‘GOVT BOUND BY 3 PRIN­CI­PLES’

They are serv­ing peo­ple, up­hold­ing democ­racy and prac­tis­ing sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers, says PM

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PRIME Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad said the Pakatan Hara­pan govern­ment holds firm to three prin­ci­ples, which are serv­ing the peo­ple, up­hold­ing the demo­cratic sys­tem and prac­tis­ing sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the ju­di­ciary.

He said the PH govern­ment fought not for its lead­ers, but for re­li­gion, race and the coun­try.

“It is the demo­cratic sys­tem that gives peo­ple the power to choose a govern­ment and it is with this power that we give our­selves in ser­vice to the peo­ple.

“In a demo­cratic sys­tem, we have rules that we have to re­spect.

“The pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion did not re­spect th­ese rules. We want laws that ben­e­fit the peo­ple and dis­card laws that are op­pres­sive.

“We will up­hold the prin­ci­ple of sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the leg­is­la­ture, ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­ciary.

“We do not want lead­ers to dom­i­nate both ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­ciary pow­ers, which leaves no av­enue for them to be brought to jus­tice if they com­mit any wrong­do­ing.”

Dr Ma­hathir said this at a meet­the-peo­ple event or­gan­ised by Ke­lan­tan PH, which was at­tended by about 1,000 peo­ple.

Present were his wife, Tun Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali, Parti Amanah Ne­gara pres­i­dent and De­fence Min­is­ter Mo­hamad Sabu, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) vice-pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Rashid Ab­dul Rah­man, Ke­lan­tan PH chair­man Datuk Husam Musa and Jeli mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed.

Ear­lier, Dr Ma­hathir re­ceived 13,717 party mem­ber­ship forms from state PPBM chair­man Datuk Ka­marudin Md Nor.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is PPBM chair­man, urged the peo­ple to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion faced by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, which was un­able to ful­fil some of its prom­ises.

“It’s true that be­fore this, it was easy for us to make prom­ises. But some of th­ese could not be ful­filled, which left the peo­ple dis­ap­pointed.

“How­ever, smart peo­ple will un­der­stand why they can­not be ful­filled given the debt left by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment that reached RM1 tril­lion.

“I am cer­tain that the peo­ple are will­ing to wait for the coun­try’s prob­lems to be re­solved be­fore we fully make good on th­ese prom­ises.”

Ear­lier, he held an hour-long closed-door meet­ing with the lead­er­ship of PPBM, which was at­tended by Ka­marudin and the lat­ter’s deputy, Datuk Sazmi Miah.

Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Ahmad Yakob was sched­uled to hold a meet­ing with Dr Ma­hathir to dis­cuss var­i­ous mat­ters, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment in the state. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Mohd Zulk­i­fli Zain­ud­din

PIC BY SYAMSI SUHAIMI

Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad with Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) mem­ber­ship forms at a meet-the-peo­ple event or­gan­ised by Ke­lan­tan Pakatan Hara­pan in Kota Baru yes­ter­day. He is flanked by PPBM vice-pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Rashid Ab­dul Rah­man (left) and state PPBM chair­man Datuk Ka­marudin Md Nor.

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