KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still supported and appreciated by the people, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
Referencing the allegation by some quarters that there was less support among Malaysians for PH, he said, “I am aware that there are some who have said that the people’s support for PH has dropped from 80 per cent to 38 per cent but I don’t know on what basis this research was made”.
“What I do know personally is that many people want to greet me, take pictures…that is proof that the support is still there,” he said during a press conference at a PH and Warisan Members of Parliament get-together.
The PH chairman said that if a study was undertaken in reference to a small number of people and their viewpoints were taken as though they were representative of all Malaysians, the government would view the findings as incorrect.
He added that although PH was an alliance of five parties, it had managed to form a government which could discuss all matters and make decisions that were accepted by all.
In this connection, the premier said today’s event was aimed at strengthening the ties between the leadership of the parties and the MPs, while at the same time enabling discussions on government policies which were not well understood by the elected representatives, and which would be explained by the leadership.
“Definitely among them (policies) is the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 because this is a new policy which needs to be understood by all quarters. The people also want to know and the MPs must be able to explain this new vision,” he said, adding that such get-togethers would continue to be held in the future.
Meanwhile on other matters, Dr Mahathir said PH had managed to achieve 60 per cent of its manifesto as promised during the 14th general election.
“Many of us did not read our own manifesto. We never made a promise to abolish toll for example but this is generally taken as part of our manifesto, and there are many other things which are not read carefully and sometimes, we get carried away with views of the Opposition,” he said.
On the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the prime minister said it would be considered if that was what the people wanted, but he reaffirmed that the act of considering it did not mean that the government had agreed to its implementation.
“The press made it out as if we have decided to dump the SST (Sales and Services Tax) in favour of GST, and of course the Opposition was so happy. Of course, the duty of the press is to make the Opposition happy, we understand that,” he added.
Dr Mahathir was previously reported to have said that the government would study the need to reintroduce the GST, if it was what Malaysians wanted.
The GST was enforced on April 1, 2015 at a rate of six per cent but was replaced with the SST with effect from Sept 1, 2018.