Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, on the 100th day of the administration of the Pakatan Harapan (PH), conceded that his cabinet line-up still has the characteristics of the opposition and will take time to adept itself as the government. He said this happened due to the transition of power after 61 years that the opposition could not set up the government.
“And as such, they have the traits of the opposition. When it becomes the government, the old traits still appear and influence their thinking. But within the short period, they have made adjustments and now realise that they have now become the government,” he said. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir, who leads the Pakatan Harapan to form the new government following the victory in the 14th General Election on May 9, said this at the Handing Over of the Premier Fellow for the Year 2018 at Perdana Putra, here today. Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also the 2015 Premier Fellow alumni, cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. Sixty participants of the sixth group of the Premier Fellow program which began in 2013, will be emplaced in various career positions and key posts including being deployed to the various cabinet ministers’ offices for between six weeks to three months.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Pakatan Harapan government was striving to fulfill the promises in its election manifesto, but indicated that more time was needed to do that. The PH government has come under scrutiny over its 100-day fulfillment of election pledges as the deadline draws near. Tun Dr Mahathir said, however, he was optimistic that most of what was outlined in the document would be resolved within five years. The manifesto was crafted on the basis of what PH knew at that time, he told reporters yesterday after launching the Cardiac Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL), a private cardiac and vascular specialist hospital. “But when we took over (the government) we found that the situation was much worse, more money had been borrowed,” he said, adding that the government found itself working in an environment that was not suited to what it wanted to do.
Dr Mahathir also said that the government had to draft certain laws and bring them to Parliament – a process that required time – to fulfill its election vows. On his upcoming visit to China, Dr Mahathir said it was aimed at, among other things, to strengthen relations between the two countries. “China is the first country that I should have visited but other problems prevented me from going to China much earlier,” he said. Dr Mahathir is scheduled to make an official visit to China from Aug 17 to 21 at the invitation of his counterpart, Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.