BUKIT MERTAJAM, January 24 – The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the government is indeed focused on finding a solution to lower the price of raw materials. He said, it includes ensuring sufficient production as well as providing support to domestic producers of egg, chicken and vegetable products. Anwar commented on the statement of the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who called on the government to find a solution to lower the price of raw materials.

“It’s okay, let’s listen to his (Ismail Sabri) point of view. I was able to appeal to the minister who worked for a month and a half, that if I compare, I can admit that what is being done now is more serious,” he told reporters after attending the People’s Feast in the village his page at Cherok Tok Kun here on Monday night. Earlier, in his speech at the ceremony, Anwar said that in the short time since he was appointed as Prime Minister the presence of international investors from Europe, China and the United States in Malaysia was far more encouraging than in previous years.

“Alhamdulillah with this confidence, the ringgit has strengthened. If our currency falls, this will cause high import costs and increase the price of goods. When the price of goods increases, including the price of food, this will burden the people,” he said. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the 2023 Budget, which will be presented again on 24 February, will touch upon the digitization and modern agriculture sectors in an effort to ensure the country’s economy remains sustainable.

Anwar said he would also consider higher allocations for Penang, Sabah and Sarawak which were deemed to have received less attention before. Although Penang is the largest tax contributor to the country, he admitted that the state is often marginalized in terms of Federal budget allocations. “That is in my opinion, even if there are constraints in terms of income and expenditure, but we will pay attention because it is true that Penang is marginalized from the point of view of allocation… but it is the same as when I went to Sabah and Sarawak.

There is indeed a big shortage because the allocation for Penang is for large infrastructure, but Sabah and Sarawak include small infrastructure, clinics, hospitals, public housing and poor schools,” he said. Previously, the media reported that Anwar announced that the 2023 Budget will not be tied to the budget presented by the previous government in October 2022, but the suggestions made in the previous budget plan will still be taken into account in this new budget figure.