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“Only the corrupt will oppose Nurul Izzah’s appointment as PM’s economics/finance advisor” By Jason Ong Khan Lee

Publish date: Mon, 30 Jan 2023, 05:37 PM


THAT Nurul Izzah Anwar started her role as senior economics and finance advisor to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Jan 3 should be great news for all Malaysians alike. As such, only those who are corrupt would be opposed to her appointment.

Nurul Izzah’s appointment is also timely as our country faces an uphill battle to combat inflation and corruption amidst a backdrop of sluggish global economy. As the PM’s senior advisor, Nurul Izzah is a trustworthy person to carry out any responsibilities placed upon her by the PM to ensure that the country is stable and in good hands.

We should also be reminded that this is NOT a Pakatan Harapan (PH) government but a unity government that includes UMNO - a long-time rival of PH. Therefore, it is imperative that the PM has a trusted and empowered person from within PH to oversee things when the PM is unable to attend to them himself.

It is clear that the PM does not take advantage of his position to simply appoint people to positions nor does he simply burden the nation with additional and unnecessary expenses. Hence, the PM and Nurul Izzah do not receive salaries and allowances that come with the job description.

The principles and integrity of the Anwar family is one that the nation could put their trust in.

The members of PH and PKR can all attest to the abilities and capabilities of Nurul Izzah as a leader and friend to everyone. She is well-qualified and well-suited for the job and above all, she did not accept the position to get rich like all other politicians.

As a Reformasi Princess who went through all sorts of trials and tribulations including suffering a miscarriage recently while tirelessly seeking justice for her father and Malaysia, there is no other more qualified than her to hold the position of senior advisor to the PM.

For Nurul Izzah, integrity is her strongest suit. At a tumultuous time like this, she is exactly what our country needs to move forward and progress in a positive direction. What more, having a capable woman leader as Nurul Izzah in a conspicuous position bodes well for the nation.

Truly, her passion for reform can now be translated into action so that courageous and progressive changes can be made. All we need to do is give her a chance to serve the people and nation in a wider scope. - Jan 30, 2023

Jason Ong Khan Lee is the Kebun Bunga state assemblyman and PKR Bukit Bendera Division chairman in Penang.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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A trustworthy person to assist PM to check government contracts maybe true, but unfortunately, in general, nepotism in public eyes is also very true.

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From different points of angle, opine PM Anwar's move is good for a check and balance especially for procurements and turnkey projects so as to prevent any exorbitant spending. In this respect, he need a most trustworthy personnel and deems his daughter is suitable for the post. Important is all contracts are on 'open tender'.

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