Protecting the country, safeguarding the rights of the majority and minority is more important than seeking international recognition – Anwar

KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim firmly believes that it is more important to save the country, protect the rights of the majority and minority, rather than achieving high marks or international recognition.


The Prime Minister’s strong stance was met with applause from the attending guests, including prominent local editors, media journalists, media NGOs, and foreign delegations from across ASEAN, in conjunction with the National Journalists Day (HAWANA) here today.

Anwar stated that he supports the government’s firm actions against seditious speeches, a step that indirectly contributes to Malaysia’s decline in the annual World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

While acknowledging RSF’s criticism of the government, he said, “If we allow racialism, fascism, or religious fanaticism to thrive in this country, then we can expect the possibility of division, interethnic conflicts, and religious disharmony”.

Malaysia’s position in the World Press Freedom Index dropped 34 places to 107th compared to last year, with a score of 52.07 points.

“I don’t mind. It doesn’t matter if we are downgraded because we firmly oppose racialism and religious fanaticism,” he said.

Related Articles


Latest Articles