100 DAYS | In a rare move, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has commended Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for admitting that Pakatan Harapan is unable to fulfil all of its 100-day election promises.
This, he said, marked a departure from BN-style politics, and the beginning of a more “honest and humble” political culture.
“PAS welcomes the admission by Mahathir that Pakatan Harapan had overcommitted in its election promises to win the 14th general election [...] and this is a good start for a new political culture that is more honest and humble in the face of failure and shortcomings.
“This is as compared to the culture of 'menegakkan benang yang basah' (justifying the unjustifiable) practised by the former government,” he said in a statement today.
Mahathir previously admitted that Harapan’s 14th general election manifesto had been crafted without considering they would actually win the election.
In his televised address to mark the 100-day milestone yesterday, he said the RM1 trillion debt left by the previous government had thrown a spanner in the works for Harapan’s progress in fulfilling its election promises, but said the coalition was ultimately committed to completing the job.
Of its 10 promises, Harapan has completed two, and has made progress on the other eight. The two are to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and to review mega infrastructure projects.
'Vote PAS, MCA to pressure Harapan'
Tuan Ibrahim maintained PAS was committed to supporting Harapan in fulfilling all its election manifesto promises, by becoming a credible opposition.
The Kubang Kerian MP therefore urged those voting in the upcoming Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections to choose the opposition candidates to help hold the Harapan government accountable.
“Harapan needs a strong opposition to ensure they do not stray from fulfilling their promises to the rakyat.
“[...] In the Seri Setia and Balakong by-election campaigns, PAS will campaign to strengthen the opposition in Selangor to enrich democracy, and to add checks and balances to the Harapan-dominated Selangor legislative assembly.
“Therefore, Harapan’s loss in these two by-elections will become a catalyst for it to work hard to fulfil its manifesto. In the end, it is the people and the nation who will benefit,” he said.
In the upcoming twin by-elections, PAS’ Halimah Ali will take on Harapan-PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar in Seri Setia, a PKR stronghold.
Meanwhile in the DAP fortress of Balakong, DAP’s Wong Siew Ki will face MCA’s Tan Chee Teong.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has signalled its members to vote for MCA in Balakong, and said he was confident Umno members would support PAS in Seri Setia.