PUTRAJAYA, Dec 10 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) may stand a chance of winning GE15 provided the coalition remains free from corruption, said its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir said PH must remember that no good comes from corruption, and that it won the mandate to govern because the coalition is clean.
“I hope that Harapan parties would remember that we are chosen by the people and if our administration is untainted and not greedy, then we will continue to remain in power.
“We won because we fight corruption. That is the people’s aspiration and they gave their votes to us by denying the past ‘cash-is-king’ government a victory,” he said during PH’s charity dinner at Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.
He said PH came into power in May after the general election through the mandate and trust of the people who had trusted the coalition that fought for righteousness.
“When GE15 comes where PH will no longer be led by me, we will still win if we are clean, but if we are dirty, corrupt, it will not matter who is the leader, we will be defeated,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also asked Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to extend some form of financial assistance to the poor as they were getting ‘restless’ of the changes the government was about to bring.
“When we achieve something, we do not immediately reap its benefit until a certain period of time. However, I am confident that Malaysians would feel relief next year after the economy recovered.
“As for the poor, due to the high cost of living, I ask our generous Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng) to help these people who have had their money stolen by the previous administration,” he said.
He said although the PH government does not have much money because it does not ‘steal’, the government will still help as it listens to the peoples’ pleas.
“They have given us their trust, so we must not disappoint them,” he said.
Earlier a total of RM1.66 million in political donations were collected from the public through the sale of tables and another RM1.22 million through bids of photographed Pakatan Harapan leaders tonight.
The most expensive photograph was sold for RM500,000, depicting PH leaders before their first official press conference after being sworn-in.