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Highlights to Anwar’s maiden press conference as 10th prime minister

NewsHighlights to Anwar's maiden press conference as 10th prime minister

Yesterday (24 November), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was officially sworn in as the 10th prime minister of Malaysia and he confirmed that the unity government is made up of Pakatan Harapan (PH), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), as well as Warisan, Muda and independents.

Speaking at his maiden press conference as the prime minister, Anwar said he would not oppose to any other parties to join the pact.

“I take a very open view. This is a national unity government and all are welcomed on condition that we accept the fundamental rules of good governance, no corruption and Malaysia for all Malaysians,” he said.

He also said that PH and the unity government will continue to uphold the status of Bahasa Malaysia as the official language, Islam’s status as the official religion, the privileges of the Malays and Bumiputera and the position of the Malay Rulers as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

At the same time, he also stressed that the unity government will uphold the rights of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religious belief or region, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak.

“None should be marginalised under my administration,” he said.

What Anwar will do next?

Meanwhile, Anwar also said that he would accept the challenge posed by Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to have a vote of confidence in the next Parliament session.

Commenting on his next move, Anwar said his government would clear the emoluments before tabling a new and revised budget.

He also pledged to decline his prime minister’s salary as part of his election promise.

He added that his administration will focus on the economy and will do whatever it takes to revive the economy so that the poor and the marginalised will be protected.

Before ending his speech, Anwar announced that Monday (28 November) is a public holiday.

Watch the press conference here:

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