KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 21, 2020: DAP’s Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh has blamed Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for Pakatan Harapan’s defeats in five by-elections since the general elections in May 2018, saying that Mahathir must take responsibility for this and the apparently weakening support for the ruling coalition.
The lawyer additionally criticised Mahathir’s willingness to work with almost anyone, including Umno.
“This certainly does not inspire confidence in Pakatan’s commitment to real reforms, the platform on which it achieved the impossible in GE14 by defeating Barisan Nasional after 61 years in power,” said Ramkarpal in a statement today.
He also questioned Mahathir’s motive for not yet making public the Institutional Reform Committee’s report and pointed out that strong political will is needed to implement the reforms promised.
“The IRC was set up soon after GE14, comprising eminent members for the purpose of identifying areas that need major reforms and for proposing ways to achieve such reforms.
“Surely, the said report of the IRC is crucial to PH’s reform agenda and ought to have been made public a long time ago. It is baffling why it has not,” said Ramkarpal.
Ramkarpal is also of the view that the transition of power from Mahathir to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be finalised as the issue has created tensions in Pakatan.