It is not just to win hearts of vot­ers in GE14, says An­nuar


BARISAN Na­sional’s manifesto, which will be an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak on April 7, is not meant solely to win the hearts of vot­ers in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa said the manifesto, which was far more su­pe­rior than the op­po­si­tion’s, par­tic­u­larly Pakatan Hara­pan’s, was an of­fer to the peo­ple to plan a brighter fu­ture for Malaysia.

“BN’s manifesto isn’t meant to win the hearts of vot­ers. Our con­cept is to present our plans for the na­tion to the peo­ple.

“If there are those who want to choose Tun (Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad) for a year or two, they can choose Pakatan Hara­pan, but if they want a bet­ter fu­ture, they need to choose BN.”

He was speak­ing af­ter mod­er­at­ing a dis­cus­sion ti­tled “Anda Tanya Kita Jawab” Diskusi Umno-On­line at Me­nara Dato Onn here yes­ter­day.

The dis­cus­sion in­cluded for­mer Selangor menteri be­sar Tan Sri Muham­mad Muham­mad Taib and Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia found­ing mem­ber An­ina Saadudin.

An­nuar was asked to com­ment on an ex­clu­sive re­port by the New Straits Times Press, which stated that BN was ex­pected to launch its manifesto on a grand scale on April 7, in­di­cat­ing that GE14 could be held in late April or early May.

The re­port, quot­ing a source, said the launch was set to be held at Sta­dium Pu­tra in Bukit Jalil, which was a big­ger venue than the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre.

An­nuar de­clined to elab­o­rate on the manifesto.

“The manifesto is un­der the scru­tiny of the (Umno) pres­i­dent (Na­jib, who is also BN chair­man). It wouldn’t be right for me to give hints. We need to be pa­tient.”

On Pakatan Hara­pan’s manifesto, he said the op­po­si­tion’s prom­ises aimed to fish for votes with­out hav­ing any sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the coun­try.

He said if all the points in the op­po­si­tion’s manifesto were to be car­ried out, the coun­try would go bank­rupt.

“Not many peo­ple re­alise this. What Pakatan Hara­pan is say­ing in its manifesto is at­trac­tive, but that is not the way to run a coun­try. We can­not make a pop­ulist manifesto to the ex­tent that it de­stroys the foun­da­tions of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

“A manifesto that doesn’t take into con­sid­er­a­tion a coun­try’s eco­nomic fun­da­men­tals is an ir­re­spon­si­ble manifesto. We can prom­ise any­thing, but the econ­omy has to ex­pand and grow.”

On GE14 can­di­dates, An­nuar said BN had re­solved can­di­date is­sues and was wait­ing for the right time to an­nounce the names.

“The list of can­di­dates is ready, but, usu­ally, we do not an­nounce the can­di­dates be­fore Par­lia­ment is dis­solved.

“In prin­ci­ple, the can­di­dates can al­ready be an­nounced as the names have been con­firmed.

“In the pre­vi­ous elec­tion, we re­leased the names of can­di­dates three days be­fore the an­nounce­ment date, but this time, I think the can­di­dates list can be an­nounced ear­lier as they have all been fi­nalised.”


(From left) PPBM found­ing mem­ber An­ina Saadudin, Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa and for­mer Selangor menteri be­sar Tan Sri Muham­mad Muham­mad Taib at an Um­noOn­line dis­cus­sion in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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