SHAH ALAM: In the one year that the Pakatan Harapan government has helmed the nation, it has fulfilled many of the promises made, says DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai in his opening address at the party's 2019 National Congress here on Sunday (May 5).
He said the ruling coalition's leaders were committed to turning into reality the people's hope as stated in Pakatan's manifesto.
"However, there is this perception being played by certain quarters that Pakatan Harapan has not fulfilled promises," he added.
According to Tan, this was being manipulated without taking into consideration the big debt that the Pakatan inherited due to the mismanagement of the previous government.
He said election campaign promises were admittedly easy to make but sometimes difficult to implemented, especially if one took into consideration the current financial situation of the nation.
"I would like to stress that under the Pakatan Harapan administration, promises will not remain mere promises.
"They will be fulfilled in spite of whatever the obstacles faced. It must be remembered that the struggle is also the fulfilment of what had been promised," he said.
Tan said the opposition, especially Umno and PAS, also continued to create trouble by fanning racial and religious sentiments.
He said Barisan leaders did not dare to speak about the eradication of graft currently being carried out as it would be akin to them spitting in their own faces.
He added DAP was an easy target for the opposition to attack.
"Attack after attack by Umno and PAS has not threatened DAP's stand as a multi-racial party.
"DAP will continue upholding the supremacy of the Federal Constitution as the nation's highest legislation, as well as its spirit of plurality," said Tan.
He said the Pakatan government was committed to a Malaysia that was based on social justice and economy to raise its status in the international arena.
Also present at the congress were PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.