Stop large-scale events, PM tells govt agencies

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged government agencies to stop organising large-scale events to avoid wasteful spending.

This, the premier said, includes buying new clothes for events.

“For example, some agencies and departments when there are events, they will buy new clothes or new ‘batik’.

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“We should stop this. Should we stop the practice, the money can be better channelled to those in need,” he said in his speech at the national-level 2022 Hawkers and Petty Traders Day Convention (Konvensyen Hari Penjaja dan Peniaga Kecil) (HPPK2022).

Anwar said new clothes for any occasion should be bought only when necessary, and for lower grade staff only and the B40 group.

“Do not give it to me, the ministers, or the secretary-general at ministries.”

Anwar said such effort though considered a small matter by some, could benefit the poor.

“Before this, I refused to use a Mercedes (the car provided by the Prime Minister’s Department) and some people said it was a small matter.

“The same goes with me not taking a salary. (But) if all these are stopped, the allocation can be used to aid the poor,” he said.

Earlier, Anwar convened a meeting with all MPs in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur to discuss several policy matters and efforts to tackle the issues of urban poverty.

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In a posting on Facebook, Anwar said as he stressed before, the main focus of the current government is on the effort to help alleviate the people’s burden.

The meeting held at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was also attended by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.

The prime minister said he also held a meeting with the top management of the City Hall this morning.

“I was also given several briefings relating to DBKL management and affairs,” he said.

This was Anwar’s first visit to the City Hall since his appointment as the country’s 10th prime minister on November 24.