KUALA LUMPUR – Wan Saiful Wan Jan was deemed unqualified to be the planner or tactical strategist of a political party if he has not enough of knowledge on the matter and refused to work hard in acquiring information.
Despite the Pakatan Harapan (PH) election manifesto was not a claimable promise, it was a pledge from the leaders to the people in gaining their mandate and trust to be in power.
Therefore, the excuses of ‘failing to gain access to information’ given by Wan Saiful following the failure of PH government in fulfilling their election manifesto is unacceptable.
Market analyst Rusli Ahmad said, although Wan Saiful was frank and admitted the mistakes of PH, his actions were inappropriate.
Malaysians have been holding on to the promises of the government since the country achieved its Independence – from minor issues to enormous matters.
With his position as the Deputy Director of Strategic and Policy Bureau of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Wan Saiful seemed unwise in providing an excuse of ‘lack of access to information’ as the cause of their failure in drafting the PH election manifesto, when all sources of information are at our fingertips.
“How could he use such excuse when Bank Negara Malaysia issues detailed national financial statements each quarter of the year.
“The balance sheets, cashflow, debts… everything is complete.
“Although the data could be late (not current), it would be enough to turn them into indicators of the national economic status during that time,” he told MalaysiaGazette, while commenting on Wan Saiful’s statement which claimed that the PH could not fulfil its manifesto due to insufficient information, including the national financial status while drafting the Pakatan Harapan 14th General Election manifesto.
Therefore, the Secretary of Perlis PPBM said that the manifesto has its flaws.
Nevertheless, Rusli rebuked that the then oppositions (PH), had several talents in accounting and had exposed many accounting scandals in firms involving the government. Thus, it was not possible that they cannot access the national financial status of the government.
He elaborated further that the analysts in the market also use similar data available in the market to run their projections on the future position of the national economic.
“If the methodology is right, the projections could be precise or almost precise,” he said.
He also claimed that the disclosure made by Wan Saiful portrayed PH’s weaknesses and had cheated the people who placed their trust on them
Furthermore, Wan Saiful’s statement did not depict him well as a political leader.
“He should have answered in a politically correct manner, as PH has four more years in power. Request for an opportunity and the government will work in making those manifesto a reality.
“He shouldn’t blame anyone. He (Wan Saiful) should have blamed his own incapability for failing to plan for the future of the people and the country.
“Logically, Wan Saiful is not a tactical person. When he answered in such way, it seemed as though PH puts no effort in working on their promises,” he said.
Rusli also did not push aside the possibilities of the government being spendthrift due to the requests of DAP, as the Chinese are very prudent in spending.
He also added that almost half of the M40 group are Malays and 80 percent of the B40 group are Malays.
“What are their contributions (Malays) to the national economic compared to the Chinese?” he added.
Nevertheless, Rusli said, the Pakatan Harapan government needed to be careful in playing the blame game by pointing their fingers at the previous Barisan Nasional government.
He said, the tactic could only be useful temporarily.
“If they continue to play with the sentiments, the tactic will backfire on themselves. The people have started talking (about the blame game),” he said while agreeing that the market sentiment is not healthy currently due to both internal and external factors.
The internal factors include the leadership of the government, 2019 Budget and other political issues. -MalaysiaGazette