Anwar's promises unmet, public grapples with cost of living issues - Analyst

Madani principles not fully understood by public, says UiTM professor

27 Apr 2024 08:15am
Photo for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX
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SHAH ALAM – Dissatisfaction with the Unity Government's performance is widespread, particularly concerning economic issues and cost of living, as noted by political analyst Datuk Dr Jeniri Amir.

He highlighted that while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made numerous promises during his time in Opposition, his administration has struggled to address these key issues effectively since taking power.

"The main issue remains the same, particularly the cost of living," Jeniri said, pointing out the lack of pragmatic solutions to these challenges.

On a more positive note, Jeniri praised the efforts of the Selangor government under the current Menteri Besar, stating that they are diligently working towards their goals and generally succeeding in satisfying the local population.

Addressing the concerns of the Indian community, Jeniri stressed their feelings of marginalisation, particularly in terms of religious aspects and access to services.

He noted that the Indian B40 population in areas like Kuala Selangor and Kuala Kubu Baharu lacks sufficient support and grants, which adds to their dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Centre for Communication and Media Studies, College of Computing, Informatics and Media, Professor and political analyst Datuk Dr Ismail Sualman argued that awareness of Madani principles among the population has not reached the expected levels.

"There is a need to enhance more information and engagement with the rakyat to improve understanding and behavior related to Madani values," Ismail said.

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