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There's A Publicly-Initiated Tracker To Monitor The PH Govt's Progress On Its Promises

The non-partisan initiative is led by a team of four youths.

One month since the Pakatan Harapan coalition's victory on 9 May, several individuals have come together to initiate the Harapan Tracker to keep "a watchful eye" on the newly elected government

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According to its Facebook page, the Harapan Tracker is a non-partisan initiative to monitor the government's performance since the conclusion of GE14.

The tracker reported that by their 31st day in office, the PH government has followed through with four of their promises.

Meanwhile, two promises have been broken and 35 out of 288 are in progress, according to the tracker.

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These promises include the 10 PH government's promises to be concluded in the first 100 days in office, the six pillars of promises to be fulfilled in five years, and the promises made in campaign speeches and press conferences, Malaysiakini reported.

The founder of the four-person led initiative, Dennis Kam, revealed that he is "hopeful" of the government's future progress

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He said that, "The group's primary goal for this platform or tool is to allow everyone to see what has or has not been achieved by our government, and to keep them accountable to their promises," Malaysiakini reported.

"Our secondary goal, (but equally important in the long run) is to make democracy work by inspiring people to participate in policy-driven conversations and debate – shifting focus away from gutter politics," he added.

However, Kam advised the government to "move away from being a prime minister's democracy" as he argued that many of the policies being carried out are done so without Parliament's consent

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"Always be open to checks and balances from various institutions – people and civil society, among others – and take criticism and feedback in stride," he advised, according to Malaysiakini.

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The Penang-born pointed out that, "Harapan received only 47.92 percent of the popular vote in GE14, so more than half the people aren't represented here."

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