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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Dec 10: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing opines that reneging on promises has become the trademark of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
He backed his arguments by raising a few examples where Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made U-turns over the coalition’s decisions.
“Reneging on his promises or making U-turns seems to be the trademark of PH or Mahathir’s government. The rationale behind such decisions is quite acceptable.
“Take for example, in not keeping their promises, Tun Mahathir said: ‘Promises are not ‘book suci’ (holy books)’. So reneging on one’s promises is not a crime or sin.
“Making a U-turn on one’s decision is ok, ‘after all, we aren’t angels. Even angels make mistakes,’ Tun Mahathir said,” Masing, who is also a Deputy Chief Minister, quoted Dr Mahathir.
Masing, in a statement, further quoted Dr Mahathir, who is also the prime minister, who said that “once a mistake is made and one knows it and turns back, there is nothing wrong with it”.
To Masing, Dr Mahathir is in denial, and opined this was very common with the latter.
Despite so, Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, said Dr Mahathir knew how to talk smart and argue the latter’s cases.
“Denial on what have been uttered or done is common with Tun Mahathir. The classical one is this — when asked whether he put Anwar in jail, Dr Mahatir replied, ‘I didn’t. The court put Anwar in jail’.
“Factually, he (Dr Mahathir) is correct!
“How do you argue with Tun Mahathir’s logic? Logically, he is correct, but the essence of the whole issue had been twisted by smart talk,” said Masing. — DayakDaily