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PKR slams ‘copycat’ Najib’s manifesto

 | April 9, 2013

Rafizi Ramli says that only 14% are new ideas while 15% have been lifted from the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto.

PETALING JAYA: Only 14% of the promises made in Barisan Nasional’s manifesto or 22 out of 157 are new ideas, said PKR today.

Party strategy director Rafizi Ramli said that 71% of the promises or 112 of it are programmes already being implemented by the government such as the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), the 1Malaysia Clinics and improving public transport system.

“And 15% of its ideas, or 23 of them, are copied from Pakatan Rakyat’s manifesto,” he told a press conference here.

On Saturday, Barisan Nasional chairman Najib Tun Razak unveiled the ruling coalition’s manifesto and promised to fulfill them in five years.

He also urged the voters to choose between him or Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who he alleged had broken his promises to the people.

Rafizi said that among the ideas BN had copied from Pakatan were reducing car prices and dishing out individual taxi permits to drivers.

“Even the promises to build housing for estate workers and affordable housing to be built by a state agency is taken from our manifesto.

“This proves that the ideas in our manifesto are do-able and meet the people’s aspirations,” he said.

On a related matter, Rafizi said Najib’s promise of creating 3.3 million jobs in the next five years is unrealistic.

He based his claims on the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) report that shows that the government only managed to create 300,000 new jobs annually since 2009.

“In order to achieve the 3.3 million new jobs target, the government must create at least 650,000 new jobs annually, which is double the current trend,” said Rafizi.

He added that even if the government manages to up the new job numbers, it did not necessarily mean that the jobs would be taken up by locals.

“Najib did not come up with a plan to reduce dependency on foreigners, unlike in Pakatan’s manifesto,” said Rafizi.

The PKR leader explained that in their manifesto, the three million SPM school drop-outs would be sent for on the job training, to meet the demand for low skilled jobs.

“From there, they can be absorbed into jobs by employers and we can reduce dependency on foreign labour.

“And the RM1,100 minimum wage we promised will make locals attracted to take up the jobs,” he said.

He added that the Pakatan government would also help small and medium enterprises by setting up a facilitation fund worth RM5 billion, to help the industries in the initial stages of the minimum wage policy.

Rafizi said after 56 years of administering the country, BN is no longer able to come up with original ideas to propel Malaysia to greater heights.

“And that’s why Najib copied our ideas as he knew it meets the people’s aspirations. The least he could do is defend his manifesto’s originality, which is of course, coated with our ideas,” he said.

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