PETALING JAYA: As the 100 day mark draws nearer for the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, voters have been urged to remain patient, not point fingers and make issues of certain electoral promises that have not been delivered on time.
President of the Institute for Public Leadership, Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Abd Latif said there were bound to be certain promises which could not be met, mainly due to unseen factors and those beyond the government's control.
“We should be happy that certain major promises, especially abolishing the GST has been delivered. We cannot be quick to jump the gun as the government never anticipated certain factors, especially the huge debt left behind by the previous administration.
“This is a major issue which needs to be addressed immediately. Otherwise, the government may end up going bankrupt,” he said in a statement.
However, he urged the government to be transparent and inform the voters why certain promises could not be delivered on time and the factors involved in their decision making.
“Voters regard the PH government as one that has integrity, trustworthy and transparent. In view of this, they would be willing to listen to the reasons given and not regard them as mere excuses,” he said.
He said what was most unacceptable was when the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 13th GE made certain promises to wipe out corruption and give the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) more powers.
“Instead of keeping their word, the BN did just the opposite. And to add salt to our wounds, action was even taken against MACC officers who aggressively investigated cases of corruption.
“Certain documents were concealed and classified as Official Secrets. This blatant disregard of their electoral promises is mainly why voters were so angry and felt betrayed that they voted out the BN,” he said.
Also, what broke the camel's back, he said, was when the BN went after highly respected personalities such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who had stood up against this maladministration.
“From what was conveyed to us, voters went against the BN not because they failed to deliver on certain electoral promises, but primarily because they broke their promise of establishing a clean, transparent government,” he added.