A simple suggestion for Dr M to keep his promises

Singapore’s “favourite” politician Dr M seems to have some trouble with promises.

According to Malaysiakini, Dr M apparently admitted that his coalition, Pakatan Harapan (PH), made some of its campaign promises without expecting that it would win the general election on May 9.

One example Dr M cited was PH’s promise to make the position of opposition leader equivalent to that of a minister. He said that the promise was made with the expectation that PH would remain as the opposition, adding that “we won and now it feels uncomfortable to give the opposition leader an equal rank to a minister”.

Dr M acknowledged that breaking one’s promises is not good, noting that if PH fails to deliver on its promises, it may be defeated in the next general election.

As a “good neighbour”, we Singaporeans have a simple suggestion for our old uncle living up north.

Since Dr M now wants to start fulfilling his promises, he can start with the lowest hanging fruits: Singapore’s agreements with Malaysia on water and the HSR. He basically needs to do nothing in order to keep these two “promises”.

Just stop threatening to change the terms of those contracts, carry on with the status quo, and let the relevant parties fulfill their obligations – be it in terms of selling raw water to us and buying treated water from us at the previously agreed prices, or simply going ahead with the plan to build the HSR.

See Dr M, it is so easy to keep your promises. You just lepak can already. No need to talk cock sing song, no need for any extra effort whatsoever.

The people who work to fulfill your promises will do so if you don’t interfere so often.

Flipping roti prata may look stylo milo when you are at a restaurant waiting for good food. But when you are a citizen waiting for good policies and politics, that is definitely not what you will be looking for.

You may also be surprised later at how beneficial these “promises” can be too.

After all, Singapore is now selling treated water to Johor at a big discount (50 sens per thousand gallons) when it cost us many times more to treat it (RM2.40 per thousand gallons). The HSR will also facilitate more trade and business, not only between Malaysia and Singapore, but also within Malaysia itself.

If this doesn’t sound shiok to you, we really don’t know what else would.