Come May 9, 2019 it would be one year since the Pakatan Harapan coalition won the 14th general elections and formed a government. The historic election win witnessed the fall of the Barisan Nasional government who had ruled for decades and had resulted in immense corruption and abuse of power. The Pakatan Harapan coalition is committed to uphold the good governance agenda for Malaysia which was their ticket to winning the elections.

This commitment was inked on its election manifesto in particular Promise 14. Promise 14 states that it would, among others, strengthen anti-corruption efforts and the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) was launched in January 2019. This plan aims at achieving Malaysia’s vision of being a corrupt-free nation by the year 2023.

It has almost been a year since the Pakatan Harapan took over government but delays, U-turns and inaction in realizing these reforms appear commonplace. The civil society role in this new era has become more significant in both political engagement and to become effective watchdogs.

The C4 Center’s pH Litmus Tracker, is a monitoring mechanism that will keep track of the Pakatan Harapan government’s performance over the next year, and serve as a repository of articles and updates on the NACP and the progress or the lack of it on its governance, political and institutional reforms.

It seeks to serve as a reminder for the government to go back to its initial commitments and do the right thing. Most importantly, this tracker is meant to be an interactive platform for public feedback and insights, to move towards the Malaysia we all strive and yearn for. It bears reiterating that public participation is key to keep the government in check. In light of this, we invite members of the public to actively use the tracker and provide feedback that is urgently needed to push the good governance agenda forward.

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