PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak today urged the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to also fulfil promises made in their ceramahs or statements, aside from those in their election manifesto.
He said if PH leaders were brave enough to make promises to voters during ceramahs, they should fulfil them.
“In my opinion, promises made in ceramahs, or statements made, must also be kept. Don’t take advantage and lie to the people who did not read such a thick manifesto,” he said in a Facebook post today.
The Pekan MP cited an example in Dewan Negara today, where Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah had announced that the federal government had no plans to reduce the petrol price to RM1.50.
Amiruddin reportedly said he “had looked where the RM1.50 was mentioned in the PH manifesto, but there is none. I do not know if there are those who, at the height of campaigning, made that promise”.
Najib, who was also the finance minister, said there were many videos taken during the campaign period for the 14th general election (GE14) which showed those who had promised that the petrol price would be reduced to RM1.50 or RM1.70 if PH were to win.
“Yes, it was not explicitly stated in their manifesto for the price to be reduced to RM1.50.
“But even then, promises which were stated in black and white in the manifesto, such as the Kad Sihat Rakyat, returning the 20% royalties (to oil-producing states), and wiping out of Felda’s debt have yet to be kept,” he said.
Najib said PH voters also had another matter to worry about after Amiruddin’s announcement that Putrajaya would remove the bulk subsidies for petrol soon, and replace it with targeted subsidies.
Under the targeted subsidies, only motorcyclists with motorcycles below 125cc, and cars below 1,300cc will get their subsidies in the form of quotas each month.
“This means that some people will no longer be getting subsidies anymore very soon, and the price of petrol will go up,” Najib said.