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By Mahathir Mohd Rais

When the campaign for GE15 was ongoing, promises and manifestos were thrown out by all political parties to convince the Malaysian voters, to vote for their respective parties.
These promises exist in the form of hope for our citizens, as the livelihood of our people for the past few years has been hard and challenging due to the unforeseen pandemic that hit the world late 2019.
Since it has been decided, the current government that is ruling over Malaysia is a coalition government. The coalition has raised numerous concerns for the people of this nation as it begs the question, which party’s manifesto are the government going to adhere to and how can they deal with manifestos that are colliding with one another?
Even though some people might cut some slack and say that the current government has only started their reign over us, I believe that we must readdress and remind the government about the issues that is causing so much suffering to the people of our country. Actions must be taken as soon as possible to ensure that the livelihood of the people could be salvaged, considering the damaging times that they have been through. 
The government should consider re-establishing the current education system into a newer, more consistent one to ensure that the delivery of education to the learners of our nation stays at a high level.
Malaysia has been a controversial playground in terms of racial and financial injustices when it comes to education.
Most individuals are filling in the university seats without being thoroughly checked in terms of their backgrounds. This is devastating as it stops the opportunity of those who are in need to continue their tertiary education and get a chance at getting a stable job with better pay.
The primary and secondary syllabuses are debatable topics, in terms of the evaluation process of the skills and knowledge acquired. Ever since UPSR and PT3 are demolished, there has lack of engagement regarding the future of our younger students. What are the measures that would qualify them to enter boarding schools? Are these measures fair? Why aren’t these questions answered?
Additionally, the lack of engagement in terms of the financial livelihood of the people might impair the confidence that the people have on the government. The fact that the Budget 2023 is going to be revised by the government is quite concerning as it gives out uncertainty to the people. I truly believe that the people should not have to deal with prolonging what the budget will be like as they will be directly affected by it. The government should certainly give proper answers and directions to their citizens to ensure calmness among businesses and the economic stability of our country. 
There are more questions that could be thrown to the current government regarding their involvement in the livelihood of the people, specifically. Everything has been talks and mere statements, but the real work and action are yet to arrive. As oppositions, we are waiting. The people of this country are too. We are watching and waiting patiently.

About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais (pictured above) is the Information Chief of National Alliance (Perikatan Nasional) Federal Territories. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.

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