Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and other leaders of parties that are part of the current government have formally signed a memorandum of agreement today.
Aside from Anwar, BN chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Sabah Chief Minister Hajiji Noor, Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg and Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal were present at the signing ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya today.
Describing it as a historic moment in the country’s politics, Anwar said this cooperation has a clear direction in ensuring a stable government that focuses on good governance and developing the economy.
“In this memorandum, what was agreed upon was not positions or power, but policies based on good governance and driving the economy in a fresh and convincing manner.
“I am touched to be given the trust and commitment. Together with a capable team, it will enable us to face any issues within and without Parliament with one voice (that is) Malaysia’s unity government,” he said in a short press conference after the signing ceremony today.
Secretary-generals of the parties were also present for the signing of the memorandum.
Aside from the priority on good governance and rejuvenating the economy, Anwar said they will also pay attention to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 as well as the development and policies of Sabah and Sarawak.
He added that he already committed to Abang Johari and Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof that financial issues plaguing Sabah and Sarawak will be examined and brought to the cabinet meeting next week so they can be resolved as soon as possible.
“Other issues related to legislation and amendments will of course take longer time and we will look at those in the next parliamentary sitting,” Anwar said.
When asked whether the memorandum will ensure a stable and lasting government for the next five years, Anwar said he is “extremely encouraged” by the trust and commitment of the parties involved.
The Tambun MP said they underwent intense negotiations, which were not very difficult, as they were able to agree on broad parameters and policies.
“It makes a lot of sense to achieve this sort of understanding based on shared principles and policies.
“There is no reason we should be talking about fragility and problems encountered by me and the team,” Anwar said.
The other party leaders concurred with Anwar, with all of them emphasising the need for a stable government which can restore the economy. – Malaysiakini