Guan Eng: Implementing Pakatan manifesto promises priority, local council elections can wait

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the government will prioritise implementing promises stated in Pakatan Harapan election manifesto first before starting the pursuit for local council elections.

Lim said that local council election is a DAP agenda, but pointed out that it isn’t a part of Pakatan’s election manifesto.

“This (local council election) has been the position of DAP but I think we have got to abide by what is stated in the Pakatan manifesto.

“Of course, we will continue to push it. But we have to look at two levels. First, you need to deliver on the promises of the manifesto and second, to convince Pakatan to agree to local government elections,” he said.

The Bagan MP was speaking to reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Monday (Dec 10).

At the same time, Lim, who is finance minister, said that DAP will support Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin’s efforts in pushing for local government elections.

“The Minister has actually agreed. Zuraida agreed it will be in three years but she has to convince the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Definitely, we will support her,” he added.

At the same time, Lim, when pressed to elaborate further on the matter, merely reiterated that the priority is implementing promises in Pakatan’s manifesto.

“After that is done, then we go on those which are not mentioned. So, I think let’s go step by step lah,” he said.

Lim was commenting on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks that local council elections will not be pursued as it is not part of Pakatan Harapan’s agenda, adding that it may end up causing race-related conflicts in the country.

Previously, Pakatan had suggested that local government elections may be introduced if it is in power, but this was not expressly promised in its manifesto.