Did Pakatan Harapan overpromise?
Emmanuel Samarathisa | 10 Aug 2018 00:30
Promises are not meant to be broken, at least that’s what we tell our politicians. But for the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, the reality of delivering 10 promises within 100 days of taking power has begun to sink in – it’s not easy keeping promises.

As the Aug 17 deadline looms, it has fallen short on many of its promises. Critics say PH should not have made such ambitious promises to be delivered in just 100 days after winning the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9. Was it a case of overpromising just to topple the Barisan Nasional government that had been in power for 61 years?

To be fair, PH did not know how bad the country’s debts were or the magnitude of mismanagement and corruption. As Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad put it: “The more we look into the previous administration, the more bad things we find.”

There is a certain degree of uncertainty as PH tries to juggle administering a nation while fulfilling its 10 promises.

To recap, two months before GE14, PH unveiled its 60-point election manifesto that set out its policies. Compiled in a booklet entitled Buku Harapan, these promises were divided into two broad categories. The first covered 10 promises within PH’s first 100 days in government while the second group spelled out the remaining pledges with a fulfilment deadline of five years.

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