PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today acknowledged that its manifesto is no match for Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) but says this is because it is more responsible and realistic.
Although he admitted that PH’s manifesto had better promises than BN’s, he said PH’s was just a populist declaration which could bankrupt the government.
“I do not want to lie to the people. Yes, maybe my manifesto is not as great as PH’s because I can’t give everything for free.
“Of course, everyone wants everything to be free. No one wants to pay taxes, but that is not how the world works.
“You can’t lie to us, saying you will get rid of taxes and you will give back so much.
“There are only two outcomes to this: one, you will bankrupt the government, or secondly, you are lying,” he said in an interview on MetroTV today.
Khairy said PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself had said it was not feasible to fulfil all the promises in the manifesto.
“The promise of free EPL coverage itself would cost hundreds of millions to secure the rights.
“The same goes for free education and the abolition of tolls in the country. When we add it all up, it will cost hundreds of billions of ringgit.”
Khairy said he knew many would vote based on emotions, but urged them to vote using their minds instead.
“Can these promises be fulfilled?”
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