Liow: A symbolic Merdeka, Pakatan must honour its promises

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  • Thursday, 30 Aug 2018

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.-filepic

PETALING JAYA: This year’s Merdeka Day holds a symbolic meaning.  For  the first time, it ushers in a change in political power since our nation attained Independence, thereby signalling the arrival of a new era."

So said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in his Merdeka message.

Liow stressed the new government must honour promises made in their election  manifesto. 

“As the rakyat have chosen a new government, mainly due to the pledges promised in the “Pakatan Manifesto” which are similar to the idealism of people, therefore, the new government must take every promise and commitment in the manifesto seriously and implement then.

“It is incumbent on the Pakatan Harapan government not to disappoint Malaysian citizens,”  he said.

He warned that any deterioration in diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China will lead to a domino effect.

“This will impact  China’s many investments and economic development in our country, under which tens of thousands of people may be affected.

“Therefore, the new government must govern the country professionally instead of emotionally, and not direct blame against the former administration or other countries,” said  Liow.

Broken promises and shifting positions, added Liow, also discourage foreign investors from entering the market.

“Such fickleness in policies has caused the economy to be in continuous decline and diplomatic relations have deteriorated.

“These unstable factors may cause the country’s economy to take a downturn which will then cause the people to suffer,” he  said.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,  on the last day of his recent official visit to China,  said  the China-backed multi-billion ringgit East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project  will be cancelled.

But just a day later, back on Malaysian soil, Dr Mahathir clarified that studies are being conducted on the project to decide whether to defer it.

Another China-backed project, the RM4bil Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) to build a 662 km gas pipeline from Kimanis to Sandakan and Tawau has been suspended since July.

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