KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran Pas leader Datuk Mustafa Ali has defended Pakatan Harapan against criticisms that it failed to fulfil its 10 promises within 100 days of being elected into office. In an interview with Malaysiakini, the Pas advisory board chairman said Malaysians should not accuse the government of "cheating" over the matter, which he described as "nothing extraordinary". "Not all promises can be kept all the time. There could be promises made based on a previous perspective. When one comes to power, the situation may differ. "I see some ministers are serious in their carrying out their duties. Certain things take time, there are considerations about costs and amending laws. "We cannot punish (the government) like that, it's not about cheating. (In fact) they have admitted that they cannot deliver certain pledges in 100 days... this is nothing extraordinary," the former Pas secretary-general said in an interview with Malaysiakini in Kuala Terengganu on Tuesday. Malaysiakini quoted Mustafa as saying that the government was trying its level best to keep its promises by abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) among others. Among others, Pakatan Harapan promised to introduce a national healthcare assistance initiative, abolish Felda settlers’ debts, postpone repayment to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation for those earning below RM4,000, and standardise and increase the minimum wage. Mustafa told Malaysiakini that the people can only accuse the government of cheating if it deliberately failed to implement measures despite being able to. "If there is something they can do but they don't do, only then can we say cheating. "For instance, in the oil royalty issue, they have promised to implement it. God willing, I hope it can be implemented for Kelantan and Terengganu soon," he was quoted as saying. On a related matter, Mustafa welcomed the smooth transition of power following the 14th General Election, calling it a positive development. "As decided by Harapan, Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) finally became the prime minister. As an experienced politician, he has his own strategy in administration. "Even the cabinet appointments... he did not do it all at one go, but in stages. That is the strategy of the prime minister based on certain needs," he told Malaysiakini.
Veteran Pas leader Datuk Mustafa Ali. - NSTP FILE PIC
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