PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional leaders have described the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto as populist, lacking in details and unaffordable.
Challenging Pakatan to reveal how it intends to pay for these promises, they reminded voters that many of its promises in the 2008 general election remained unfulfilled.
Barisan Nasional youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said that there was no point in Pakatan making promises as it had failed to fulfil the majority of pledges in its last manifesto.
“The Selangor Menteri Besar once said that a manifesto is not a promise’. So, whatever manifesto Pakatan has come up with is not worth the paper it’s printed on,” he posted on Twitter yesterday.
Among others, Pakatan pledged to increase the minimum household income to RM4,000 in its first term in power, remove one million foreigners from the local workforce over five years, raise the minimum wage to RM1,100 and stop the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng.
It also planned to lower fuel prices and electricity tarriffs, cancel the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Shabery Cheek said certain policies in the manifesto such as the RM200 increase in minimum wage would have a negative impact on the economy.
He also pointed out that employers were already having a tough time adjusting their salaries to the current rate of RM900.
Sabah Barisan secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan challenged Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to provide details on how it planned to implement the manifesto.
“They can promise the star and the moon but the one thing that they failed to explain is how they are going to get the money to fund their promises.”
MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong described the manifesto as “just rhetoric and an election gimmick”, adding that the Opposition did not have an economic model to generate sustainable income for it to fulfil its many pledges.
His deputy Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said that the fate of people living in Selangor was proof that the manifesto was just to “fish for votes”.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow challenged the Selangor Government to fulfil its RM100 pledge for single mothers in its last manifesto before talking about a new manifesto.
MIC vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany said that there was nothing new in the manifesto, adding that the pledge of RM4,000 as minimum monthly income had already been addressed by the Prime Minister in his 1Malaysia vision plan a few years ago.
Devamany also called the manifesto a “jittery” reaction to a strong Barisan Nasional.
[Source: The Star Online]