JOHOR BAHRU: All the pledges in the Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto are realistic and can be implemented because they are based on the BN government’s capability and competence in taking the country forward, said Johor Bahru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad
He said the BN government was not like the opposition which only knew to claim the country was bankrupt, but did not know the formula to bring the country forward.
According to him, the BN manifesto was drawn out in detail and with knowledge.
“We can predict that income from the goods and services tax (GST) will increase in the future, in line with the country’s economic growth. So we can implement what we promise.
“The opposition cannot see all these benefits, their manifesto cannot be taken seriously. BN can deliver what it promises.
“The opposition talks about replacing the GST with the SST (sales and service tax). It is just about being populist; this is all a drama.
“We (BN) are administering a country here; it is not a drama.
“It is serious and people want a responsible and experienced government,” he told a press conference after attending the 2018 Science and Mathematics Olympiad Competition at SMK Bandar Baru Uda here yesterday.
He was responding to a question by reporters whether the BN manifesto was realistic or otherwise.
Shahrir, who is also Felda chairman, said BN plans to give a re-planting grant of RM7,500 per hectare to Felda settlers and that this would directly eliminate 75 per cent of the debt burden of the group.
“Actually, this facility has been allotted for smallholders (oil palm). Only this time, it has been extended to Felda settlers,” he said.
Shahrir said another promising and high-impact BN promise was the introduction of the universal child care policy that would reduce the burden on young couples to send their children to nurseries (taska).
Meanwhile, asked about the possibility that the opposition would place its “strong men” to contest in the Johor Bahru parliamentary seat, Shahrir said he was standing on his service record and was not worried about the opposition.
“I have served five years, thanks to the voters who had put their trust in me in 2013. I have done my best and I have to be assessed based on what I have done,” he said.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said BN’s pledges were planned through detailed research, involving all parties, including the ministries and took consideration of all matters, including state requirements and the government’s potential.
“The research findings were then submitted to Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (BN strategic communications director) for fine-tuning,” he told reporters after officiating a carnival jointly organised by the Sidma College Sarawak and Rukun Tetangga Kampung Sejingkat Hilir here today.
In sharing a similar view, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan said the pledges in the manifesto were practical and would not harm the country’s economy if they were to be implemented.
“I studied economics. How income is derived is one matter and how wealth is distributed is another important issue,” he said in his speech at a get-together with Bandar Baru Sendayan residents here today.
Meanwhile, Labuan Umno division chief Rozman Isli, who was thrilled that the construction of Labuan bridge was listed in the manifesto, believed that the pledges made were bold but deliverable based on the party’s proven track record.
“It is a comprehensive, inclusive and progressive manifesto that unleashes many good things for Malaysians and the country as a whole. We want voters to look at every single pledge listed for the good of our future,” he told Bernama.
In Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob said various pledges in the manifesto were to improve the nation’s economy and the well-being of the people, while focusing on every state, making it a detailed manifesto.
The announcement on the construction of the East Coast Highway 3 (LPT3), linking Tepoh in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, directly to Kelantan, was also viewed as a plus, especially for those in Terengganu and Kelantan.
Jabi state assemblyman Iskandar Jaafar said the construction of the highway would certainly boost Terengganu’s economic growth, as 75% of the route passed through the state, including Kuala Nerus, Setiu and Besut.
Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron said the announcement on the construction of the Kuala Linggi-Masjid Tanah-Klebang-Telok Mas highway in the state was great news for the people of the state.
“The manifesto took consideration of people from all walks of life, regardless of age, and is seen to be balanced in all respects,” he said at a ceremony to present a one-off incentive of RM300 to People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members. – Bernama