Manifesto Bukan Janji.
Several Barisan Nasional leaders have likened the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) manifesto for the general election to “Year End Sale” flyers to garner support of the voters.
The manifesto is said to be rhetorical with its promises of “the moon and the stars”, something that is impossible to turn into reality.
Cheras Umno division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee said the manifesto was part of the speech made by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim during his tour.
“The offer made in the PR manifesto is inefficient, inconsistent, incomprehensive and of no quality to the people.”
The manifesto dominated by the DAP did not protect the interest of the Malays as the majority race and Islam as set out in the constitution, he added.
Meanwhile, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said the manifesto was made to please voters without studying the financial capacity of the country.
“It was drawn up by people with no experience in government. Our economy is planned and guided by experts from various institutions. Anyone can write the manifesto,” he added.
Reminding voters to be cautious with the promises as many made in 2008 have not been fulfilled, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) information chief A. Chandrakumanan said if the high toll was abolished, thousands of people would lose jobs and where would PR get funds for highway maintenance and pay concession companies.
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) lecturer, Assoc Prof Dr Shaharudin Badaruddin said the manifesto did not mention a timeframe for implementation.
“A manifesto must be divided into long and short term. Every promise must have a timeframe for implementation as only then it can convince the voters, ” he said.
Dr Jeniri Amir, senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), said the manifesto is populist, aimed to win over voters by making unrealistic promises.
“The PR manifesto promised to build a highway in Sabah and Sarawak. This is extraordinary. Anyone can make such a promise but making it a reality is difficult,” he said.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer, Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussain said the manifesto was based on perception and public opinion without conducting any analysis.
“Pakatan made new promises while many old promises remain unfulfilled. They promised to reduce fuel prices knowing that crude oil prices are based on world market price,” he said.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) lecturer, Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Samsul Adabi Mamat regarded the manifesto as a ‘political trap.’
“The manifesto is just to garner votes. Bear in mind that states under PR rule have yet to fulfill many promises made to voters in 2008,” he added.
Risda chairman Abd Rahim Tamby Chik said the manifesto has little to excite the voters as PR has a record of not fulfilling promises made.
“In Selangor, promises made in 2008 such as aid for senior citizens, single parents and free water have not been fulfilled,” he said in Kuala Pilah.
Adding to the pool of opinion was Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who regarded the PR manifesto as recycling of old promises.
“Their objective is to attract hardcore voters and the fence sitters,” he said at a function in Bagan Datoh.