PH com­mit­ted to poli­cies de­spite claims of lib­er­al­ism

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - MOHD ANUAR TAHIR

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) will re­main com­mit­ted to its poli­cies de­spite claims that they are “lib­eral” in na­ture, said Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mohd Anuar Tahir.

He said PH had valid rea­sons for de­fend­ing the de­ci­sions it made since tak­ing over.

He said not all of PH’s de­ci­sions and poli­cies were lib­eral, de­spite claims that the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions had of­fended Malays and Mus­lims.

“We are man­ag­ing is­sues that deal with lib­er­al­ism. We know what needs to be done as we are al­ways en­gag­ing the peo­ple.

“The ques­tion of whether Malay and Mus­lim sup­port for PH will erode if we do not man­age these is­sues prop­erly is noth­ing more than a play on sen­ti­ments by our op­po­nents.”

Anuar was com­ment­ing on a re­port by opin­ion re­search firm Merdeka Cen­tre, which said PH’s poli­cies, deemed by some as lib­eral in na­ture, risked alien­at­ing Malays and Mus­lims over the next five years.

Merdeka Cen­tre, in its re­port, said the Malay vote was split into three, where 30 to 33 per cent voted for Pas, 35 to 40 per cent voted for Barisan Na­sional and 25 to 30 per cent sup­ported PH.

The re­port said most Malays re­garded PH as a coali­tion con­trolled by pre­dom­i­nant­lyChi­nese DAP.

The re­port said the ap­point­ment of DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng as fi­nance min­is­ter and Tommy Thomas as at­tor­ney-gen­eral had raised con­cerns among Malays and Mus­lims, as did the al­leged dis­re­spect shown by some to­wards the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

Anuar said PH par­ties en­gaged each other al­ways, and were open to dis­cus­sion when han­dling sen­si­tive mat­ters.

We know what needs to be done as we are al­ways en­gag­ing the peo­ple.

Parti Amanah Ne­gara sec­re­tary-gen­eral

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