Dr M presents Pakatan's 'report card' for first year in power, says 39% of pledges fulfilled


PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad presented Pakatan Harapan's "report card" for its first year in power, highlighting what the government had achieved so far.

The Prime Minister said 39% of pledges made during the 14th General Election had already been fulfilled.

"This performance is measured based on the ongoing status of 464 initiatives, which are policies and specific actions that are stated in each election pledge," said Dr Mahathir in his special address in conjunction with the Pakatan government's first anniversary on Thursday (May 9).

Dr Mahathir said that the pledge to reform draconian and oppressive laws was being carried out.

"We have put a moratorium on the death penalty while we study the views of the people as not everyone agrees that it should be repealed.

"As for the Anti-Fake News Act, we have stopped enforcing it while waiting for the law to be repealed.

"The media has been given the freedom and they do not have to wait for directives from leaders in Putrajaya like before," said Dr Mahathir.

He said the economy continues to grow, with signs of increasing investor confidence.

"We have also fulfilled our promise to recognise the equal partner status of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia," he said.

Dr Mahathir also said the Pakatan government had ensured the rule of law is enforced, with clear separation of powers between the executive, legislature and the judiciary.

Specific initiatives have been put in place towards Felda's recovery, with the government pumping in RM6.23bil to help Felda and its settlers.

He also highlighted its efforts in empowering women, pointing out that for the first time in history, Malaysia appointed a female deputy prime minister.

"Besides several important posts in the Cabinet, Malaysia also appointed a female Chief Justice for the first time. Bank Negara Malaysia is again helmed by a woman, while other government-linked companies and government departments are also headed by women," he said.

The youth, he said, had also been given prominence, citing the example of the appointment of the youngest-ever Cabinet minister (Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman).

As for housing, Dr Mahathir said the government had set up a National Affordable Housing Council to facilitate the construction of one million affordable houses within two terms.

"We are confident that for 2019, about 100,000 affordable houses can be completed. All these achievements reflect our commitment to develop the country and to fulfil the people's aspirations," he said.

For more on Pakatan’s first anniversary as the Federal Government, visit our special Recalibrating Malaysia microsite.


   

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