Should be no excuses for PH not to fulfill '10 promises in 100 days': Analysts

23 Jul 2018 / 14:40 H.

PETALING JAYA: There should be no excuses for Pakatan Harapan (PH) not to fulfil their "10 promises in 100 days", claim analysts, who believe the ruling coalition should be held responsible if it does not achieve its stated goals.
PH has so far implemented only two of their election promises as their self imposed 100-day deadline looms, and it now seems more unlikely than ever that all remaining promises will be accomplished by then.
"They should not make excuses, because before they come up with those promises, they should have known that people have put high hopes on them, and one of the reasons people voted them in is because of that.
"Some people may feel cheated. But a promise is still a promise," political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir told theSun today.
Jeniri said voters were likely most influenced by the promise of the postponing of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) payments and a reduction in the cost of living.
He also called out the government for the excuses they have made in recent weeks, including blaming the RM1 trillion national debt and certain laws that are supposedly hampering their progress.
"They should have studied everything before drafting the manifesto. I'm just wondering, in the first place, why did they came up with such promises if they know they cannot deliver? I don't think promises are cooked up just like that," he said.
Economist Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said it was highly unlikely that PH would fulfill all their promises, claiming that the coalition had promised "too much too soon" in its bid to win votes.
"The manifesto was strongly, politically-motivated, like all other manifestos. But they promised too much too soon. My only hope is they will stick to the manifesto and accomplish them all, albeit slightly longer," he said.
"They have to make promises which may not be very practical in terms of the timing (to gain votes), but they must still be fulfilled even if it is not within 100 days."
The former Treasury deputy secretary-general, however, urged the public to give the first term government more time and space to carry out its duties.
"We recognise, respect and admire the hard work they have put in so far, so we understand if they need more time to full their promises in full," he said.
This report appeared in our print version today, June 23, 2018

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