The Langkawi MP said PH had made the promise when they were not privy to the state of the administration.
“We did not know the extent of the damages left by the previous administration,” he said in his speech at a buka puasa event in Al-Hana Mosque in Kuah here.
“I know we said we will fulfil the 10 promises within 100 days but now, I have to admit that it will take more than 100 days to fulfil.”
This is the same story that former Australian PM John Howard said after he won the election in Oz on a campaign promise NOT to cut government jobs.
After winning the election, he CUT massive number of government jobs.
When reminded about his campaign promise, he said (words to the effect) virtually the same thing as Mahathir just did: “We did not know the extent of the damages left by the previous administration”, knowing he might just get away with that as the voters would still be angry at the losing party.
That's bull because the opposition (before he won the election and indeed too, before Pakatan won the election) would have been keeping track of the government's spending, etc.
He revised his pre-election pledges, diving them into "core" and "non core" promises, where he could ignore "non core" promises, namely to sack thousands of public servants.
Now, watch out for Mahathir's "non core" promises, wakakaka.
As I mentioned to a FB matey, Kanti Kulasekaran, that to be fair to Maddy, that at a very early stage when he was nominated to be Pakatan PM-designate, he did say (many have now forgotten) the GST might be kept on for a while. He knew how effective and efficient the GST was.
But the provoked public anger against GST was so great he wisely backed off rather than tried to explain to the angry mob.
Getting rid of the GST was Pakatan leaders' foolish pride in keeping a silly campaign promise, but as the removal of the GST was one of the two pillars in the anti Najib campaign, they had to do it, even at great financial pain.
But as Kanti correctly said, he is now probably plotting when to bring GST back, perhaps even at 15%, wakakaka.
The morality of the silly sorry story is: Politicians will lie their way to victory and worry about campaign promises after winning the elections.
And where they can get away with "non core" promises they will, and where they can't, then they will probably come up with a temporary solution to appease the angry mob until the anger has been assuaged.
In the meantime, enjoy the 'opium' called the FIFA World Cup, wakakaka.
you don't have much up there, sir
that's because I am a Hell-Hound