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Anwar has his work cut out for him
BY: SRIDEVI SURYA
Newly minted Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI), has an unenviable and arduous task before him to placate all the warring political parties and factions in the recently concluded 15th general election.
Once this is done, he has to appoint the federal cabinet and do much hard work and crack his head to come up with thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how to develop and grow the economy and for this purpose he needs an array of capable and able advisers.
DSAI needs to also tread cautiously on the issue of corruption and the bigwigs that make up the so-called ‘court cluster’ but how he goes about this will be watched by Malaysians and the international community as he has given an assurance that he will not interfere with the judiciary.
Winning on the main premise of sorting out bread and butter issues, DSAI will need to see how he can control the astronomical rise in the price of goods and services and this also is seen by economists as a tricky issue.
DSAI will need to do some deft maneuvers to ensure that race and religious issues do not flare up and he has to find an amicable solution to maintain peace and harmony while freedom of worship and freedom of expression are not compromised in any way.
He needs to assure Malaysians that their freedom and liberty will always be safeguarded, that affirmative action will cover all races, and there is a willingness to engage in sound debate and discussion even with dissenters of democracy.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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