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Anwar says discussed hardcore poverty, citizenship issues with Sabah PKR
Published on: Saturday, April 20, 2024
By: Bernama
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Anwar says discussed hardcore poverty, citizenship issues with Sabah PKR
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR president, during the Sabah PKR State Leadership Council meeting in Kota Kinabalu April 20, 2024. (Bernama pic)
Kota Kinabalu: Eliminating hardcore poverty and the issue of citizenship in Sabah are among the main areas discussed with the Sabah PKR State Leadership Council (MPN) here today, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is also the PKR president, said the Sabah PKR MPN has expressed the importance of speeding up efforts to eradicate hardcore poverty in the state and also put up suggestions to deal with the matter.

Also discussed was the importance of strengthening cooperation between the federal and state governments to overcome citizenship issues in Sabah, especially those involving residents who still do not have valid identification documents, he said.

“Of course (overcoming the citizenship issue) will be according to the conditions determined by our country. I was moved when I saw that the focus was there (to overcome) the problem of poverty and there was no valid document,” he told reporters here today.

Earlier he held a special meeting with the Sabah PKR MPN here which was also attended by Wanita PKR chief Fadhlina Sidek who is also the Education Minister, PKR Information chief Fahmi Fadzil who is also the Communications Minister, and Sabah PKR MPN chairman Datuk Dr Sangkar Rasam.

Also present were 26 Sabah PKR division heads, among them were Kota Belud PKR division chief Datuk Mustapha Sakmud who is also the Deputy Higher Education Minister, Kota Kinabalu PKR division head Datuk Christina Liew who is also the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister.

Anwar said the Sabah PKR MPN has also provided views on the council’s leadership issue and any decision related to the issue will be made after discussions with the leadership at central level.

“(We) consulted with the heads of the divisions (in Sabah)... they gave me their views for consideration (and) we will refer to the central leadership. We will consult the central leadership and make a decision,” he said.

Asked about the 17th Sabah state election, he said the discussion also involved preparations for the election at the grassroots and branch levels of the party, but did not comment further. 

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