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Has the dust settled for Anwar or will he face swirling sands ahead? 

Anwar's government will be roundly tested, but hopefully, it will strive to bring about realistic changes to the entrenched order

ANWAR IBRAHIM OFFICIAL/FACEBOOK

Anwar Ibrahim is our new Prime Minister. Now begins the arduous task of forming a cabinet from among the pull-and-shove political groups who are lending their support to him.

Anwar has the onerous task of accommodating the demands of the political coalitions in the ‘unity government’ – while ensuring that the cabinet is made up of individuals of calibre, not deadwood.

Once the taxing task of forming a credible cabinet is done, the next stop will be 19 December, when Parliament is scheduled to reconvene.

In the spirit of true democratic principles, Anwar has announced he will seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the house – a motion that the back-door Mahiaddin Yasin-led and Ismail Sabri Yaakob-led governments did not have the courage to table.

With the numbers pledged to Anwar’s government, there is little doubt his motion will succeed – unless some devil’s advocate moves the pawns to checkmate the king! 

Next, Anwar will have to table the 2023 Budget. The challenges are well- defined – especially the rising cost of living and low wages, affecting low and middle-income wage earners and those entrapped in the informal sector.

Once past the initial minefield, he will have to come up with policies in line with Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto.

If he does not have to contend with obnoxious ploys like the ‘Sheraton move’, Anwar will have the comfort of a full term to implement a wide range of transformative measures – though that is easier said than done.

His administration will obviously be plagued by the race-and-religious based opposition bloc dominated by Pas. As the formal opposition, its representatives are likely to throw a spanner in the works at every turn to thwart a progressive transformation of the status quo.

READ MORE:  Cabinet ministers: How many should Anwar choose? 

Faced with such swirling sands, Anwar’s government will be roundly tested. A fleeting five years in government cannot, by any means, be enough to dismantle the ingrained decades-old quid-pro-quo political culture.

But the hope is that Anwar’s administration will strive to bring about realistic changes to the entrenched socioeconomic and political ecosystem. 

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K Veeriah, a longtime Aliran contributor, has been a trade union industrial relations officer, involved mainly in collective bargaining and handling trade disputes, since 1978. He has also served as secretary of the Penang division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress since 1991, after stints on the MTUC's national executive committee and general council
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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
4 Dec 2022 10.57am

They may have come together for own reasons and interests and thus if each strives for own interest and not for good of all Malaysians and Malaysia the Unity Government may have a short life span and DSAI may be on record for being the shortest serving in Malaysia and may be world.
HOPE AND PRAY NOT AND GOOD SENSE WILL PREVAIL FOR ALL MALAYSIANS.
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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
4 Dec 2022 10.55am

DSAI is our new PM and a new cabinet has been formed comprising of pull-and-shove political groups who have lent their support to him. DSAI will have the onerous task of accommodating the demands of the political coalitions in the ‘unity government’.

They may have come together for own reasons and interests and thus if each strives for own interest and not for good of all Malaysians and Malaysia the Unity Government have a short life span and DSAI may be on record for being the shortest serving in Malaysia and may be world and his UNITY GOVERNMENT ONLY IN NAME.

At least DSAI’s ambition for post of PM would have been achieved for which he struggled.

HOPE AND PRAY NOT AND GOOD SENSE WILL PREVAIL FOR ALL MALAYSIANS.
Bless all