Democ­racy will flour­ish again, says Ma­hathir

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KOTA BARU: The Pakatan Hara­pan govern­ment will en­sure democ­racy in the coun­try, which was se­verely dam­aged by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, will flour­ish again, says Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

The Prime Min­is­ter said Pakatan held to the prin­ci­ple of sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the leg­isla­tive, ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­ciary, un­like the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We will re­spect the three branches, not like 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 over 1,000 Ke­lan­tan Pakatan lead­ers here yes­ter­day.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali, Parti Amanah Ne­gara pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu and Ke­lan­tan Pakatan chief Datuk Husam Musa.

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, Dr Ma­hathir said the peo­ple should back the govern­ment so that there would 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 when the peo­ple booted out the old govern­ment.

He as­sured that Pakatan would have the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests at heart.

The Prime Min­is­ter also said Pakatan was con­fi­dent of wrest­ing Ke­lan­tan in the next gen­eral elec­tion based on the peo­ple’s sup­port for the cur­rent govern­ment.

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 left be­hind.

On a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Dr Ma­hathir said that no govern­ment posts would be of­fered to for­mer min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamad, who quit Umno and has now joined Ber­satu, say­ing it was the pol­icy of Pakatan.

“They must clean them­selves from the pre­vi­ous govern­ment’s prac­tices and (they) will see a cer­tain pe­riod of time pass (be­fore they can hold any posts),” he said.

Dr Ma­hathir also said that Pakatan wel­comed any Umno leader or mem­ber wish­ing to join them but they must ac­cept the prin­ci­ples it cham­pi­oned.

Ear­lier, he held a closed-door meet­ing with the lead­er­ship of the Ke­lan­tan Ber­satu at a ho­tel, at­tended by state party chief Datuk Ka­marud­din Md Nor and his deputy Datuk Sazmi Miah.

The Prime Min­is­ter also met Ke­lan­tan Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Ahmad Yakob to dis­cuss var­i­ous mat­ters, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment in the state. — Ber­nama

Friendly chat: Dr Ma­hathir meet­ing Ahmad Yakob to dis­cuss var­i­ous mat­ters af­fect­ing Ke­lan­tan. — Ber­nama

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