KLANG: The lesson learnt in Pakatan Harapan's 22 months in power is that the coalition should be serious about its election pledges, says Lim Kit Siang (pic).
The DAP veteran said Pakatan's GE14 pledges were contained in its "Buku Harapan".
"Early in the Pakatan government, it was prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said that the manifesto was not a 'bible'.
"As a result, even if 80 or 90% of the election pledges had been implemented in the five-year mandate, the damage had been done.
"It was worse when the five-year mandate of the Pakatan government was cut short after 22 months, '' he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 21).
According to Lim, he had met Dr Mahathir twice during his tenure as prime minister and discussed how important it was to reinstate public confidence as well as explain Pakatan's manifesto and policies.
He added a manifesto review committee was set-up under former deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong's chairmanship after the second meeting with Dr Mahathir, to dispel perception that Pakatan had not delivered its election promises.
"But the Pakatan government was toppled before the manifesto review committee could finalise its report," he said, adding that some chose not to listen why some pledges, such as the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) recognition issue, were not fulfilled,
Lim also claimed there were come who wanted "DAP to return to the past and be an Opposition" party again.
"I have been in the Opposition for 52 years and I have no fears about being in the Opposition again. But we must aim to return to form a government, for it is when in power that things can get done, '' said Lim.
He said work must be carried out together with like-minded political leaders from other parties given that the DAP cannot form the Federal Government on its own.
Lim also admitted that Dr Mahathir had intended to sack the then-energy, science, technology, environment and climate change minister Yeo Bee Yin in 2019, which did not materialise.
Lim's statement was in response to his biography written by Liew.
He said what had transpired was indicative of the difficulties faced by the Pakatan government under Dr Mahathir's stewardship.