KUALA LUMPUR: A manifesto is a promise which the government must work hard to deliver.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, however, admitted that there was a need to recalibrate the manifesto, to suit current needs.
“There were some promises made based on findings at the time, which we realised after the election, that the facts were not the same.
“I called for a recalibration of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto after the first presidential council meeting, right after winning the 14th General Election.
“It was only two months ago that they agreed to form a manifesto monitoring committee, of which I am chairman.”
Rais said the manifesto was a result of laborious work, and they had engaged with various non-governmental organisations, including seven professors who had worked hand-in-glove in determining the issues concerning the people.
“Everything is detailed in the manifesto. You can download it for free.
“Don’t quote politicians. They will promise the moon and stars. Read the manifesto and understand the context, it’s very clear.”
Rais, who was one of those tasked to draft the manifesto, said this after being asked whether he felt that Pakatan Harapan was promising the “moon and stars” during a panel discussion at the “Post-GE14 By-Elections: Implications for GE15” seminar at International Islamic University Malaysia.
Khairy Jamaluddin, who is Rembau member of parliament and also a panelist at the seminar, meanwhile, said he had learnt not to “over-promise” when drafting a manifesto.
“It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver.
“In the run-up to the 15th General Election, when I’m Umno president, I will remember to under-promise and over-deliver,” he said in jest.