SHAH ALAM: Limiting the tenures of the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and Mentris Besar to just two terms is among the major reforms to be implemented by Pakatan Harapan if it comes to power.
Pakatan also promises to restructure the Prime Minister’s Department and the Cabinet, such as not allowing the Prime Minister to helm other portfolios, especially the Finance Ministry.
The much-awaited manifesto also pledged to reduce the number of Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department from the current 10 to three.
These reforms are part of the five main thrusts launched by Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Pakatan president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday night in a packed hall amidst cheers and claps from party members.
Calling it the manifesto of a “government in waiting”, Pakatan chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it was drafted collectively by all four component parties after “much thought and discussion”.
Saifuddin said they also obtained feedback from other sources such as academics, civil society groups, economists, professionals and former civil servants.
“Our manifesto is practical and can be implemented to improve and build Malaysia.
“We are not promising the moon and the stars,” said Saifuddin in his speech.
He brushed aside claims that it would be difficult to implement the ideas revolving around the manifesto.
“It has been successfully implemented in Selangor and Penang. So we are confident it can also be implemented nationwide,” he added.
Saifuddin also said Pakatan decided to launch the manifesto yesterday because it was the same day in 2008 during the 12th general election that the Opposition parties won big.
The manifesto’s five main thrusts are:– To ease the burden of the people
– To reform the nation’s administrative and political institutions
– To shape the nation’s economy in a fair and just manner
– To reinstate the status of Sabah and Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963
– To build an inclusive, moderate and bright Malaysia in the international arena.
Under the five main thrusts, the manifesto also has five commitments.
They are to modernise Felda and return it to its former glory; to ensure equitable rights, fairness and harmony for the Indian community; to take care of the welfare, health and rights of women; to develop the talents of youths and create opportunities for them; as well as to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of senior citizens.
The manifesto also pledges 10 reforms in the five years after the general election if Pakatan forms the Government.