LANGKAWI — Jan. 20, 2020: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that the Pakatan Harapan coalition he leads could be a one-term government and thus needs to make some changes to prevent this possibility.
Pakatan defeated the Barisan National in the May 2018 general election on promises of reforms but has since lost five by-elections, including for the Kimanis parliamentary seat last Saturday.
Incidentally, opinion polls have pointed to a waning of Pakatan’s popularity with the people.
“We have lost five by-elections but they (PH leaders) still don’t understand, ” Reuters quoted Mahathir as saying today.
“I told them in a democracy you need strong support from the people. But instead they fight amongst themselves and divide the people, ” he remarked.
Mahathir’s statement was echoed by the DAP in Georgetown in a report by the New Straits Times attributed to the party’s vice-chairman Chow Kon Yeow who agreed that the statement was a clear signal that all components parties of Pakatan must buck up collectively and individually.
“It is a qualified statement. We take note of Tun’s kind advice to all component parties. DAP will continue to listen to the voices of the people and play a major role amongst the component parties while using internal channels to get consensus in the government and the party,” said Chow.