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Government decision to defer promises may not backfire — for now

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Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – June 1, 2018: Following the decision of the Pakatan Harapan government to defer the delivery of five items in its 100-day list of promises, a few analysts think that the people will accept this quite willingly for now.

One of them says this is because the government has cited financial constraints as a reason.

Professor Dr. Mohd. Azizudin Mohd. Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia is sure many will be willing to accept the decision for now but the government has to give further details as to when will they be able fulfil these promises.

“After all, promises made are promises that must be honoured,” he remarked.

Agreeing with Azizudin is Dr. Azmi Hassan, who believes that the people will be forgiving enough but warns the government that continuously deferring or breaking its promises could hurt its credibility.

“There will come a time where people, including their supporters, will question the ability of certain ministers…. their credibility will be at stake.

“I believe the real test for the government will come on September 1 when the Sales and Services Tax is reintroduced. If the prices of goods increase, the government must be ready with convincing  reasons.”

Universiti Teknologi Mara strategic management and marketing lecturer Professor Dr. Faridah Hassan also believes that majority of the people will view the government’s decision positively because it is perceived to be more transparent.

 

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