It seems that Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor's Chief Minister has come to a dead end when pushed by the question regarding the failure of his government to fulfil the water supply for on free domestic use for first 20 cubic meter each month for the people of Selangor.
His response to the media regarding this issue in a press conference after chairing the state's exco meeting two days ago, he said, 'manisfesto is not promise', that has really caused rage among rakyat of Selangor. It is not too much to for me to say that the statement seems 'suicidal' for both him and his party.
Perhaps Khalid is unaware that a party runs on a few basic elements: 1. Service record, 2. Ideology, 3. Manifesto.
Considering that PR still do not have any service record, and they do not have a concrete ideology, we can then say that PR's win in Selangor was merely from the manifesto which they announced.
People of Selangor came to the extend of rejecting BN back in 2008 GE even though the party has great achievements, just so that they could enjoy 20m worth of free water supply, pre-school aid and a few other things which was stated in PR's manifesto back then.
So, it is a bit sad for rakyat when after 4 years of being in the office, the Cm suddenly admitted that his government should not be responsible to fulfill all of the promises which were stated in the manifesto, because they are not promises.
In other words, the manifesto was just made for fun - it was simply drafted and announced just to gain votes.
If 'manifesto are not promises', then what is it?
According to an online dictionary, manifesto is "the announcement of intention, suggestion and motives or opinion of an individual, group, political party or the government".
Holding on to this definition, rakyat of Selangor had chosen PR with the hope that they would implement all of their intention, suggestion and motives or opinion which they announced.
It is true that not all of the intentions or suggestions can be implemented because sometimes there are a few setbacks. But that should not be an excuse in failing to provide free water supply to people of Selangor. Especially the fact that they had four years to do it. Even if there are setbacks, they should have been able to rectify the issue.
But,the issue here is not about the troubles that are fact by Selangor government to provide free water supply to the state, but this is about the CM of Selangor confirming that his government has never promised to the suggestion, thus, it is not necessary, and it will never be implemented!
With that, rakyat should no longer trust any manifesto made or presented by PR.