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Malaysian PM pleas for unity of purpose and mutual respect

Malaysian PM pleas for unity of purpose and mutual respect


The Malaysian government is to focus on the principle of ‘Leaving No One Behind’ as it implements the recently unveiled 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said with the theme ‘A Prosperous, Inclusive, Sustainable Malaysia’, 12MP will address the disparity between states and the income gaps between socioeconomic groups.

In his opening address at the virtual Khazanah Megatrends Forum (KMF) 2021, he said: “We will ensure that basic needs such as water, electricity and internet connections are met for all Malaysians.”

The Forum, themed ‘The Invention of Tomorrow: Crafting Our New Collective Narrative’, was attended by representatives of the sovereign wealth fund Khazanah, including managing director Datuk Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir.


Pre-Budget statement

Ismail Sabri, who is also Khazanah’s chairman, has said that Budget 2022 – expected to be tabled in Parliament on 29 October – “will address the immediate fiscal issues with great urgency”.

He said: “This year, for the first time ever, we have also released a pre-Budget statement to outline our intentions for the budget, and we have also distributed five Public Consultation Papers on a variety of structural reform issues.” he said.

Ismail Sabri said the National Recovery Council would play a leading role in restoring the nation’s economic health and prosperity. “We will take a broad and inclusive societal approach for the greater good of Malaysia, drawing up strategies and various tactics that will take us out of the pandemic into a safe and sustainable plan in living with an endemic COVID-19 scenario,” he said.

Regarding the Covid-19 situation, the Prime Minister said Malaysia must be prepared to accept that the country can no longer return to the carefree ‘normality’ of the past.

“We will implement policies that will encourage the attitudes and behaviours which will be necessary in this scenario. Malaysians will have clear standard operating procedures (SOPs), will be trusted to exercise responsibility, and in return, will enjoy a resumption of social and economic activities – along a clear path defined by a meaningful government strategy,” he said.


Mutual respect

Ismail Sabri urged Malaysians to embrace mutual respect. “Our intent must be that all Malaysians shall strive for prosperity, economic security, equal opportunity, education, healthcare, safety, social justice and mutual respect.

“It is a country of kindness, compassion, peace, happiness – despite our differences,” he said.

“It should not be a political competition, it must be one of national unity and cooperation. This is an inclusive government – all opinions will be taken into account before decisions are finalised,” he added.