The Pakatan Harapan government’s performance is below expectations, conceded Lim Kit Siang, but is far from being an “unmitigated disaster”.
“We must never cease to hope, or succumb to hopelessness and despair,” said the DAP supremo in a statement issued today in response to an academic’s criticism of the ruling pact.
“While the 17-month PH government has fallen below expectations, it is definitely not an ‘unmitigated disaster’.”
Former World Bank economist Lim Teck Ghee had described Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) short time in office as such, and listed numerous disappointments, including in matters related to education, governance, race relations and religion.
He also pointed out the controversy surrounding Mumbai-born preacher Zakir Naik, the Malay Dignity Congress and Putrajaya’s U-turn on ratifying the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The academic’s remarks earned him a rebuke from PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who questioned Teck Ghee’s whereabouts at the height of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal, which took place during the administration of former prime minister Najib Razak.
Kit Siang said PH inherited serious financial problems from the previous Barisan Nasional government, many of whose leaders are caught in the 1MDB fraud.
The ruling coalition has also had to contend with the spread of racist sentiments online, he said.
“PH must be firm in our resolve and commitment to implement the reforms promised in Buku Harapan,” he added, referring to the pact’s 14th general election manifesto. – TMI