‘But you said it last year’: Anwar’s response to attacks over cheaper fuel pledge backfires
This follows his social media post defending himself against allegations of failing to keep his word on the matter.
(MalaysiaNow) – Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that critics who cite his promise to bring down fuel prices are relying on speeches he made 15 years ago when oil was cheaper appears to have backfired, with comments flooding social media over a video clip of a similar promise he made just a year ago.
Anwar first referred to the promise of lowering fuel prices in the Dewan Rakyat last month, in response to a jibe from opposition leader Hamzah Zainudin.
The prime minister accused critics of manipulating his words, saying the pledge was made at a time when global fuel prices were low, and giving the example of how a litre of petrol in Saudi Arabia was 50 sen while the same amount was priced at RM2.21 in Malaysia.
He then reminded them that the promise to lower fuel price was also endorsed by PAS, which was part of his Pakatan Rakyat coalition at the time.
“Therefore, it is not accurate for you (opposition) to continue using comments made together when we were in Pakatan Rakyat before,” he said.
PAS MP Idris Ahmad then reminded Anwar that he had repeated the same promise as recently as 2022. However, the prime minister continued drawing comparisons with Saudi Arabia where he said fuel prices were currently higher than in Malaysia.