Dr M admits longer time needed to deliver election promises

Manirajan Ramasamy

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said longer time is needed to deliver on the promises made in the Pakatan Harapan's manifesto.

"It will take more time for us to complete and fulfil our promises," he said when asked if the PH government could deliver its election promises within this term (five years), following criticism that it will not be able to do so within 100 days, as earlier promised.

He was speaking to reporters after launching the new Cardiac Vascular Sentral Specialist Hospital here today.

Dr Mahathir said the setback among others was due to the manifesto being written on the basis that coalition knew what the previous government was doing.

"But when we took over, we found that the situation was much worse. More money was being borrowed and the machinery of the government was subverted," he added.

Dr Mahathir said: "We find ourselves working in an environment that is not really dedicated to what we want."

This, he added included removing people from their positions and other issues that hindered progress.

Also, he said to ensure delivery of the manifesto, fundational issues such as laws needed to be passed before efforts can be made to work on the promises.

"You have to draft the law and things like that. So while we have a promise that we can do things in 100 days, the most we can do is start them," he stressed.

Dr Mahathir was reported to have admitted that PH had made some of its manifesto promises without expecting that it would win the 14th General Election (GE14).

Malaysiakini, quoting sources, stated that he said this at a closed-door gathering of PH and Parti Warisan Sabah members of parliament in Petaling Jaya on Monday night.

The report also said the prime minister had warned of a possible backlash if the coalition failed to make good on its election pledges. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd