Explain issues clearly or find someone who can, Rafizi tells ministers

PKR vice-president and former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.

SEREMBAN: Rafizi Ramli yesterday urged ministers to explain issues clearly, saying otherwise it makes it easy for their political opponents to attack the government.

“A minister must know how to explain issues. You are paid to explain (issues). If you can’t do it, find an officer who can,” he said at a talk in Bandar Seri Sendayan last night.

The PKR vice-president said the racial narrative of PAS and Umno had dominated social media for the last 10 months in part because of ministers’ failure to address or explain issues properly.

He cited issues such as the increase in prices of goods, or jewellery linked to Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak.

He said Putrajaya’s failure to explain such matters shows that it does not have a good communication strategy.

This would see PAS or Umno supporters being vocal which, in the end, could influence fence-sitters, he added.

The former Pandan MP said one reason for Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) victory in the May 9 polls was because the Malays understood and were concerned about topics like corruption and misappropriation in Felda or Tabung Haji, which were made understandable.

“This also managed to sway the Malay fence-sitters,” he said.

He urged the PH administration not to be oversensitive to criticism, saying constructive criticism can help boost the government’s performance.

“Right now, we are too defensive, to the point where the government comes up with policies which it feels can benefit the people.”