The Prime Minister has failed to manage national debt, move towards national reconciliation, curb soaring prices of goods, and reduce crime, says PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 100 days at the government’s helm since the May 5 polls has left PAS unimpressed, given the soaring price of goods, recent shooting spree, escalating debt and lack of any national reconciliation.
“He has failed to live up to any of his promises he made before the general election. In terms of national reconciliation, I have seen no clear commitment towards that.
“All I see is commitment towards the Umno elections,” said PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar at a press conference at the party headquarters here today.
On the night of BN’s victory at the polls, Najib had vowed to embark on a national reconciliation process to heal racial and political lines.
But his pledge was soon marred when Utusan Malaysia set out to “punish” the Chinese for apparently abandoning MCA and BN in the 13th general election, which saw the ruling coalition suffer its worse loss yet.
The call for national reconciliation also flies in the face of a spate of arrests against opposition leaders such as PKR vice-president Tian Chua, pro-opposition activists, and civilians who allegedly “insulted Islam”.
The hardline approach taken by Najib and his colleagues, particularly Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, towards the Chinese and the opposition is seen as a strategy to curry favour from Umno members in preparation for the party polls this October.
Mahfuz said that Najib, since the elections, had abandoned his responsibilities to the rakyat, particularly in resolving bread-and-butter issues.
“After the election, the rakyat have been burdened with higher cost of living. I am sure that the price of chicken will not go down any further.
“This reflects the government’s failure in managing the issue of people’s livelihood,” said the Pokok Sena MP.
‘Najib taking Mahathir’s route’
The national debt had ballooned from last year’s RM501.6 billion to RM508.9 billion in the year’s first quarter, said Mahfuz.
“Former prime minister Abdullah Badawi told writers of the book “The Awakening” that if he were to follow (his predecessor) Mahathir Mohamad’s footsteps, the country would soon go bankrupt.
“But I am worried that Najib is mimicking Mahathir’s style of wasting millions on white elephants,” said Mahfuz.
“I find it worrying if the debt continues to rise further. The country’s situation will only become worse.”
He stressed that the Najib administration had also failed to curb crime in the country, pointing to the recent spate of shootings which the government said was a result of the Emergency Ordinance’s (EO) repeal.
“Clearly, the EO failed to rehabilitate the criminals detained under the EO. Not only that, when the 2,600 criminals were released, they apparently formed new gangs.
“This means that criminals outnumber the police, and this is very dangerous. We must set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) immediately,” said Mahfuz.
Ahmad Zahid had said that former EO detainees have gone on to form gangs with at least 10 members each, resulting in approximately 266,000 criminals roaming the streets
“All this shows that the past 100 days have been disappointing indeed. Najib and his administration have been more focused on positioning their camps for the Umno elections, rather than serving the rakyat,” observed Mahfuz.