PUTRAJAYA, Dec 8 – There is no harm in backtracking from initial pledges and promises because even angels make mistakes, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister said sometimes people make mistakes in their decisions and backtrack when they realise it is wiser to do so.
“Sometimes we go the wrong way and we have to turn around, but only if necessary. We are not perfect people. Even angels make mistakes. So when angels make mistakes, they turn around,” he said.
Dr Mahathir was responding to questions about Pakatan Harapan’s marred image following several decisions that have been overturned recently, such as the suspension of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN)’s Income-Contingent Loan Repayment (ICLR), which was supposed to take effect on Jan 1.
Dr Mahathir was speaking to reporters during a press conference held after Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting at Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s headquarters in Menara Yayasan Selangor on Saturday (Dec 8).
Commenting further on the suspension of the ICLR, Dr Mahathir said that the government’s decision came about following public outcry on the Education Ministry’s plans to have monthly loan instalments deducted from the salaries of PTPTN borrowers.
“There were many opinions from many people. Prior to the announcement, they didn’t express their opinion. So when we announced it (ICLR), many people weren’t happy.
“If we were to ask the opinions of the 33 million Malaysians, it would be quite a challenge. So, if they react negatively, we take that into consideration,” he said, adding that a decision over the matter should be announced soon.
The 93-year-old premier also maintained that a Cabinet reshuffle would not take place in the near future.
“Sorry, no Cabinet reshuffle. So, no chance for it,” he added.