Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia

We want the Pakatan Harapan government to succeed to reset nation-building policies for Malaysia to return to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia, where there is separation of powers, the rule of law, public integrity and respect for human rights..

For six decades, we have strayed from the fundamental principles of the Malaysian Constitution. The re-setting of nation-building principles to restore the original Constitution principles is an arduous process and will probably take a generation, but substantial efforts must be made in the five years before the next general election in 2023.

Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia.

I have been quoted as saying that Pakatan Harapan had made “impossible: promises” in the run-up to the 14th General Election. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What I said at the Perak State Convention last month was that we must be frank with the people, and that if we had made “impossible” promises, we must have the confidence in the people’s trust to admit them.

Nineteen months have passed since the historic “May 9” decision of last year, bringing about a peaceful and democratic transition of power the first time in six decades.

The high hopes that there could be radical change overnight had been replaced by disappointment and even disillusionment with the slow pace of change, and there is even perception that the Pakatan Harapan Government has relapsed to the sins and crimes of unaccountability, abuses of power and corruption of the previous administration.

Pakatan Harapan parties must guard against any such relapses, and firm remedial action are needed to ensure that the sins and crimes of the past, viz unaccountability, abuses of power and corruption, do not occur in the Pakatan Harapan administration.

I look forward to the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2019 which should be released next month, for this will be one international measure whether we are making progress in the fight against corruption. I expect that this will be a TI CPI Report which Malaysians can feel proud.

It is vital and important that Pakatan Harapan parties must be able to convince our members and core supporters that the trajectory towards a New Malaysia is on track, and that the five pillar- promises towards the building of a New Malaysia, as contained in the 14GE Pakatan Harapan election manifesto remain our lodestar and guiding principle.

The five pillar-promises of a New Malaysia are:

· Reduce the people’s burden;

· Institutional and political reforms;

· Spur sustainable and equitable economic growth;

· Return Sabah and Sarawak to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963; and

· Create a Malaysia that is inclusive, moderate and respected globally.

Three recent events are salutary reminders that we are on track in this trajectory towards a New Malaysia, firstly, the constitutional amendment bill on the two-term limit of the Prime Minister; and the two decisions by the Attorney-General, Tommy Thomas today not to appeal against the court decision on the acquittal of PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (BAFIA) case and the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision that Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) denying bail to SOSMA detainees as “unconstitutional”.

The two decisions by the Attorney General Tommy Thomas on Rafizi and SOSMA are most welcome and appropriate.

We must be mindful of increasing public impatience at the pace of change to keep in line with the promises in Buku Harapan.

Only today, the Malaysian Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor reminded the Pakatan Harapan government to remain faithful to its 14th general election manifesto promises on human rights and to implement them without delay.

In his anniversary speech on the first year of Pakatan Harapan government in May this year, the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad expressed confidence that the Pakatan Harapan government will be able to implement its Buku Harapan promises in the remaining term of the government.

In the new year of 2020, let the Pakatan Harapan Government step up on its implementation of the promises Pakatan Harapan had made in Buku Harapan.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at the DAP Kinrara Anniversary Dinner in Kinrara, Selangor on Friday, 13th December 2019 at 8.30 pm)

  1. #1 by Sallang on Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 2:53 pm

    YB Lim, the man in the streets cannot be demanding the PH government to deliver what was promised in the manifesto.
    We cannot understand why things continue to be expensive.
    The price of a cup of kopi O increased by 10c, when the price of sugar/petrol or diesel increased by 10c during BN’s time, and it never came down.
    Why can’t the government set a consistent sugar,petrol/diesel price for 3 months, and demand that a cup of Kopi O must reduce by 10c, a bowl of noodles must reduce by 50c.
    When toll increased by 50c, another increase of 10c by traders.
    While the relevant ministries try to solve the country’s woes,
    announcing that the government need to find money to pay 1MDB debts, at the State level, funds are being wasted on projects that can wait, because they are not important.
    Perception, as you had written is the right word.
    The actions at STATE level, mirrors the government.
    When PH was in the opposition, we highlight BN’s wrongdoings.
    PH should undo what BN had done wrong, not introduce new policies that are not tested, like black shoes and what not.
    The voters who gave PH the mandate, including those in overseas, were ‘forgotten’.
    Only MPs involved in a policy matter can talk to the press.
    During BN’s time, every MP try to say something, then confuse an issue.
    Tg Piai was a wake up call.
    If another by-election were to be held, soon, don’t be surprised.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 7:45 pm

    Reset? How? On what basis? Bersatu do not believe in PH – even on corruption, its not all clear they do not tolerate some. How is PH going to replace or manage Bersatu, and frankly, PH really must replace Bersatu. Anwar and PKR have problems up to their eyeball.

    So, on what basis can PH deliver over promises at the same time deal with its own political canyons.?

    All the Kings horses and all the Kings men cannot put humpty dumpty together again, much less when the King is not decided and the men are deeply divided.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 7:48 pm

    The problem of PH is not their under delivery-over promises nor that they are divided, their problem is PH do not have a real plan at all..

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