Were Harapan supporters promised the impossible?

S Thayaparan

Modified 27 Nov 2019, 8:28 am

"To avoid the Wan Ji mishap from happening again, all DPPs should read the Harapan manifesto on New Malaysia and seek any new instructions from the attorney-general if they have queries, especially with regard to cases before the last general election."

– Lim Kit Siang

COMMENT | At the Perak DAP convention, Lim Kit Siang said something rather queer. He said Harapan had to admit that it promised the impossible in its election manifesto. He also said that he believed Malaysians would “appreciate our frankness, with their support and confidence largely intact”.

Lim Kit Siang is late to the party. The prime minister of this country, the prime minister that the Harapan political elite support, has already pooh-poohed the election manifesto.

Here is what Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently said: “We thought we were going to lose. We put in tough things in the manifesto so that if we lose, the (BN) government would be in a quandary (after winning the polls).

“But now, we are the government. We are victims of our own manifesto.”

I have no idea if Malaysians would appreciate being reminded that the election manifesto is worthless. I suppose some Malaysians whose only aim were to remove the Najib regime, would understand that the manifesto is worthless...

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