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HOW many of us read manifestos launched before any election in full? I don’t think any survey has been initiated to find this out locally but one political party in the United Kingdom did one a few years ago. It showed that about 27% of the voters do so there.

Here in Malaysia I believe not many read them in full, with social media playing a much bigger role in how people vote. And those who read may be selective and tend to read in full only issues that interest them. But can these non-scientific deductions be reason enough for the winners to ignore the promises they made to influence the minds of the voters in the form of a manifesto? Looking back, most of the parties launched the document with much fanfare, trying to impress the gullible voters. Surely the voters would want you to keep most of the key promises made, if not all.

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