First of all, to all the cikgus (teachers as Malaysians call them) out there, Selamat Hari Guru! Every year, Teachers Day is celebrated on 16th May to appreciate the sacrifices of the education fraternity in Malaysia since 1971.
How was your long holiday after the polls? I hope your indelible ink stain on your index finger fades away after a week.
Anyway, back to business. Malaysians, Brace (y)ourselves for a new led by a ‘recycled’ man. Pakatan Harapan officially ousted Najib and Barisan Nasional after 6 decades of the rule since Malaysia’s independence on the 31st of August, 1957.
In case you didn’t know what the pledges spelt out by Pakatan, here are 10 of which it will do within the first 100 days of taking Putrajaya.
- Eliminate the 6% Goods and Service Tax (GST).
- Introduce Targeted Petrol Subsidies.
- FELDA Settlers’ Debt waiver.
- Introduce the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme for Housewives.
- Equalising minimum salary nationwide.
- Deferment of PTPTN (NHEFC) debt repayments for those earning below RM4k.
- Establishing the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate scandals like 1MDB.
- Reinstating the Sabah and Sarawak status.
- Expand the Skim Peduli Sihat, which was first introduced in Selangor. Perhaps, the 1Malaysia Clinic will be rebranded as ‘Klinik Peduli Sihat’ to reflect the current situation.
- Review of mega projects such as the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), the High-Speed Rail (HSR) which spans KL and Singapore.
On top of those, others are:
- Gradual abolition of highway toll charges.
As for Barisan Nasional, the biggest loser, it retained two states, Perlis and Pahang. With the resignation of its chairman cum UMNO President, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, expect more Barisan people jumping ship to Pakatan as widely reported in both traditional media as well as in social media.
Last but not least, tomorrow will be the month of Ramadan. Therefore, I would like to wish my fellow Muslims in Malaysia, Salam Ramadan al-Mubarak. Let us forgive each other.