SHAH ALAM, Mar 9 – Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) launched its official manifesto for the coming general election,under the title “10 promises in 100 days, to build the nation and fulfill hope”, on Thursday night.
PH chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah told the crowd at the Ideal Convention Centre that the coalition will also be driven by five pillars containing 60 promises to be fulfilled over the next five years.
He said the 200-page document, which took the coalition 15 months to complete, is a practical manifesto to improve and build Malaysia and can be implemented, not a populist, manifesto.
“We are not promising the moon and the stars. The provisions in the manifesto has been successfully implemented in Selangor and Penang and thus can also be successfully implemented nationwide,” said Saifuddin in his speech.
The 10 promises that PH will implement within the first 100 days are:
- Scrap the goods and services tax (GST)
- Have targeted petrol subsidies
- Eliminate Felda settlers’ debts
- Enable housewives to contribute to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF),
- Streamline minimum wages
- Return the status of Sabah and Sarawak according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63)
- Suspend PTPTN higher education fund repayments for those earning below RM4,000
- Have “healthcare” scheme for all
- Open investigations into scandals
- Review mega projects
Saifuddin said the manifesto is aimed at creating a better Malaysia in terms of the economy, race relations, strengthening of government institutions, foreign affairs and good governance, among others.
Also attending the launch of the PH manifesto were PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, as well as other members of the PH presidential council. — PN