PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan lawmakers say they will continue working hard towards reforms with some even making renewed calls for a smooth transition plan following a report quoting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) as saying that the ruling coalition could be a one-term government if it does not address the infighting within Pakatan.
The qoute was in a foreign news wire report.
However, Dr Mahathir, during a press conference in Langkawi broadcasted live by Bernama TV yesterday, dismissed such claims, adding that the foreign news wire was entitled to its own opinion.
“In this free world they are entitled to their opinion but my opinion is different, ” he said in the press conference.
Earlier, several Pakatan leaders, when asked to comment on the matter, said they welcomed the views of the people.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hanipa Maidin said he values such opinions.
“Indeed we have been working tirelessly to fulfil all of our promises duly contained in the manifesto despite facing many challenges including the major one namely the financial constraints unduly created or manufactured by the old regime.
“Yes, people are free to criticise the Pakatan government. That is their prime democratic right which the new government would safeguard, ” said the Parti Amanah Negara lawmaker when contacted.
However, the public must also be fair to the Pakatan government in terms of implementing its policies, he added.
Hanipa said Pakatan has done relatively better in repairing the magnitude of the “damages caused by the old regime”.
“Certainly, we could do more in the future but people need to bear with us, ” he said.
PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad believed the Prime Minister has played his part for the first half of Pakatan government.
“Now transition to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR president) needs to happen as promised to focus on the manifesto, especially the economy and bringing the rakyat together.
Bagan Serai MP Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said Pakatan must be committed in its reforms and fulfil their election promises.
“Pakatan must make huge policy shifts and continue to take care of the cost of living, housing, transport and ease the burden of the rakyat.
“If these are well taken care off, the rakyat will surely choose them again in the next general election, ” said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia lawmaker.
In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Pakatan chief Datuk Christina Liew believes that if there is less politicking and more attention put to governance, the Pakatan government could continue to be in power beyond the next term.
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