PETALING JAYA: An adviser to Dr Mahathir Mohamad today gave a damning appraisal of the Pakatan Harapan government’s performance since taking over federal power, saying “unfriendly” ministers and their aides have not lived up to their supporters’ expectations.
Kadir Jasin, the prime minister’s media and communications adviser, said the ruling coalition was now in “clear and present” danger following the beating it took in the recent Cameron Highlands by-election.
“So be forewarned. If the people could vote the PH in, they could also vote the PH out,” Kadir said on his blog today.
He said PH ministers had become “unfriendly”, and their aides were also “inefficient”, “bureaucratic” and “distant”.
“The complaints are familiar. Ministers, deputy ministers and their political aides are not as friendly and as hardworking as when they were in the opposition,” he said.
He said prices of goods and services, unemployment and affordable homes remained major issues for Malaysians close to one year after voting Barisan Nasional out of power.
Kadir said it was time ministers took lessons from PH’s defeat in Cameron Highlands or be prepared to face calls for their removal
“After promises upon promises being broken, the people don’t anymore buy the ‘akan kaji’ (will study) excuses and blaming of the previous government,” he said.
He said some ministers had also lost touch with ordinary Malaysians.
“During the Cameron Highlands campaign I saw ministers and their deputies crowding around the VIP tables instead of mixing with the people,” said Kadir.