PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today acknowledged that the rakyat is tired of hearing stories and reports on the misdeeds of the past Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
However, Mahathir said the reality was that it was the wrongdoings of the BN government, under Najib Razak, which had posed a major problem, hampering efforts to help in the economic recovery of the country and affecting the well-being of the people.
He noted that the government, after renegotiating contracts previously approved by Najib, had helped the country save RM22.8 billion.
“We have also managed to get back billions of ringgit which were stolen.
“You see, even though Najib’s numerous offences were exposed, he and his friends continue to dispute that any abuse of power, corruption or lies had occurred during their time. It is also the same with their followers.
“Because they are unable to prove their innocence, they have resorted to tarnishing the image of the Pakatan Harapan government by accusing us of not upholding Islam and the Constitution,” he said in his one-year anniversary address at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here today.
Present were his Cabinet members as well as other PH leaders.
Similarly, the PH chairman said they were well aware that the people were not happy and have also accused the PH government of failing to fulfil several promises in the election manifesto, but he said that the damage to the country was far more severe, to the point that they were not able to fulfil the promises as quickly as they wished.
Mahathir then proceeded to highlight the government’s performance between May 10 last year and April 30 this year. He said 39.01% progress had been achieved on 464 initiatives based on PH’s manifesto.
“Out of 128 initiatives, 53 (11.42%) have been fulfilled. A total of 283 initiatives (60.99%) are at various stages of planning or have yet to commence.”
Mahathir said reforms in the law have been or are in the process of being carried out. All oppressive laws have either been abolished or have had their enforcement halted.
The death penalty, he said, has been temporarily stopped while reviewing views from the people.
“At the same time, the Anti-Fake News law has been suspended pending its abolition. The media has complete freedom, without having to wait for instructions from leaders, as was the practice before.
“Economic growth is still continuing. There are signs that the confidence of investors has gone up.”
He also highlighted the stable and peaceful environment in the country as a major achievement for PH, as many were fearful that the country would be hit by racial or religious riots if PH came to power.