Defending his daughter’s adviser role, Malaysia PM Anwar says Nurul Izzah will ensure government transparency

Mr Anwar reportedly said that Ms Nurul Izzah did not take on the role “to take projects” but to “help” him. 

“My daughter was eager to help me in any way she could. If she came to help me without being given an official position, people will question her intentions even more severely than they do now,” he said. 

Mr Anwar also denied claims of nepotism in his daughter’s appointment, adding that some of his critics were in no place to criticise him as they themselves had given “millions of ringgits worth of contracts” to their children. 

“Nepotism is where (a family member) is given a position to abuse power, enrich themselves, obtain contracts and get paid a huge sum … This is not the case,” he was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today, though he did not elaborate on the allegations.

Following reports that Malaysia’s global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) had dropped from 48 in 2021 to 47 last year, Mr Anwar on Tuesday pledged that he would not commit acts of corruption or bribery. 

“I will personally guarantee that there will be no acts of corruption, bribery or misuse of power during my term as prime minister,” he was quoted as saying by The Star. 

“I also pledge my administration’s willingness to fully cooperate with any investigations launched by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.”

Opposition politicians, including Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin and its secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin, have been calling for Ms Nurul Izzah to step down from the role.

Kedah’s chief minister Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has also questioned the arrangement of Ms Nurul Izzah being a senior adviser without pay. 

“I don’t think there is such a position. If you render your service but there is no salary involved, what is that? This is not an NGO (non-governmental organisation), this is the government,” he was quoted by New Straits Times as telling reporters after attending the state-level Chinese New Year dinner on Tuesday.

Mr Sanusi is a member of the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia. 

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