PUTRAJAYA – 18 months into their ruling, the people have various response on the administration of the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government who took the country by storm in the 14th General Election (GE14) toppling the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Some of them slammed PH while some have high hopes. After all, they are still new and perhaps, are still trying to get used to governing a country.
Although everyone knows that Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is not a newcomer in administering the government, his cabinet is still ‘raw’ in carrying out its duties.
In an observation by MalaysiaGazette, Zulkefley Abdul Khalid, 61, thought that the current government is rhetoric in its approach and overly politicise many things.
He said, the people has given their mandate to the PH during GE14 so that they can change the political scenario in Malaysia to a healthier system, for the benefit and welfare of the people.
“But, when we have given them the mandate, we noticed that what they used to proclaim were not achieved. Most of the things they promised have yet to be achieved.
“I, as one of those who wanted changes during the previous GE am disappointed by the current situation.
“As a taxi driver, I felt the burden when they want to abolish this and that. The e-hailing is getting saturated. Of course it is going to give extra pressure to taxi drivers like me,” he told MalaysiaGazette when met yesterday.
Armed force veteran, Baharom Sharif, 61, thinks that the PH administration has nothing to be proud of as they have directly burdened the people.
Although he refused to rate PH, Baharom also said that he was not satisfied with the new government. According to him, PH did not perform at all.
“There is nothing to be proud of about PH. They took away all subsidies. What do we get?
“It’s even worse now. We can’t even top-up at tolls. They charge us at the fuel stations. What is convenient for the people? I don’t see them making our lives easy,” he said.
Meanwhile, a private sector employee, Shamsuddin Abu Zarin, 48, urged Malaysians to give a chance to PH to shape the administration of the country without interference.
He said, the people should give opportunity to them as it is not easy to steer a country burdened by various problems and issues.
“The government is still now. They are in the process of correcting the mistakes made in the past.
“I think, we should give them a chance to prove their capabilities. Do what is best for the people,” he said.
When asked to give his opinion on the minister who performed the best in their portfolio, Shamsuddin chose the Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke and the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo. -MalaysiaGazette