PMX’s Empty Promises: The Cost of Political Rhetoric and Implications for not Fixing the Economy

By Mihar Dias,

In the world of Malaysian politics, promises are as abundant as they are unfulfilled.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s recent rhetoric about cracking down on corruption and lowering prices is just the latest in a series of empty assurances from the country’s leaders.

Anwar’s vow to be strict and intolerant towards those siphoning the nation’s revenue sounds impressive, but it’s unclear how this will translate into tangible benefits for the average citizen. His assertion that stopping corruption will magically reduce prices reeks of oversimplification and political grandstanding.

Meanwhile, the public is left to grapple with the harsh reality of a weak Ringgit and skyrocketing prices.

Despite Anwar’s promise to raise civil servants’ salaries, there’s a lingering doubt about the government’s ability to deliver on this pledge without plunging the country further into debt.

The public’s frustration is palpable, especially on social media platforms like X, where users are quick to point out the government’s shortcomings.

They demand more than just promises—they want results. The lack of transparency and effective communication from the government only adds fuel to the fire, leaving many feeling misled and disillusioned.

Comparisons to the previous administration under Najib Razak are inevitable, with some questioning why the economy seems to be faring worse under Anwar’s leadership.

There’s even a suggestion that Anwar should apologize to Najib for past campaigns against him, highlighting the growing disillusionment with the current government.

In the end, the people of Malaysia are tired of empty promises and political games.

They want a government that delivers real change and improves their lives, not one that only pays lip service to their concerns.

Until then, Anwar’s promises will ring hollow, and the people will continue to suffer the consequences of his government’s failures.