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Anwar Ibrahim is ready for talks with M'sia's federal govt
Publication Date : 30-08-2013
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he is ready to engage with the ruling Barisan Nasional (Barisan) government to solve urgent issues facing Malaysians in the spirit of Merdeka (Independence Day).
Despite his earlier objections to the results of the May 5 general election, Anwar, in a press statement on Friday in conjunction with Merdeka Day, said the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition was ready to set aside differences with Barisan for the sake of the future and well being of the country.
"We believe that it is important for the prime minister to immediately hold a roundtable discussion between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat to solve various issues and come out with a unanimous solution," he said.
He said Merdeka Day should be celebrated by giving credit where it's due and not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
"The Merdeka spirit is not just about tolerance or compromise. It is about greater understanding, accepting our differences and our similarities as well as moving forward as a nation to face the challenges ahead of us," he said.