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Mat Sabu: Easier to vote out PH if people are not happy

 | September 13, 2017

Amanah president says no guarantee a Pakatan Harapan government will be corruption free, but history shows once a founding party is changed, subsequent governments fall more easily.

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KUALA LUMPUR: There are no guarantees a Pakatan Harapan federal government will be corruption free, but Amanah president Mohamad Sabu says the people can vote them out if they commit any wrongdoings.

“I’m not saying that when we take over there will be zero corruption. No, I can’t be sure, it may even be worse,” said the Pakatan Harapan deputy president, who is better known as Mat Sabu.

Mat Sabu said the main goal now was to topple the Barisan Nasional government, and that he would work with anyone to accomplish this goal, including cooperating with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, during whose tenure he was detained twice under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

“Once the current government is changed, if the new government commits any wrongdoings, it will be easy to replace them, and this process will continue,” he said, adding the biggest challenge was changing a country’s founding government.

He said this was the case in any country, including India, Pakistan and Indonesia, where it was difficult to topple the country’s founding government but not subsequent administrations.

“That’s why we have to work together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big party or small party, we must be united,” he said at a forum titled “Pakatan Menuju Putrajaya” at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here last night.

Mat Sabu said that if Pakatan Harapan managed to form the federal government, existing agencies needed to be “fixed”.

He said the country had laws, but it was used against political opponents rather than for the benefit of the people.

“That’s why all of us, big or small, must work hard. This election is the best chance to change the government.

“When the new government performs better, we support them, if they are worse, we change them.”


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