Anthony Loke: Dr Mahathir hurt PH’s manifesto credibility with remark

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Lim Guan Eng has said PH was aiming to honour all the election pledges in its 3 states – Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan – by 2023.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remark that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election manifesto is “not a bible” has damaged the coalition’s credibility, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke said.

The former prime minister made the remark when rebuffing criticism that PH had failed to make good on its election promises.

Loke told The Malaysian Insight that the criticism has certainly affected the coalition but vowed that PH will still keep those promises.

“Dr Mahathir is no longer in PH,’’ he said.

“Of course, certain things have been said and damage has been done in terms of the credibility and sanctity of the manifesto.


“It is not easy to repair that damage, but it is upon us to show that we will keep our promises.”

In 2018, after being appointed prime minister, Dr Mahathir said the PH election manifesto was not a bible that had to be followed religiously, adding it was only a guideline.

Loke agreed that PH was not able to fulfil all the pledges as its stint in Putrajaya was cut short to 22 months after several MPs of the coalition pulled their support from the then government following the infamous “Sheraton Move”.

The Seremban MP, however, said PH still has three state governments – Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan – and will honour the pledges in those states.

“There are three state governments under PH and these states should be our showcase that whatever we have promised in the last general election will be achieved and can be achieved,” the former transport minister said.

Lim Guan Eng, the finance minister during the PH administration, has said 60% of the promises made before the 14th general election have been fulfilled.

He said among those pledges were the abolition of the goods and services tax, bringing down the petrol price from RM2.20 to RM2.08 per litre, introducing a RM100 monthly light rail transit pass and bringing about a clean government by asking MPs to declare their assets.

Lim has said PH was aiming to honour all the election pledges by 2023. – TMI