Following is an article adapted from NST Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
SEMENYIH: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is always striving to fulfil all their promises despite the constraints they have been facing since they took over the administration of the country, said Deputy Prime Minister cum PH president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said the promises were made during the 14th general election (GE14) campaign when the PH was still the opposition and was unaware of the seriousness of the problems awaiting them after forming the new government.
TTF: Actually, there is no need to lie further, as Mahathir himself went on record to concede that the manifesto Pakatan prepared was on the assumption that the coalition would not win the general election.
The old man admitted on more than one occasion that the promises Pakatan made were purely to fish for votes in hopes that the coalition could somehow change the minds of voters.
According to him, it was ‘normal’ for contending factions to say things they did not mean as it was “part and parcel of politics.”
He then went on to say that the manifesto was a guidebook, not bible, meaning, whatever Pakatan told you prior to the 14th general election can easily be brushed off as “something not achievable” on the pretext of “things being very bad.”
Put together, Pakatan took Malaysians for a ride knowing that much of its manifesto pledges were “make believe promises” none of its leaders had any intention of fulfilling.
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“Now, we are being criticised. We are doing our level best to fulfil all those promises, but it’s hard … we inherited so much (problems) from the previous government which had ruled for 60 years,” she said after launching the gotong-royong at Surau Istiqamah in Seksyen 6, Bandar Rinching, here today, as part of PH campaign for the Semenyih by-election.
She said what was offered by PH during the GE14 was comprehensive in nature and meant to improve the country’s social development and economic growth.
TTF: I’ve said it, Jijah – stop the lies.
There is no need to lie.
If you do, you’re inadvertently accusing your boss of lying.
Are you saying Mahathir lied?
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Furthermore, Dr Wan Azizah said that for each promise to be fulfilled, the government’s capability to make it happen must be taken into consideration.
TTF: The Najib administration pulled off spectacular economic feats with far smaller budgets.
The total allocation for 2019 by the Mahathir administration was RM314.5 billion, up 12.2 per cent from the amount Najib proposed for 2018.
On the 3rd of November 2018, The Mole posted:
“Contrary to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s distaste for cash handouts like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid Programme (BR1M), the government will continue giving direct cash aid to the needy through the rebranded BR1M now called the Cost of Living Allowance.
“Households with a monthly income of RM2,000 and below will receive RM1,000, those with an income from RM2,001 to RM3,000 will get RM750 while those with an income from RM3,001 to RM4,000 will receive RM500.
“Under BR1M, those with an income of RM3,000 and below were given RM1,200 while those earning between RM3,000 and RM4,000 were given RM900.”
Despite the enormous budget allocation by the Mahathir administration, the man on the street is still feeling the pinch due to the high cost of living and massive reductions in government assistance.
So it looks like Wan Azizah is right.
The people must take into consideration the government’s ability and capacity to fulfil its promises.
And going by what Mahathir told us, Pakatan lacks the capacity to fulfil many of its promises simply because the promises were designed only to win the general election, not to assist the people.
Back when the promises were made, Pakatan already knew that some of them could never be fulfilled but went ahead and made them anyway, thinking that the euphoria over Barisan’s defeat would make people forget.
But the people didn’t forget.
So, to make it seem as if Pakatan wanted to fulfil its pledges but was prevented from doing so, Lim Guan Eng went to town telling all and sundry that the Najib administration left Pakatan with this massive RM1 trillion national debt that is preventing the government from functioning well.
Guan Eng repeated the claim yesterday.
But was it not he who told Parliament when tabling budget 2019 that, as of the second quarter of 2018, the national debt was RM725.2 billion?
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Also present at the gotong-royong event were Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir and PH candidate for Semenyih by-election Muhammad Aiman Zainali.
Muhammad Aiman is running against Zakaria Hanafi (Barisan Nasional); Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (Parti Sosialis Malaysia) and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng.
The seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, Bahtiar Mohd Nor of PH on Jan 11.
After the gotong-royong, Dr Wan Azizah also attended the meet-and-greet event with the residents in Taman Pelangi here and officiated the La Pelangi Club House.
In her brief speech, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said a proactive neighbourhood could help prevent youths from getting involved in social problems.
“I would like to congratulate the Taman Pelangi residents’ association for being active and successful in ensuring safe neighbourhood,” she said.
TTF: Don’t forget to remind them to vote for Aiman.
A vote for Aiman is a vote for miracles, because Aiman is this gifted fellow who can do in one day what even Goliath couldn’t do in a hundred years.
Dr Wan Azizah is scheduled to attend several other community programmes and meet with senior citizens, single mothers and persons with disabilities at the Kampung Baru Semenyih later today.
The polling for Semenyih by-election is on March 2.