Friday, December 2, 2022

Anwar declared Malaysia’s 10th PM makes headline worldwide

Secara Rawak

KUALA LUMPUR: The news on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appointment as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister has gone worldwide.

Major news outlets around the world highlighted the appointment – marking the end of a political impasse following the 15th general election (GE15) last Saturday which resulted in an unprecedented hung Parliament, which also received a wide international media coverage.

It also marked the end of almost three decades of struggle for Anwar to see this day.

Anwar, 75, was appointed by King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah after His Majesty chaired the Malay Rulers’ special meeting at the Istana Negara this morning.

Among media organisations that flashed the news on Anwar’s appointment are BBC, CNN, Xinhua, CGTN, Nikkei Asia, Indonesia’s Antara News and Singapore’s CNA.

Reuters, Al Jazeera and other international news agencies too delved into the appointment.

“Anwar Ibrahim named Malaysian PM after post-election crisis”, BBC article in its website read.

In another article headlined “Anwar Ibrahim: The man who fulfilled his goal to lead Malaysia”, BBC chronicled Anwar’s political struggle over the span of more than 20 years and his rise to the country’s top job.

“But the road ahead is still one that will be filled with challenges for Mr Anwar, who must knit together a workable governing coalition – and will undoubtedly face difficulties in his promotion of a more pluralistic, inclusive Malaysia, in the face of rising Islamism”.

Reuters ran at least four stories related to Anwar’s appointment to the premiership with the first one titled “Malaysia’s Anwar becomes prime minister, ending decades-long wait”.

South China Morning Post (SCMP) highlighted the news with headline “Opposition leader no more: Anwar Ibrahim is Malaysia’s 10th prime minister”.

Quoting Ngeow Chow Bing, director of the Institute of China Studies in the University of Malaya, SCMP reported that Malaysia-China ties to remain steady with “room for improvement and enhancement” under Anwar’s leadership.

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