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Friday, August 30, 2013

Pakatan accepts GE13 results, let’s talk unity “immediately” - Anwar


Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim signalled his readiness to hold unity talks between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional when he said today that the opposition will accept the results of the 13th general election.
Anwar, in his Merdeka Day speech, also pushed for a quick meeting between both parties to solve various issues plaguing the country.
"The meeting between both sides must be held immediately to save Malaysia, especially in light of the country's 56th birthday tomorrow," he said.
The Prime Minister's office has so far brushed aside talk of a unity government, saying there will be no discussions on that subject until the opposition stops challenging the results of the general election which was held in May.
Anwar said although Pakatan Rakyat won the popular vote, it is ready to overlook the errors and mistakes of the Election Commission.
He added that the topics to be covered in any discussion must include racial and religious issues that had caused some tension recently.
Other pressing issues include the slowing down of the nation's economy and the rising crime rate, which was worrying the public both in the urban and rural areas.
"Discussions should also touch on the administrative aspect of the government to curb corruption and lack of transparency in the issuance of tenders," Anwar said.
The opposition leader wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be open to discussions because there are many policies and programmes which need more attention.
"Pakatan Rakyat's willingness to invite Barisan Nasional to the negotiation table isn't just about forming a unified government but also an act commonly adopted by democratic governments," he said.
Speaking of the recent Fitch ratings downgrade for Malaysia, Anwar said the government could save about RM20 billion annually if it managed the country's economy better.
"In order to achieve this objective, it is imperative that Barisan Nasional reduce the country's fiscal deficit and tackle the issue of corruption on the issuance of tenders.
"The government should also stop inciting the public by using mainstream media organisations and non-governmental organisations as propaganda tools.
"As we celebrate the nation's 56th birthday, our communities should be educated to be more mature instead of being exposed to political agendas which can tear a country apart."

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