Earlier this week, behind a closed-door meeting of Pakatan Harapan and Parti Warisan Sabah MPs in Petaling Jaya, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad apparently admitted to "facing a tough time" in fulfilling the coalition's election manifesto, reported Malaysiakini
According to a report in Malaysiakini, Tun Dr Mahathir admitted this during a dinner function on Monday night, 13 August, where he said that that the coalition promised some of the things without the expectation that they could truly win power.
"Actually, we did not expect to win, we made a thick manifesto with all kinds of promises. We must fulfil our promises which is why we can't make promises that we cannot fulfil. We need to make sacrifices to fulfil our promises.
If we can't fulfil them, we will need a good reason that is acceptable to the people."
He also warned of a backlash if the coalition fails to make good on its pledges of which the '10 Janji 100 Hari' was most popularised
"Or else, if we fail to deliver on our promises, the opposition will use it against us and we may be defeated (in the next general election)," Tun Dr Mahathir said, according to Malaysiakini which cited sources who were reportedly present at the dinner meeting.
As an example, Tun Dr Mahathir cited a promise by to make the position of opposition leader equivalent to that of a minister
The said promise, Tun Dr Mahathir joked, was made in expectation of Pakatan Harapan losing GE14 and being in the opposition, reported Malaysiakini.
"But we won and now it feels uncomfortable to give the opposition leader an equal rank to a minister. That is the problem when we make promises," he added.
Essentially, it's because the Pakatan Harapan coalition didn't think they would actually win GE14 and defeat the party that has governed Malaysia since over six decades.
While Tun Dr Mahathir and his coalition of parties promised more than what they could deliver in time, recent developments show they are trying.
Earlier this week itself, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced that the National Service programme and National Civics Bureau (BTN) have been abolished with immediate effect.
And from today, 15 August onwards, housewives, single mothers, widows, and head of households (married men) whose profiles are listed under the National Database on Poverty (eKasih) can begin registering for the Employee Provident Fund (EPF).
Nonetheless, the 93-year-old has recently emphasised the need for patience saying that things don't happen at the flick of a finger:
It also needs to be noted that Tun Dr Mahathir, since taking over Putrajaya after the historic 9 May General Election, has kept to a schedule that would be punishing even for a leader half his age: