Only 14 Percent of the Umno-BN Manifesto Consists of New Ideas


PETALING JAYA, 9 Apr: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) claims that of the 157 promises features in the Umno-BN manifesto which was launched last Saturday, only 14 percent or 22 promises are new ideas.

PKR Strategy Director, Rafizi Ramli said that 15 percent or 23 promises form the manifesto are ideas taken from the PR manifesto.

Meanwhile, 71 percent are existing programmes or general targets that are in reality, the responsibility of the government.

“After becoming the Federal Government for 56 years, Umno-BN cannot highlight new ideas that can attract the people’s attention, that is why Umno-BN has to plagiarise,” he said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters.

Rafizi added that the act of copying huge policies from PR shows that Umno-BN has finally accepted the fact that the PR Manifesto can be implemented.

Among the policies plagiarised from PR is to lower car prices, grant individual taxi permits, building the people’s homes so as to not be left to private companies and fair assistance to all types of schools.

In similar developments, Rafizi claimed that the Umno-BN manifesto to create 3.3 million new jobs is not realistic.

He said that from 2009 to 2012, Najib frequently promised new jobs while it is apparent in records that the promises were not met.

“If you look in the Economic Planning Unit, statics show that Umno-BN only created an average of 300,000 new jobs since Najib became the Prime Minister,” he said.

Rafizi explained that to create 3.3 new jobs, the Prime Minister, Datiuk Seri Najib Razak needs to add 650,000 jobs per year on average, which is more than three times the amount available.

“The figure is not reasonable, especially when there are no such plans on their part to reduce dependence on foreign workers, as suggested by PR previously.

“In the PR manifesto, PR aims to create an additional one million new jobs by reducing foreign labour and to train SPM graduates to replace them.

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