SUBANG JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has dismissed claims by an academic who described Malaysia's reform agenda under Pakatan Harapan as an "unmitigated disaster".
She said that the Government was working hard to address all the challenges left behind by the previous Barisan Nasional administration, adding that it was easier to criticise than address actual problems.
She also questioned the basis of the analyst's arguments.
"If we just simply continue, the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue and other issues will not be exposed. What will be the situation be then?" she said.
Dr Wan Azizah added that that cooperation was needed from all parties to ensure that all the reforms can be implemented.
"I hope all Malaysians will stand together to address all the challenges," added Dr Wan Azizah when speaking to media on Saturday (Oct 26).
It was reported that public policy analyst Dr Lim Teck Ghee had described Malaysia under Pakatan as an "unmitigated disaster" at the "Whither Maruah Malaysia 2.0" forum, where he said the list of disappointments under the Government's rule was still growing.
"For now, it is clear that it has been a disaster for reform post-GE14, whichever aspect or way you look at," he said.
"Education, governance, race relations, religious relations, the debacles of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd), Dr Zakir Naik, the Melayu Dignity Congress and more. The list of political disappointments and failures keeps growing," added Dr Lim.
Dr Wan Azizah said that the rakyat had given Pakatan the mandate to lead the country.
On a separate matter, she said there was no problem for the Pakatan presidential council to meet and discuss the issue of the transition plan between PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Yes, we can meet but as mentioned by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin it has already been signed," said Dr Wan Azizah.
On Saturday, The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president said the transition was something unavoidable.
"It is not a question of who but the timing of when it will take place," said Muhyiddin.
The Home Minister said he was among the four leaders who signed the agreement (on the power transition).
The others were Dr Wan Azizah, who was the PKR president at the time, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
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