PH needs more time for 100-day promises, says Muhyiddin

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says a committee has been formed to look into laws that are not in line with human rights. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has asked the people to be patient and to give Pakatan Harapan (PH) more time to deliver on the promises it made in its election manifesto.

Muhyiddin said PH took over an ailing administration which made it tough to deliver the promises in 100 days.

“There is a huge burden on the government. We need to restore the world’s confidence. This needs a big commitment.

“I hope Malaysians will be a bit patient. Maybe there were a lot of things we promised in the manifesto and people expect them to be implemented immediately. We can do it if it’s easy.

“But we took over an ailing administration. We need to be patient,” he said at Masjid Saidina Hamzah in Taman Batu Muda, here.

Muhyiddin said the challenge for the government was to regain the world’s respect for Malaysia.

“We are aware that it is a huge challenge. Our country needs to grow and become a role model. Malaysia used to be a role model and was emulated by Muslims in other countries.

“Only a few years later, issues and problems cropped up due to abuse of power which tarnished Malaysia’s image, not only among Muslim countries but the whole world,” he said.

Muhyiddin also announced that his ministry had formed a committee to look into legislation which might be against human rights.

“The committee has been decided. In last week’s post-Cabinet meeting, I asked the ministry’s secretary-general and other senior officers to look at the legal aspects.

“Because this is among PH’s promises, we will have an in-depth look at laws that may be against human rights,” he said.

He said the committee, among others, will look at the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Sedition Act 1948, the death penalty, Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), Security Offences (Special Measures) Act of 2012 (Sosma) and Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA).

However, Muhyiddin said the date for the committee’s first meeting had not been fixed as the ministry’s secretary-general had just been appointed.

Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently conceded that it would take more than 100 days to fulfil the 10 promises that PH had made in its general election manifesto.

Mahathir said the promises were based on scanty knowledge of the state of the country, as the coalition did not know the extent of the damage that had happened.

“We have to admit that we will take more than 100 days. But I am confident that you will understand how difficult it is to govern a country that is already damaged,” he had said.

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