impossible manifesto Deputy Chairman of Parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance, Lim Kit Siang gives his Opening Remarks at the Malaysian Economic Symposium “Malaysian Economy: Present & Future” in Parliament. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 JULY 2019
Deputy Chairman of Parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance, Lim Kit Siang gives his Opening Remarks at the Malaysian Economic Symposium “Malaysian Economy: Present & Future” in Parliament. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 JULY 2019

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – After ruling for 444 days, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government needs to admit that some of its manifesto is almost impossible to be fulfilled.

According to the Deputy Chairman of  Parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance, Lim Kit Siang, the PH leaders need to recognise the disappointment and disillusionment of large segments of PH supporters who believed that the PH government in Putrajaya had gone back to the bad old ways of the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government which they toppled during the previous GE14.

“444 days after the historic change of government of May 9, 2018, it is time for a major review of Pakatan Harapan promise of a New Malaysia and 14th General Election Pakatan Harapan Manifesto.

“Let PH be frank with the people and admit where we have promised the impossible for I believe Malaysians will appreciate our frankness with their support and confidence largely intact,” he said during his Opening Remarks at the Malaysian Economic Symposium “Malaysian Economy: Present & Future” in Parliament today.

He also said that the PH government remains as committed as ever in resetting the nation-building process to build a New Malaysia and is making progress in this direction.

According to him, in these 444 days of PH administration, the government had made several good and important appointments to pave the way for far-reaching institutional, political and democratic reforms for a New Malaysia, including Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat as Chief Justice, Tommy Thomas as Attorney-General, Azhar Azizan Harun or better known as Art Harun as Chairman of Election Commission and Latheefa Koya as the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The PH has also amended the Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 years to 18 years although an amendment of the Constitution to fulfil the PH Manifesto pledge to restore powers to Sabah and Sarawak was defeated for lack of two-thirds parliamentary majority.

The long-awaited IPCMC Bill has been presented for first reading and the civil society given three months for public feedback and consultation. -MalaysiaGazette

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