LANGKAWI: A Government with limited powers so there can be no abuse. That was the promise that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made in his final speech on the eve of GE14 as he appealed to vote in Pakatan Harapan, the coalition he now leads.
The Pakatan chairman said the battered image of the country can be redeemed if there is a change in Government.
“This can be done if we change the Government and replace it with a party with limits to its powers and cannot possibly abuse its powers like now. For this, we need to defeat the present Barisan Nasional Government.”
The Pakatan chairman admitted that while it would not be easy to topple Barisan Nasional, everything would depend on the full support of the people for the Opposition coalition.
“Only if the rakyat realise the damage done by Najib as Prime Minister, the destruction of government institutions including the Attorney-General’s Chambers, police and others which have lost the confidence of the rakyat for their failure to uphold the law.
“The heavy burden of debt will be on our shoulders and that of our children for many years. If the rakyat realise this and they care for the country’s well-being and reject all these wrongdoings, the country could be saved from any future catastrophe.
“The rakyat’s awareness must be translated into votes,” Dr Mahathir said his speech in Kuah, Langkawi. His speech was streamed live in his Facebook.
The former prime minister said while many people told him to rest as he was already old, many groups came to see him, asking him to stop what he described as the destruction taking place in the country.
“These groups came to see me to save the country and I don’t have the heart to disappoint them.
“This is the last chance for me to contribute in our struggle for this beloved nation. That is why I returned to active politics.
“I am not seeking position, wealth or rank. I have enough,” he said.
Dr Mahathir insisted votes for Pakatan Harapan will save Malaysia from “cash is king” leadership.“Go out and vote and vote for Pakatan Harapan to save our country,” he said.