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Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim vows to unite country, fight corruption

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New Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has promised to build a “Malaysia for all Malaysians”, fight corruption and reiterated that he will not take a salary hike as Malaysians grapple with the rising cost of living.

Anwar, who campaigned for Malaysia’s top post for 24 years amid political coups and prison terms, said improving the Southeast Asian country’s economy would be his priority. He said that China remains important to Malaysia’s economic interests.

Waiting for 24 years…

Fielding the question at a full-house press conference after being sworn in as the country’s 10th prime minister on Thursday, Anwar said he would push to make Malaysia a place that would accept any group, including the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak. does not marginalize or ignore.

,[Earlier] my grandson asked me how long you have to wait [for the swearing-in ceremony], I didn’t say for a long time, only 24 years,” he said at Sungai Long Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

He added that despite “trials and tribulations”, and even though others tried to “crush and frustrate” his path to the premiership, “I am proud to say that we achieved – for Anwar No, not for ministers, no [for] To give a new sense of confidence to party leaders but also to all Malaysians. This is their land, and this is their country.”

Anwar Ibrahim faces a sea of ​​reporters after his swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

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“There are some core issues that we will never compromise on [on],” he said, citing issues of good governance, anti-corruption and judicial independence.

“And more importantly, the issue of the welfare of the common ‘rakyat’ which includes the issue of cost of living,” he said, using the Malay word for citizens.

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