Democ­racy will flour­ish again — Dr M

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KOTA BHARU: The Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) gov­ern­ment will en­sure democ­racy in the coun­try, which was severely dam­aged by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment, will flour­ish again, said Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

He said the PH gov­ern­ment held to the prin­ci­ple of sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the leg­isla­tive, ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­ciary un­like what had been done by the pre­vi­ous lead­ers.

“We (gov­ern­ment) will re­spect the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the three branches, not like the pre­vi­ous lead­ers who thought they could act with im­punity.

“The fi­nal ar­biter is a ju­di­ciary that is free of out­side in­flu­ence. Be­fore wrong­do­ers were not brought to jus­tice,” he told re­porters af­ter a gath­er­ing with Ke­lan­tan PH lead­ers yes­ter­day.

More that 1,000 PH lead­ers at­tended the event .

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, Dr Ma­hathir said the peo­ple should back the PH gov­ern­ment so that there will be no re­peat of lead­ers stray­ing.

He said the essence of democ­racy was giv­ing peo­ple real free­dom to choose their gov­ern­ment and this was proven in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14) when the “rakyat” (peo­ple) booted out the old gov­ern­ment.

Dr Ma­hathir fur­ther as­sured that the PH gov­ern­ment would have the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests at heart.

Mean­while, Dr Ma­hathir said that PH was con­fi­dent of wrest­ing Ke­lan­tan in GE15 based on the peo­ple’s sup­port from the state for the cur­rent (fed­eral ) gov­ern­ment.

“From what I see, PH can take over Ke­lan­tan in GE15,” he said, adding that the Ke­lan­tanese peo­ple could judge for them­selves the sin­cer­ity of the PH gov­ern­ment in want­ing to serve the rakyat.

On un­ful­filled manifesto promises, Dr Ma­hathir said the rakyat could un­der­stand the ac­tual sit­u­a­tion as the new gov­ern­ment was forced to be ex­tremely pru­dent in fi­nan­cial mat­ters fol­low­ing the moun­tain of debts the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had left be­hind. - Ber­nama

Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and De­fence Min­is­ter, who is also Amanah pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu (right) at­tend a gath­er­ing with Ke­lan­tan PH lead­ers yes­ter­day. - Ber­nama photo

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