GE15 key to political stability, regaining the people’s trust in the federal government

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Abang Johari said he was unable to say when GE15 will be convened as he is only the Prime Minister of Sarawak, not the Prime Minister of Malaysia. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (June 24): Sarawak’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today said he was leaving Putrajaya to call the 15th general election (GE15).

He said he was unable to say when the GE15 will be convened as he is only the Prime Minister of Sarawak, not the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

“It is important for Malaysia to have a strong federal government and political stability and that investments will be affected when people lose confidence in the federal government,” he told reporters after opening the Masjid Darul Naim, Kampug Lintang here.

“In such a case, there is no inflow of foreign capital into the country, so foreign investors will not buy our currency as they have doubts about Malaysia’s political stability.”

As for those urging Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to hold the GE15 as soon as possible to tackle the country’s rising inflation rate, Abang Johari said the problem was not unique to Malaysia.

He said other countries are also experiencing it due to the rising cost of consumer goods.

The prime minister said development projects such as roads and bridges in Sarawak will not be affected by the high cost of goods, including building materials.

He said the state government had already put in place a development agenda last year with the launch of Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) which is currently underway.

“If there are ‘sick’ projects, we will engage salvage contractors where building material costs are adjusted upwards to meet current material prices.

“This means that the implementation of these ‘sick’ projects will not be delayed,” he said.

However, Abang Johari said the high cost of goods will affect Sarawak as most of its consumer items are imported while the Malaysian currency is weak.

He said the weak ringgit would result in a high cost of imported goods being passed on to consumers.

He said it is for this reason that the state government has decided to reduce electricity charges to ease the burden on consumers.

He said Malaysia’s economy needs to grow to overcome the high cost of goods.

“We also need to increase our exports so that there is supply and demand for local currency,” he said. – Malaysian Mail








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