Thursday, July 18

Government will counter opposition’s manifesto, says Najib

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PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government would fully counter the recently announced opposition pact’s manifesto which was seen as a political gimmick to please the people.

He said the government would explain to the people that the opposition manifesto was something that could not be fulfilled.

“We realise that it (manifesto) cannot be looked at individually but in totality. Soon, we will make a full counter to the manifesto as there are matters where accurate figures are not given,” the prime minister told reporters, here, yesterday.

He was asked to comment on the opposition manifesto which is seen by many quarters as unrealistic.

“For example, they want to reduce electricity and water tariffs and oil price, abolish tolls and give free educaion if they come into power, and at the end of their five-year term see that the average household income reaches RM4,000.

“But they don’t state how they are going to do this, the allocations and the funds to be taken out in order to achieve all this. If the oil price is reduced, it’s not stated by how much.

“So, we see there’s a political gimmick here, only nice for people to hear. When they go to the ground and see a crowd, they will touch on issues they think the crowd like to listen to, and say different things at another location.

“We will counter it (opposition manifesto). There are promises in it that cannot and not possible to be fulfilled because if they try to do that, the country’s economy could collapse,” he said.

Najib said the BN government would also announce its manifesto soon.

“Our manifesto will not be guided by their manifesto as in fact, we will be countering it.

“Our manifesto is what we will be doing in the next five years and what have been done in the last four years, so that the people will realise that when we promise something, we are confident of fulfilling it,” he said.

Earlier, Najib officiated at the opening of the Pahang Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) which was attended by over 15,000 people including Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. — Bernama