The Borneo Post (Sabah)
PH manifesto ambiguous, ill-conceived – LDP
KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Harapan's (PH) manifesto for the 14th general election (GE14) is ambiguous and ill-conceived, particularly the 60 promises pledged by the opposition coalition.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) organizing secretary Peter Chong said some of the promises made by PH in its manifesto have been implemented by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, while some proposals would lead to negative consequences.
He said the opposition pact's first promise was to scrap the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and replace it with Sales and Service Tax. He pointed out that PH has been inconsistent with its stand on GST for the past few years.
“PH has gone from opposing the tax, to introducing zero-rated GST and now to abolish GST entirely. When will PH make up its mind about GST? If PH plans to replace GST with another form of tax, why had they demonized GST in the first place?” he added.
Chong said PH had come up with the Sales and Services Tax just to differentiate themselves from BN.
Additionally, he said the PH's pledge to stabilize petrol prices was what BN had done in the past.
“PH had previously urged the government to revise the price of petrol to a float system. But once BN has introduced the managed float system, PH now suggests to stabilize petrol prices. It appears that PH is opposing for the sake of opposing.”
He said PH had also promised to increase assistance for the B40 and M40 groups based on their needs, which was exactly what the BN government has been doing.
Chong said the government was the first to introduce the concept of B40 and M40, and to ensure that both groups received the necessary assistance in the annual budget.
“PH is merely replicating BN's effort to help these groups of people.”
Chong said PH has also vowed to continue the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M), which proved that this financial assistance introduced by the BN government truly benefited the people.
“Why has PH listed BR1M in its manifesto given that the opposition coalition had repeatedly criticized the financial aid in the past?”
He said the BN government had already put into motion some of the promises made by PH in its manifesto, including the devolution of power to Sabah and Sarawak, abolish toll in stages and building affordable homes.