Amidst the instability concerns, Sarawak premier Johari urges to ‘stop creating so many problems’ for Ibrahim

Speaking from his office in Kuching City, Abang Johari expressed concern over the current political disturbances and urged his political colleagues to “stop creating so many problems”.

Amidst growing political turmoil in Malaysia, a prominent supporter of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s ruling alliance, Abang Johari Tun Openg, has called upon the nation’s politicians to cease undermining the government. Johari, who holds a crucial position as the leader of Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak, emphasized the need for political stability to address pressing economic challenges.

Speaking from his office in Kuching city, Abang Johari Tun Openg expressed concern over the ongoing political disturbances that have plagued the 14-month-old government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. He urged his political colleagues to “stop creating so many problems” and underscored the imperative of focusing on the economic issues facing the nation.

This meeting, fueled by political manoeuvring, has added to the already complex landscape of Malaysian politics, marked by frequent changes in leadership since 2018. In an interview in Kuching city at his office, Johari said, “There are many external problems that can affect us.” He also added by saying, “We must be able to look at ourselves and how we can strengthen our competitive advantage.” It would be difficult for the leaders to concentrate if the domestic politicians keep creating instability, he asserted.

The Sarawak leader’s influence could play a pivotal role in shaping the political landscape, as he advocates for a united front to confront economic issues and external pressures. Johari also asserted that they wanted a stable federal government regardless of who was in power. Johari’s stance aligns with the broader call for national resilience and strategic collaboration to secure Malaysia’s economic future.

Moody’s Investors Service resonated with the concerns of Abang Johari regarding the economic impact of the political turmoil, and in the January 16 report, Moody’s stated that entrenched concerns around the stability of the unity government risks fomenting negative investor perceptions of Malaysia’s political risks and policy gridlock, hampering the longer term economic competitiveness of the country. The ruckus has compressed the currency of Malaysia, with the ringgit the worst-performing currency since the beginning of 2023 in the emerging markets in Asia.