KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has a heavy burden to carry especially since he has less than 100 days to walk all his manifesto talks as the public is closely watching him, Awang Selamat said today.
The collective editorial column in Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia, also claimed that Dr Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan’s administration is getting less popular, especially on social media.
“For the past two weeks there have been a lot of negative comments on social media. It does not seem like Pakatan Harapan is popular among the people, when it is supposed to be right after the GE14 victory,” Awang said.
It pointed out several matters that could have possibly angered the public, which included allegedly flouting of the rule of law, revenge-motivated acts, politicising the graft probe on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and a number of facts that it said were misleading the public.
“When we talk about issues like Proton, fuel prices, GST, toll and PTPTN, for instance, they seem to be singing a different tune now.
“This is what’s causing the firestorm, which hopefully, will not aggravate the situation.
“This is not taking into account the decision to fire thousands of workers which truly upsetted a large number of people,” it wrote.
Awang said it agreed with 1MDB task force chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman and DAP veteran Dr Tan Seng Giaw who called for the probe involving Najib to be conducted according to the procedure so it can remain prejudice-free.
“We believe that that is the best, so the people would not have to witness any individuals becoming a bully victim to the present-day government when all the while they were championing justice for everyone.
“This is a crucial time to win the people’s hearts, not otherwise,” it said.