SINGAPORE, September 15 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim shared a vision for Malaysia to regain the status it achieved in the 1990s and become a prominent nation in the region – in terms of economics, politics, good governance, and as an example of a diverse multicultural society. Speaking at the 2023 Milken Institute Asia Summit in Singapore on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said, based on the current scenario and the team in place, he was optimistic that this goal could be achieved.
“We need to expedite the process and accelerate the reforms we promised to the country,” he said during a special session titled ‘A Conversation with Prime Minister of Malaysia,’ which was broadcasted online. Anwar envisioned Malaysia developing as an example of a multicultural society that values humanity and compassion. However, he emphasized that it depended on the government’s ability to govern fairly and justly. “Whatever issues we need to address at this point, with racial tensions and religious bigotry, I believe it’s only a matter of time. With confidence, perseverance, and clear goals, we will be able to take Malaysia forward,” he said.
When asked about the political instability that concerns foreign investors, Anwar asserted that the Federal Government had a strong majority in Parliament, thus refuting perceptions of political instability in the country. He believed that with the right and clear economic policies, Malaysia could outperform the 1990s, thanks to the government’s commitment to good governance, an element often missing in many developing nations.