Guan Eng: Dr M no longer committed to Harapan manifesto

Modified 27 Feb 2020, 9:52 am

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was no longer committed to fulfilling Pakatan Harapan's election pledges, claimed DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

In a statement today, Lim (above) said Mahathir had expressed this during their meeting on Feb 25.

Lim said Harapan - then comprising PKR, Amanah, DAP and Bersatu - was bound to its election manifesto.

"The four parties may have a different ideology and aspirations, but we make common ground and are bound by the general election manifesto agreed to by all," he said.

Lim said over the past 21 months, the election pledges had been implemented in stages, including:

  • Reducing North-South Highway toll charges by 18 percent and eliminating further increase in toll charges.
  • Initiating the MySalam insurance scheme which paid between RM4,000 and RM8,000 for those suffering from 45 critical illnesses.
  • Abolishing GST.
  • Saving over RM50 billion by renegotiating projects approved by the previous administration.
  • Initiating an e-wallet scheme.
  • Creating 350,000 jobs through the RM6.5 billion [email protected] programme.

It should be noted that Lim only listed achievements by the Finance Ministry, which he used to head.

Lim's final job as finance minister was preparing the economic stimulus plan, which Mahathir (below) is expected to announce today.

Mahathir is currently inviting MPs to form a unity government of individuals that is not bound by pressure from political parties.

The Harapan federal government collapsed on Monday following the withdrawal of Bersatu and Mahathir's resignation as prime minister.

However, PKR, DAP and Amanah have pledged to stay together as Harapan and have nominated Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister while reiterating their commitment towards the Harapan manifesto.


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