Pakatan shot itself in the foot when it cut subsidies, MPs admit

Chan Kok Leong

PKR’s Dr Lee Boon Chye says Pakatan Harapan did make some achievements during its 22 months in Putrajaya, such as lowering the voting age to 18 and making it mandatory for MPs to declare their assets. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 25, 2020.

PAKATAN Harapan committed “political suicide” by cutting subsidies to the poor and implementing reforms too slowly, two of the coalition’s lawmakers said in a webinar last night.

“The cutting off of subsidies to the poor was suicidal. We wanted to tighten the belt but ended up strangling our political survival,” said Dr Lee Boon Chye at the online event.

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  • Memories

    Posted 2 years ago by Teruna Kelana

  • Another thing that PH was weak at, was the social media presence.

    Najib has been using it effectively to launch attack and gain traction, attention and support from the community.

    Just see how he is still attacking PH even though he is convicted - it's business as usual for him.

    That's why the perception of PH is so bad in some/certain community towards PH government.

    Posted 2 years ago by Tavern Folks

  • There is truth to what has been said in this forum. Anwar kept telling the PH cabinet to help the people, help the poor but they didnt listen to him. Poor strategy and too concerned over the depleted government coffure was the cause of their downfall. Implementations were at snails pace. The people started losing their patience..Some government agencies didnt have a CEO or a chairman for more than a year. Things couldnt move. Some say its because of unseen hands in the PMs circle that want a big say in the government. Its water under the bridge. The former PM and PH have to live with their gross mistakes now.

    Posted 2 years ago by Elyse Gim

  • If they arrested the corrupted of the BN and PAS soon PH took over the Government, this situation would not have arrived for PH. Leaders of PH spent more time on politicking who should be the next PM. The moment PH won, the BN, and PAS corrupted were feard for their wellbeing but when the time passed in implementing laws to arrest all these culprits, the fear in them slowly got them organized themselves. PH was too contended of winning the election and that destroyed the immediate and good governance. Mahathir became very swollen-headed soon after winning and started unnecessary interviews and forming special panels that came to a dead-end when hey presented to him. Till today ALL the recommendations of the different panels were unknown. What a waste of public funds?

    Syed's fear was what many others feared too. Mahathir again was trying to control the cabinet and that was another biggest mistake of PH leadership. He faulted in trusting MOO and AZMIN too much beyond his own deputy and others in DAP who gave him the many seats to form the government. It was very disappointing to have this type of leadership.

    Posted 2 years ago by Swaminaidu Venkatasamy

  • yes.. agreed.... we keep telling the PH government... dont touch what ever subsidies or bantuan to the tapper... etc....

    but degil....

    Posted 2 years ago by Shah ramo

  • You can say that again.

    Posted 2 years ago by Thomas Samuel