30 Jan 2019, The Edge
Malaysia is seen lacking in concrete ideas and clarity on economic policies amid administrative flip-flops eight months after the Pakatan Harapan took over the government. Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd chief economist Manokaran Mottain (pic) said greater clarity on policies will reduce market confusion. “In Malaysia, we came into a new era ... dawn of a new era. It’s been eight months but we have not seen the sunlight,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Kingsley Strategic Institute’s Malaysia Economic and Strategic Outlook Forum 2019 here yesterday.
30 Jan 2019, The Star
The government needs to present a clear and firm set of economic policies to give confidence to the people that it can navigate the country through the current challenging economic times, an economist said. According to Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd chief economist Manokaran Mottain, Malaysia is currently perceived to be lacking in clarity on economic policies amid several flip-flops made by the Pakatan Harapan government since the coalition came into power in May last year. “We need firm economic policies coming from the right people,” Manokaran said, citing, for instance, the uncertainties surrounding the fate of East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project due to conflicting statements from different ministries. Speaking at the 2019 Malaysia Economic and Strategic Outlook Forum here yesterday, Manokaran said of the Pakatan government: “We came into a new era but we have not seen the light.”
29 Jan 2019, The Edge
Leaders can craft new policies, but must be prepared to accept limitations, according to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. "The leaders are not supposed to assume that they know all, they must have the humility to reflect, listen and assess," said Anwar, who is also Member of Parliament for Port Dickson, in his keynote speech at the Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) Malaysia Economic and Strategic Outlook Forum 2019 here today.
29 Jan 2019, Free Malaysia Today
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not resort to racial issues when it faces the Umno-PAS alliance in the Semenyih state by-election on March 2. Anwar did not discount the possibility the opposition would play up racial and religious sentiments to win votes, like what it did in Saturday’s Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election. He said PH would focus instead on delivering its promises to help uplift the well-being of the people.
29 Jan 2019, The Malaysian Insight
Pakatan Harapan can head off the Umno-PAS alliance at the coming Semenyih by-election without resorting to using the race card, said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim. The state seat, which fell vacant after Selangor assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd Nor died on January 11, will be the sixth by-election since the May 9 polls last year and Bersatu’s first to contest.