Elected representatives should not change their principles: Tun M
Published on: Sunday, August 02, 2020
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PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) has chided elected representatives who switch allegiances and said they should not renege on promises made at the general election and honour the people’s trust.

“The problem in our country, after the people have chosen the government, there is a method that can be used to deny the people’s choice. This should not be done because we made promises to the people, and the people supported us based on the promises,” he said at a public forum, Saturday, as reported by FMT.

Mahathir made his remarks while answering questions during the forum on events in Sabah, where some assembly members had switched to backing an attempt by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to force the collapse of the Warisan-run government.

Mahathir said that Malaysia is a democratic country and the people had the right to choose a government. Politicians should honour the people’s right to choose, he said.

Elected representatives should not change their principles, even if the party he joined had changed direction from the party’s original goal. “They should remain true to their principles, not to the party,” he said. “We can leave the party if it deviates.”

“When sweet promises are made by others, we sometimes forget the promises we made to the people. This is not good for a democratic country when we ignore promises to the people,” he said.


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