PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim has slammed Perikatan Nasional for placing sloganeering forward of serving to to enhance individuals’s lives when the opposition coalition was in energy.
He stated long-standing points reminiscent of corruption and the rising price of dwelling weren’t tackled throughout their time in authorities (from March 2020 to November 2022).
When in opposition, that they had then focussed on racial-religious rhetoric to make sure victory on the elections, he stated.
“What did PAS and Bersatu do once they have been within the federal authorities? What adjustments have they made for the Malays? Was the Malay language empowered? Was Islam strengthened? Has corruption been diminished?
“No, what they’ve executed probably the most is sloganeering. And these days election victory is all about slogans as a substitute of (serving to) the individuals,” he stated whereas on the marketing campaign path in Johor.
Two by-elections are being held on Sept 9, for the parliamentary seat of Pulai and the Johor state meeting seat of Simpang Jeram.
Anwar urged voters to notice the cheaper price for rooster for the reason that unity coalition got here into energy final yr and attributed it to former home commerce and price of dwelling minister Salahuddin Ayub.
Salahuddin, who had held each the Pulai and Simpang Jeram seats, died in July. His demise triggered by-elections within the two seats.
Anwar stated the late Salahuddin was a hardworking minister who understood the individuals’s issues.
“Would Salahuddin settle for the prices of dwelling he sees now? No. Every time he noticed me he would suggest concepts for reducing the costs of things, Menu Rahmah programmes till I received bored with listening to him.”
He additionally dismissed claims that the elevated tariff for electrical energy has affected individuals’s livelihoods as a result of the brand new price was solely focused on the high-income group.
Anwar additionally criticised PN for neglecting the issues confronted by Sultanah Aminah Hospital, together with the shortage of parking house and lack of rooms.
“I went to see the wards and noticed that hospital beds have been in every single place within the hall. Didn’t PAS and Bersatu discover this earlier than? Why didn’t they remedy it? What are they busy with?”
Earlier right now, Anwar, who’s prime minister and finance minister, authorized an instantaneous allocation of RM500 million to improve the hospital, together with development of a multi-storey automotive park in addition to a number of new high-rise blocks.