PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today said Dr Mahathir Mohamad had refused to commit to fulfilling Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election promises, during a meeting they had in the wake of the collapse of the ruling coalition.
“At my meeting on Feb 25, 2020 in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mahathir refused to remain as PH prime minister and refused to commit to fulfil and deliver PH’s general election manifesto,” he said in a statement today.
Hours after Mahathir resigned on Feb 24, Lim had said that DAP would re-nominate the veteran leader.
He had then commended Mahathir for refusing to take in Umno leaders embroiled in corruption scandals.
“This is the first time that a Malaysian prime minister is prepared to resign on principle to uphold integrity and combat corruption,” he had said.
However, it was learnt that Mahathir had refused to attend a meeting with PH top leaders. As a result, PH MPs were later instructed to nominate Anwar Ibrahim during their audience with the Agong yesterday.
Lim said the election manifesto was agreed upon by PH despite different ideologies and aspirations of the coalition’s partners.
Lim reminded that PH had gone to the 2018 polls based on its manifesto.
He said the coalition had fulfilled several promises, including the abolition of the goods and services tax (GST) and the reduction of toll rates.