Tun M: 2 of 10 promises fulfilled in 70 days (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Only two of the "10 promises in 100 days" under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government have been fulfilled, seventy days into its administration, according to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said the government encountered many unforeseen hurdles when attempting to implement the 10 promises, as well as giving priority to other pressing matters.

He said six other promises were in the midst of implementation, while efforts to implement the remaining two have yet to begin.

"To ensure all promises are done in an organised manner and according to the law, they need time. Not all can be achieved within 100 days.

"It must be remembered that attention must not only be given to these 10 promises. There are other things that also needed to be done. What we prioritise is cleaning up the government from all the damages done by the previous administration, such as corruption and abuse of power.

"The enforcement of laws on crime within the government also needed to be done as well as efforts to retrieve lost money and restructuring of ministries and agencies," he said in the Minister's Question Time in Parliament, here, today.

While he did not specify which two promises had been fulfilled, Mahathir was possibly referring to the reintroduction of fuel subsidies and reviewing all mega projects that have been awarded to foreign countries.

PH had in its election manifesto pledged to accomplish 10 promises within its first 10 days of taking power since May 9, with many of those pledges still in the process of implementation.

These include introducing Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for housewives, standardising the monthly minimum wages of employees and abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) - which is expected to be finalised this parliamentary session.

On a supplementary question by Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) over Mahathir's comment previously that the manifesto was only a guide, the latter maintained that the document must not be regarded as a bible that the government are tied to unconditionally.

"When we tried to implement some of the promises, we found many restrictions including certain old laws under the BN government and civil servants were not clean.

"If we have sinned (by not sticking to our manifesto), then we will responsible. But we will not consider the manifesto a bible," he said.

On a question of oil royalties to oil-producing states in the country, Mahathir maintained that they would be given 20% of the royalty on the condition that they are only used for the development of the states and not abused for party matters.

"This is not just for Kelantan and Terengganu, but all states that produce oil, based on the profit earned," he said.

Later when asked by reporters at the Parliament lobby on the matter, Mahathir said: "Yes, everyone will get 20% of profit from their area. If the area produces small profit, then they will get based on that. But it is from the profit, not a cost item."