Fulfil promises or government will collapse: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Any government will collapse if they fail to fulfil their promises to the rakyat, said Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said this also applies to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) led government that took over from Barisan Nasional (BN) following the coalition’s victory at the 14th General Election.

“People have decided that, now is the time for the opposition to take over and the opposition have made promises, a lot of promises. So now the nation is watching this opposition government implementing those promises.

“Unfortunately they (PH) find themselves quite unable to implement many of their promises. So it begins the next round of running down the government,” he said in his keynote address when opening FORSEA Kuala Lumpur Democracy Festival 2019 yesterday.

Also present were Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu dan Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

The event was organised by Forces of Renewal South East Asia (FORSEA), a non-profit organisation and a cross-national community working peacefully for social change across the region.

The five-day event from February 13 brings together an ensemble of entertainers, poets and musicians from Malaysia and South East Asia including a special cultural performance and traditional Malaysian dance.

Dr Mahathir pointed out that the quest to stay with all the promises would not be easy partly because of the mess left behind by the previous government and making corrective action was extremely difficult.

“But people want to see the change right now. Whether they like it or not, they will have to bear with the present government because it takes time to correct all the wrongdoings of the previous government,” he said.

The Premier drove home the point that the suitable and best system to change a government is via democracy whereas no other system would be able to bring changes peacefully.

“It requires a mindset or culture that is willing to except changes taking place merely with the support of the rakyat. In the past, when there is an authoritarian government, changes would only take place through a revolution, a violent revolution or a civil war which may destroy the country.