SHAH ALAM: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has come up with a “ridiculous” and “populist” manifesto, aimed solely at raking in votes in the upcoming 14th General Election, said political analysts.
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) political and international studies senior lecturer Md Shukri Shuib, questioned if the opposition pact had taken into consideration the country’s current economic status in drafting the manifesto.
“This is a ridiculous manifesto with plans to abolish the goods and services tax (GST) and control price of goods.
“Have they not considered the current situation of the global economy? Almost every country has come up with measures to increase revenue. This includes Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
“ GST should not be seen as a political instrument. GST is not a political vehicle to gain voters. It is an economic move to bring in revenue for the benefit of the nation and people.
“The ruling government did not merely implement GST, but has also offered tax exemptions and subsidies to ease the public’s burden,” he told the NSTP today.
On Pakatan Harapan’s plan to return Sabah and Sarawak’s status as per the Malaysia Declaration 1963, Shukri said all states are equal, hence there was no need to revisit the declaration.
This proves that the opposition pact aims to disunite Malaysians in order to gain power, he said.
“Pakatan Harapan is irresponsible and unfit to run the government. Their manifesto cannot contribute to the betterment of the nation and public.
“Besides, should they come into power, they should first study the current needs of the government, country and people. Not jump the gun into implementing 10 matters within 100 days.
“Barisan Nasional is fit to be the government as it never promises anything beyond their capability. The BN government knows the people’s needs and implements measures according to the current economic situation, thus benefitting all parties.”
Universiti Malaya political analyst Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the “populist manifesto” lacks implementation strategies, and was thus merely aimed at gaining voters.
“Take the opposition’s plan to control the increase in the price of goods and things, for instance. This depends on supply and demand and is not solely a political decision.
“Fuel price on the other hand depends on global fuel prices and is not something that can be controlled domestically.
“Pakatan Harapan is basically recycling issues in the hope of gaining popularity among the people,” he added.