Masing: Pakatan Harapan a populist government, won’t last

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, July 27: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has tricked the whole nation with their untenable manifesto in the 14th general election, and such a government will not last, opined Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

“Malaysians, including Sarawakians, have been tricked by PH with their untenable manifesto. Now they are wriggling their way out of the hole of broken promises,” Masing told DayakDaily yesterday.

He believed the PH federal government would collapse once the people became aware of their populist approach.

“We must know that populist governments all over the world don’t last; Malaysian PH government is no exception. Once the people know of their trickery, they will fall or their loose coalition will collapse. Why? This is because not all of them are a treacherous lot. The good and genuine ones will walk out,” he said.

He added that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)’s Members of Parliament and assemblymen would just watch for a while and act as a credible and responsible opposition.

“Just do what is right for the people of Sarawak and don’t lie to gain public acceptance,” advised Masing.

He was responding to PH’s ‘failure’ in fulfilling their election manifesto, especially on their promise of a 20 per cent oil royalty to Sarawak if they formed the federal government.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali told Parliament on Wednesday that the Petroleum Development Act (PDA )1974 must be amended before Putrajaya could increase the oil royalty payout to oil-producing states.

Azmin had also pleaded for more time to carry out PH’s electoral promise, pointing out that the ruling coalition had not given a definite deadline in its manifesto.

“If we want to implement the 20 per cent oil royalty based on net profit, then we would have to first amend the PDA 1974,” Azmin had said during question time.

Azmin also claimed the existing PDA specified that the calculation of the oil royalty was based on gross profit and not net profit. — DayakDaily