SHAH ALAM, March 19 – Deputy President of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), Rafizi Ramli described the Unity Government as inheriting an administration that has many faults and needs to be corrected. Rafizi who is also the Minister of Economy gave an analogy that the Unity Government seemed to inherit a ‘house’ that had a lot of damage caused by the previous ‘occupants’. The poles are eaten by termites, the floor is hollow and fragile, the roof is partially hollow.
Before that the roof was hollow because it was punctured, the water and electricity bills of the old residents were not paid so they had to be cut off,” he said in the Deputy President’s Closing Speech at the Special National Congress PKR 2023 is here today. Rafizi said that the situation brought different and new challenges for the Unity Government in its desire to help the people through sustainable government policies.
“The challenge comes at once in the situation of our limited financial position and reach, which means we have to make a choice. If we inherit a house like this, at this time do we want to pay the arrears of the bill so that there will be fire or electricity first, or most likely we will have to repair the poles that were eaten by termites or make the choice to live with a floor or roof with holes,” he said.
He said, however, through the various programs and initiatives of the Unity Government that are starting to bear fruit, the people are increasingly able to distinguish between the current government and the opposition who are only good at disputing the government’s efforts to repair the damage done by the previous administration. Meanwhile, Rafizi is also confident that Pakatan Harapan (PH) still receives a positive level of support among Malay voters, especially young people, based on the latest facts and data that he himself checked through the results of the 15th General Election (GE15).
He said, indeed, there was a shift in the number of votes to Perikatan Nasional (PN) in GE15, but it was only in certain areas and not in the whole country. Look as a whole, especially the states that are our strength (PH) in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang, when we compare the level of support of Malay voters in 2022 (GE15) compared to 2018 (GE14) there is actually no big difference. For example, voter support in Selangor is more than 40 percent in the eastern region in 2022 and even in 2018 it was also more than 40 percent and there was a big shift (vote) in the west coast of Selangor.
But it was more from UMNO to PN. It was not PH that lost votes,” he said and added that the same situation is also seen in Negeri Sembilan and Penang. Thus, Rafizi rejected the claims of the opposition who are confident of taking over the administration in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang from PH in the next State Election (PRN). – Named