Pakatan Harapan leaders, who made history on May 9, must ensure that history is made in Malaysia in the next five years to rebuild a New Malaysia with systemic and institutional reforms accompanied by mindset changes

I congratulate the DAP Ministers, Chief Minister and State Executive Councillors for they were all history makers in the political earthquake of May 9, 2018 to achieve a Malaysian Dream which generations of Malaysians had not thought possible to see come true in their lifetime.

Now the hard work has started, for the Pakatan Harapan leaders who made history on May 9 must ensure that history is made in Malaysia in the next five year to rebuild a New Malaysia with systemic and institution reforms accompanied by mindset changes. Otherwise, they will become history!

We must never lose sight that Pakatan Harapan at the Federal and State level, where we are also State Governments, must be always be a government for all Malaysians, regardless of whether they voted for Pakatan Harapan or otherwise – that we must truly serve all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or politics.

We want to build a New Malaysia which is united, democratic, just and progressive.

For a thriving democracy, we must operate in a new political environment and culture where checks and balances are institutionalised in our system of governance.

We just accept as our responsibilty the challenge to promote democratic processes, not only ensuring that there are check-and-balance mechanisms within governing parties but also by the Opposition, the media and the civil society.

We will not harass and persecute the Opposition as we had suffered in the past 52 years, for this will be against our beliefs in a democratic society.

Whether UMNO and the other Barisan Nasional parties which suffered their first national defeat in the 14th General Election can reform themselves to become effective opposition parties is still to be seen, but Pakatan Harapan national and state governments must recognise the role and contribution of Opposition parties and dissent in the country.

In five years’ time, Pakatan Harapan will have to seek a new mandate from the voters – a reminder that time is short for PH national and state governments to prove themselves that we deserve a new mandate in five years’ time and not just to be a one-term national or state government.

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Iskandar Puteri