Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) unveiled its manifesto ahead of the 14th general election (GE14) last night, 8 March
The 60-point election manifesto, dubbed as 'Buku Harapan' (Book of Hope), was launched at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) in Shah Alam.
In line with the theme 'Membina Negara, Memenuhi Harapan' (Rebuilding The Nation, Fulfilling Dreams) the 194-page manifesto expands upon with five main thrusts as PH seeks to win voters through its planned policies and reforms.
These policies and reforms will be implemented in the next five years if PH succeeds in taking over from Barisan Nasional (BN) as the federal government in GE14.
PH's '10 Janji 100 Hari' (10 Promises in 100 Days) is the coalition's pledge that outlines what it sets to do once it is voted into government
1. To abolish Goods and Services Tax (GST)
On top of abolishing GST, PH has pledged to reduce the cost of living with various "peduli rakyat" initiatives to ensure that the people's well-being is taken care of.
2. To reintroduce fuel subsidies
PH has pledged to stabilise oil prices and reintroduce fuel subsidies to targeted groups.
The Buku Harapan manifesto has revealed that there will be fuel subsidies for motorcycles with an engine of under 125cc and cars with an engine of under 1,300cc.
3. To eliminate unnecessary debts that were forced on FELDA settlers
4. To introduce the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for housewives
5. To standardise the monthly minimum wages of employees across the whole country
PH has also promised to not just standardise the rates, but also increase the rate of minimum wages.
In 2016, the minimum wage in Peninsular Malaysia was increased to RM1,000. Meanwhile, the minimum wage was increased to RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan that same year.
6. To ease the burden of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan borrowers
7. To set up a Royal Commissions of Inquiry into scandal-ridden institutions
PH said that this independent task force will be established to probe 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), and Tabung Haji, and to reorganise their leadership structure.
8. To restore Sabah and Sarawak's autonomous rights, as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63)
9. To introduce 'Skim Peduli Sihat'
Through this scheme, RM500 worth of monetary assistance will be granted to the B40 class (Malaysian households earning RM3,900 a month or less) for them to have access to healthcare services at registered private medical institutions.
10. To review all mega projects
PH has pledged to launch detailed studies on mega projects that have been awarded to foreign countries.
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