What Happened Before and During Elections?
Prior to the General Election, then opposition party, The Pakatan Harapan ( Coalition of Hope) party has stated 10 promises that they will achieve in the first 100 days of governance if they win the General Election from the current opposition, Barisan Nasional (National Line) party.
That happened on the 9th of May when the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Tun Dr. Mahathir had defied all odds to defeat the incumbents Barisan Nasional whom was led by Former Prime Minister, Najib Razak who is involved in a number of scandals. The PH government won 113 out of 222 parliamentary seats, Barisan Nasional had 79 seats while Islamist party Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) only won 18 seats.
As the dust settles on the unexpected results and the most tightly contested election ever, let us all remember that in the manifesto that there are 10 things that the PH government would want to achieve in its first 100 days as the leading federal government.
As we are now slightly more than 2 months into our new government, let us take a look at the current progress of what the PH coalition had promised in its 194-page manifesto.
Promises by PH and their progress.
Abolish the Goods and Services Tax ( Not valued yet )
Dr Mahathir reiterated PH’s pledge to scrap the country’s 6 per cent GST at a press conference on Thursday, after the election results have been revealed, saying “it is not a rollback” but a “cancellation” and the country would go back to the sales and services tax.
Investigate scandal-plagued institutions ( No Commission Established Yet)
These institutions include state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Majlis Amanah Rakyat ( MARA) ,Federal Land Development Authority ( FELDA) and Tabung Haji. As to-date, there is no official board or investigation commission created by the government to investigate these scandals which have plagued the nation’s wealth for years.
Introduce Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for housewives. ( Postponed)
The country’s current financial issues make it impossible for this scheme to be implemented in the near future. However, the law also states that this type of scheme is not permitted and there is no certainty in amendments taking place for the EPF’s Act in the next parliamentary section.
Re-introduce fuel subsidies for targeted groups ( Not Fulfilled)
The manifesto had identified those with motorcycles with engines below 125cc and cars under 1,300cc as eligible for subsidies
Standardise and increase the minimum wage ( Not valuated yet )
According to the Minister of Labor, there will be some announcements on the new minimum wage set by the government for the private sector in August. The Minimum Wage Order introduced by the previous government Barisan Nasional ( BN) will end
Postpone repayment to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation for those earning below RM4,000 ( Partly completed)
The government has provided the reason that because of financial difficulties at this moment. Furthermore, the government also said that the law does not permit them to carry out such initiative and it is uncertain whether there will be announcements on any amendments made to EPF’s Act in the coming parliamentary session.
Relook the awarding of mega projects to foreign countries ( Not Fulfilled)
Some of these projects include the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link, designed to connect townships such as Port Klang, Integrated Transport Terminal Gombak, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baru and Tumpat.
Set up a task force to study how to return autonomy promise to Sabah and Sarawak, as set out in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 ( No further action)
Previously, Petronas has filed a petition to gain exclusive rights in the oil and gas industry in Malaysia including East Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
Abolish FELDA settlers’ debts. ( Not fulfilled )
There are still no further action or development regarding this issue as there are still a quite a number of FELDA settlers whom have not received their monthly payout.
Introduce national healthcare assistance initiative ( Not valuated yet)
Skim Peduli Sihat will see households in the B40 class be given RM500 worth of monetary assistance to receive treatment from private clinics