GE14: Peoples power triumphs UMNO/BN

It was a historic day. A big congratulations to the people of Malaysia for voting out an authoritarian regime that was in place for more than sixty years.

And you did it so gracefully by exercising your democratic right, without any blood shed, violence or rioting.

This is people’s power at it best and the new leadership is truly a government by the people and for the people.

In essence the rakyat are the kingmakers. But once this euphoria settles down, we at Pakatan Harapan must focus on delivering the promises made in the election manifesto.

This is crucial or we would certainly be voted out by the people in the next general election.

I believe our newly-minted Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has already kick started the process by consulting the King on pardoning former deputy premier, Anwar Ibrahim.

He has also been working around the clock to set-up a new cabinet.

While this massive electoral success was made possible by Dr Mahathir, it cannot be denied that the rakyat voted for us because they were struggling with increasing prices and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which exacerbated their financial struggle.

And so the new government must act fast to remove the GST and look into ways to increase salaries and make a living wage possible for all Malaysians.

This is truly a remarkable time to be alive. My heart swells with pride for fellow Malaysians who voted for change and a better future for themselves and the country.

So let’s work together to deliver our promises to those who placed their trust on us.

Media statement by Charles Santiago in Klang on Saturday, 12th May 2018