Please resolve SOSMA detainees issue fast – Ganabatirau

Family members of SOSMA detainees during a protest today in front of the Sungai Buloh Prison. Photo courtesy of Ganabatirau Veraman Facebook.

SUNGAI BULOH, Jul 31: Klang Member of Parliament Ganabatirau Veraman today stood in solidarity with the families of SOSMA detainees in front of the Sungai Buloh Prison when they went on a hunger strike to protest the detainees being holed up in prison for months without trial.

Having been in detention himself under the previous Internal Security Act (ISA) without trial for 495 days, Ganabatirau said he could “not stand watching the families’ grief and tears,” in his Facebook posting today.

He also hoped the government will resolve the matter with some immediate solutions, adding that Pakatan Harapan had been always against detention without trial.

Member of Parliament for Klang, Ganabatirau Veraman speaking to protesters in front of Sungai Buloh Prison.

Meanwhile, in an earlier posting the MP also took to explaining in Bahasa Malaysia, the vision of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Madani Economy, with the hope of more people understanding the government’s economic plan for the country.

He said the concept of Madani Economy, introduced on July 27, was aimed at a dynamic growth for the country’s economy, with Anwar aiming to make Malaysia among the world’s top 30 economies.

This is not impossible, he said.

Malaysia recorded signifcant growth and achievements since early this year. The inflation rate eased to 2.4 percent in June.

Unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent while investments in the country has gone up to RM71.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023.

The consumer price index has eased to 3.2 percent and all these achievements are pointing towards improvement compared with the recent years.

These factors also prove that the concept of a Unity Government can be a catalyst for a sustainable development for the country.

Ganabatirau also pointed at some of the achievements the country’s 10th prime minister was looking at.

These included putting Malaysia among the top 12 in the Global Competitiveness Index, the working force’s income reaching 45 percent of the total income while raising the participation of women in the work force to go up to 60 percent.

Other ambitions also include reaching the top 25 in the global human capital development index and raising Malaysia’s score and bringing down its current standing in the global corruption index as well hitting a fiscal deficit of 3 percent or less.

These are not empty projections and the government has already started moving towards making them a reality, Ganabatirau said, adding that there were still many more efforts to be taken and reviews to be made such as those with regards to the foreign workers policy, social safety networks to strengthen Malaysians’ preparedness in their old age.

“The Unity Government has planned and carried out many new economic initiatives to raise up the country’s economy and I am confident that with the necessary action plans, our country can reach an economic growth of more than 5 percent.”

— WE