KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 16): Former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Pakatan Harapan Government will deliver its election promises "at all cost" because voters' expectation on the government is high.
Azalina told reporters at the Parliament lobby today that in most countries, political manifestos are considered promises.
"So this is what they (Pakatan Harapan) will do and deliver at all cost. I believe the voters also voted on the manifesto. Of course, the expectation (on the government) is high.
"It (is) also good that the previous opposition (coalition) is now the government (as) they can understand how it is to be the government. It is not that easy (because) there are lot of things to evaluate especially in a multi-racial and multi-religious country like ours," Azalina said.
Reporters had also asked Azalina to comment on the results of a post-election survey by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research, which indicated that Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has an approval rating of 71% among Malaysians as at August this year.
Today, Azalina said she was not sure if the survey was a right gauge of Dr Mahathir's leadership. Azalina said: "I think when it comes to Dr Mahathir, lots of people trust him based on the fact that he has been a PM before. So I mean if you have been the PM twice of course you are considered (more) credible than other untested personalities."
"So you can't blame the rakyat's biasness towards him, that's my personal view not my party's view," Azalina said.