Ah! Now we know why the Pakatan Harapan government is running the country like a bunch of bumbling amateurs.
They made all sorts of campaign promises whilst never expecting that they would become the next government and will have to deliver on their campaign promises.
Dr M: We wrote manifesto thinking we would remain in opposition
Friday, 31 Aug 2018 4:43 PM MYT
by mei mei chu
KUALA LUMPUR: Winning the general election was supposed to be the hard part, but it turned out to be the easiest part, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Pakatan Harapan chairman said this when he hailed the "people's achievement" in enabling the first change of government in 61 years during a surprise appearance at the Malaysians for Malaysia Merdeka celebration on Friday (Aug 31).
"We thought it (winning Federal Power) was the hard part, but we (now) realise that it's the easy part," Dr Mahathir said of the challenges they faced as government.
He said Pakatan Harapan had limited its own power in Federal government as they crafted their manifesto thinking that they would remain the opposition and would need to hold a Barisan Nasional government in check.
For example, he said, they pledged that the Public Accounts Committee chairman should be from the opposition, and now they had put themselves in a position to be scrutinised.
"Many other things we put in the manifesto thinking we would be opposition, but now we are the government," he added.
"Among the things we put in our promises is to limit the Prime Minister's power, then we discover that we are in power, and we limit the power that we now have," he said.
"We have made these promises, so we have to have ourselves examined and scrutinised by the opposition, which was the government before this," he said.
Nevertheless, Dr Mahathir said there was a sense of relief among the people now that Pakatan Harapan was in power.
"Sometimes, we catch them smiling to themselves," he said.
"They feel there are no longer oppressed; there was fear before," he added.
Dr Mahathir also said he was happy that the National Day parade was once again held in Putrajaya because Putrajaya, with its wide central boulevard, was built for the purpose of holding parades.
"I wish you Selamat Hari Kebangsaan," he said.
Organised by Malaysians for Malaysia, Merdeka celebration was attended by some of Malaysia's most notable activists including transgender activist Nisha Ayub, lawyer Siti Kassim, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Ivy Josiah.
The Malaysian ringgit, which had been gradually strengthening against the US dollar throughout 2017 and early 2018, had begun to weaken steadily since around mid-April 2018 and has continued to weaken to RM4.11 to the US dollar today.
This will lead to higher cost of imported inputs and imported finished goods, which are mostly priced in US dollars and which will be reflected in prices on the shelves, hence higher cost of living, which Pakatan promised to reduce.
The ringgit has also weakened against:-
The UK Pound
The Canadian dollar
The Japanese Yen
The Hong Kong dollar
The Cuban Peso
The Cuban Convertible Peso
The South Korean won
The Thai Baht
The Philippines Piso
The Bangladesh Taka
The Cambodian Riel
The Cayman Islands dollar (where the yacht Equanimity is from)
The Bolivian Boliviano
And let me not forget the Yankee Dah'lah
Currencies the ringgit has strengthened against or has remained roughly steady against are:-
The Indonesian Rupee
The Indonesian Rupiah
The Australian dollar
The New Zealand dollar
The North Korean Won
The Brazilian Real
The Angolan Kwanza
Whatever, fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride for all it's worth.