KUCHING: Promises once solemnly and seriously made must be kept, just like written agreements, said a political observer Datuk Peter Minos.
“If promises are not kept and not honoured, why make them in the first place?
“Only people with bad intention make promises which they know are false and impossible to keep,” he said when commenting on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comment that Pakatan Harapan (PH) is a victim of its own manifesto as not all the promises in the 14th general election could be fulfilled.
“In life, we make many promises which we must honour. All of us promise to defend Malaysia if attacked by foreign forces.
“We promise to honour and respect our parents and parents promise to look after their children to the best they can.
“If such solemn promises are not taken seriously and broken at will, then life is meaningless and worthless,” said Minos.
Thus, he said if a political party made promises and won because of those promises, the political party must fully honour its promises.
If not, that political party is not to be trusted and not to be respected, he said.
“It does not deserve to be trusted anymore, much less to be voted in again to govern.”
Minos added that broken promises mean broken trust, broken hope and lost integrity.