Deliver reforms or face polls snub, Pakatan warns Najib

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, Sept 15 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak against announcing overly ambitious promises tonight, saying a more “mature” electorate would still reject his administration if the reforms are not implemented before the polls.

The lawmakers pointed out that Malaysians have been repeatedly misled into believing many such reform promises in the past and have now grown more doubtful of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“History, when it repeats itself for the second time, becomes a joke.

“Pak Lah (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) did this… he promised the sky and the people trusted him and gave him a huge mandate.

Now, whatever Najib promises he must deliver before elections are called. If he cannot deliver, I do not think people will believe in those promises,” the DAP’s Liew Chin Tong (picture) told a joint press conference with other PR leaders here.

Najib is expected to announce a raft of reforms centred on security and press laws tonight in a bid to jump-start his 29-month administration that critics say has been stalling lately.

The prime minister is to address the nation in a special live telecast at 8.45pm in conjunction with Malaysia Day tomorrow after the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday decided that he must tell Malaysians about reforms for the Internal Security Act (ISA) and several laws related to the media.