THOSE who attended a youth forum in Petaling Jaya last night were unhappy with how Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former nemesis Lim Kit Siang answered their questions.
They said the Pakatan Harapan chairman and DAP parliamentary leader evaded some questions, while their answers to some were wishy-washy.
“I think Lim (Kit Siang) answered my question, although he was being diplomatic about it. He did say that if a crime happened, it should be investigated,” said Tharmelinggem Pillai, 24, when met at the What Say Youth forum in the Petaling Jaya Community Library last night.
Tharmelinggem had asked Kit Siang if Pakatan Harapan would set up a royal commission of inquiry to investigate Dr Mahathir’s actions when he was prime minister for 22 years.
He, however, was not satisfied with Dr Mahathir’s answer on the use of the Internal Security Act during the Ops Lalang crackdown.
“His reply that police had advised him to use the act… I don’t think he was being very clear on that,” he said.
Tharmelinggem said he had yet to decide on which party to vote for in the next general election.
He will be voting for the first time.
He said Dr Mahathir now in the opposition had forced him to rethink his choice.
“That is why I am here tonight, to speak to Dr Mahathir because I do not like him.”
Jason Wong, 31, said he thought Dr Mahathir did not explain how Pakatan Harapan could change the current system to limit the power of the prime minister.
“He only said there should be minor changes to the system, but how are we going to stop someone from using cash to get what he wants?” said Wong.
Wong said he was frustrated that Dr Mahathir did not explain what he had done to the system that had given ultimate power to the prime minister.
Wong, however, said he still supported PH and believed it could change to Malaysia.
He said Dr Mahathir should reject the Malay supremacy ideology that Umno and Barisan Nasional was used to manipulate low-income Malays.
He said the answers that Dr Mahathir and Lim gave tonight had been repeated to PH supporters lately.
“I am happy with the tough questions thrown tonight, but not the replies.”
He and Dr Mahathir left the venue at 10pm after answering more than a dozen questions from the crowd.