A List Of Things The Newly Formed PH Govt Has Already Accomplished

PM Tun Dr Mahathir has been at it since being sworn in.

Cover image via REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

GE14 is going down in the history books and so is the newly formed Pakatan Harapan government, led by a 92-year-old Tun Dr Mahathir

Since its Independence, Malaysia has been governed by the Barisan Nasional coalition, the world's longest-running government that lasted for a period of six decades.

However, GE14 saw Malaysian voters not only reject the BN coalition, the mother of all election saw the voters — against all expectations and to the surprise of political pundits all over — emphatically giving the mandate to the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Pakatan Harapan's historic victory is remarkable for many reasons. One of the top reasons being "the '10 Janji 100 Hari' (10 Promises in 100 Days) pledge" that the coalition made on 8 March 2018, prior to being voted into federal government.

The '10 Janji 100 Hari' pledge.

Image via Pakatan Harapan

It has only been a handful of few working days, but the newly formed Pakatan Harapan Government, under its leader and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has already accomplished or initiated a number of promises from its '10 Janji 100 Hari' pledge

PM Tun Dr Mahathir gestures beside his Deputy PM Dr Wan Azizah, after being sworn in.

Image via REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

On top of its list of accomplishments so far, the Pakatan Harapan government has delivered its one of the most key promise: No GST

While not technically abolished, the Finance Ministry has announced that the Goods and Services Tax (GST), from the current 6%, will be zero-rated (0%) from 1 June.

According to the Finance Ministry's official statement on 16 May, the reduction of GST rate will be implemented nationwide until a further announcement is made.

However, to cushion the revenue shortfall from GST, the Finance Ministry is re-introducing the Sales and Services Tax (SST), as part of its fiscal reform initiative.

Its second promise was to stabilise oil prices: Fulfilled!

And on 16 May, Tun Dr Mahathir announced that there will be no more fluctuation in fuel prices as they will be pegged to the present price. Currently, a litre of RON95 is RM2.20, RON97 is RM2.47, Diesel is RM2.18, and Euro 5 Diesel is RM2.28.

He also said that if the fixed price is not enough, "the Government will subsidise."

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Thirdly, as part of its promise to investigate scandal-ridden institutions, the government first declassified the 1MDB audit report

Following which, on Thursday, 17 May, a special committee was set up to look into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

Several people connected to 1MDB including former pm Najib Razak and Arul Kanda Kandasamy have been placed on the Immigration Department's travel blacklist.

Above all, a special police team investigating the 1MDB scandal raided Najib's home on the night of 16 May, which went on till 17 May daytime.

According to NST Online, 15 police cars and a Black Maria (a police truck used to transport prisoners) were sighted entering the neighbourhood as the operation started at 10.15pm, soon after Najib returned home from prayers at a nearby mosque.

However, prior to all this, Tun Dr Mahathir formed a 'Council of Elders, also called Team of Eminent Persons, to advise the new Pakatan Harapan Govern­ment for the first 100 days on 12 May

And to everyone's surprise, on Saturday itself, barely hours into its formation, the five-member Council convened their first meeting which went late into the night.

The Council of Elders will advise the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government during its first 100 days to ensure that the coalition delivers on its promise to the rakyat.

The Elders then formed an Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC)

The five-member Institutional Reforms Committee has been tasked with examining the present state of key institutions and laws, and to recommend necessary actions to ensure that economic reforms are accompanied by institutional reforms.

The IRC will now examine key institutions such as the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC), Judiciary, police force, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Election Commission (EC). It will have a deadline of 60 days.

The most significant accomplishment of Tun Dr Mahathir so far, however, lies in facilitating a full Royal pardon for Anwar Ibrahim

The jailed PKR leader walked a free man on Wednesday, 16 May.

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