‘Buku Jingga’ book of empty promises — SUPP Youth
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth Central yesterday described Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) ‘Buku Jingga’ as a “book of empty promises and a propaganda exercise” by the opposition to fish for votes.
That being their view, SUPP Youth chief Tan Kai urged the people to be wary of the book and properly evaluate its contents.
He cited the promise made in the book that the income of all households would be increased to a minimum of RM4,000 per month within four years after PR takes over the government as something too good to believe.
To fulfil this promise, he said, a sum of RM93.9 billion is required to be distributed to 3.8 million low-income households with an average distribution of RM2,045 per household.
“The ‘Buku Jingga’ is nothing more than a book of empty promises and mere propaganda exercise (by the opposition) to fish for votes.
“And if put into effect it will bankrupt our beloved country in two years,” he told a press conference at SUPP headquarters.
At the conference was also Youth secretary-general Wilfred Yap.
He said the country would face a similar fate as Greece, if PR was to govern the country and implement the ‘Buku Jingga’ due to high public debt and expenditure.
He added that based on the analysis by Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and Ministry of Finance, if the promises made by PR in Buku Jingga were carried out, the country would incur or be saddled with a budget deficit of 27.5 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during its first year of implementation.
Tan Kai also said the book did not mention Chinese education, meaning Chinese education would not be looked after if the opposition were to govern the country
Similarly, the book was silent about ‘hudud’ law although PAS leader Datuk Abdul Nik Aziz had recently met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to seek consent that the law be implemented.
Another contentious issue, he noted, was when PKR and DAP criticised the Kedah state government for not following the guidelines in the book
“There is no synchronisation at all by the PR as far as Buku Jingga is concerned …. one party will say one thing and the other party will say different thing,” he said.