Thursday, April 25

Unfair, premature to say PH govt as having failed Malaysians — Voon

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MIRI: It is unfair to say that Pakatan Harapan (PH) has failed as a ruling coalition in that it has only been about eight months since it took over the federal government, says a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader.

Voon Shiak Ni, who is political secretary to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo and also PKR Women national vice-chief, believes that it is also too early to pass such judgement in that PH has to deal with many critical issues, such as the corrupt practices by the leaders and civil officers under the previous government led by Barisan Nasional (BN).

“It’s unfair when some analysts play up the issue – that the PH government has failed the people.

“The PH government is presently doing a good job in bringing quite a handful of the ‘culprits’ (who are) now facing trial. Of course, there are more to come.

“We are slowly cleaning up the scandal-ridden system and I believe that we are progressing well on this aspect – living up to what the people expect,” she said.

Voon made these remarks in response to what was said by political analyst Bridget Welsh during a forum in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, which was reported on an online news portal.

According to Welsh, the PH government has not lived up to expectations in eight months after coming into power, partly attributing this to the high expectations among Malaysians towards the new government.

In countering this, Voon disclosed that some reforms had been carried out throughout this short period – one of which was to have the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Election Commission reporting directly to Parliament for more transparency and accountability, as well as to avoid abuse of power.

She also said the policies implemented by the PH government focused on people-friendly approaches, where the welfare and well-being of the people became the priority.

“Our Miri MP Dr Michael Teo has launched the anti-drug abuse campaigns here in support of the efforts by the federal and state governments to curb drug abuse, which is prevalent nowadays, even in schools,” she pointed out.

Other community projects undertaken by Dr Teo and his team included the plan to have more Neighbourhood Watch groups, and to facilitate townhall meetings here, said Voon.

In this regard, she assured all that the PH federal government and its elected representatives are always determined to bring changes to the country.

“I am confident that Malaysia would be different five years down the road,” she said.