SIBU: The BN manifesto has been described as the will of the people since it addresses their wants and needs while promising more development to benefit all strata of society.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak unveiled the manifesto themed ‘People First’ at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil on Saturday, which also pledged more development for Sabah and Sarawak.
The 32-page manifesto contained more than 150 commitments, most of them for specific projects and programmes.
Among its highlights are preserving nature’s resources such as revitalising rivers and streams which Tarat assemblyman and State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn said “it shows the serious concern for future generations and the global society by BN.”
PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah gave the thumbs-up to the manifesto, saying it was both people and development centred.
“The manifesto is very people-friendly, focussed and reflects what Datuk Seri Najib has been advocating the last four years as prime minister – people first, performance now.
“I can see that the manifesto is all encompassing and will benefit all states, all levels of society, all races, and believers of all religions, the youth, women …I am very happy to see this manifesto which is people and development-oriented, far-sighted and achievable…unlike the opposition’s manifesto which I see is very much ‘sugar coated’ and meant to entice voters,” he noted.
Making comparison, Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said the opposition had many big ‘promises’ like lowering fuel prices, free higher education for all, increasing oil royalties for oil producing states, abolishing tolls and so on which he claimed to be both impractical and unachievable as it would impose heavy burden on the government and people.
“I hope with the revelation of the manifesto, the people could make a study and analyse for themselves who they want to vote,”
Meanwhile, Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie echoed Abdul Karim’s view, saying that it was realistic and practical.
“It benefits all strata of the society as nobody is left out in development; this is most appropriate and visionary,” said Abu Seman, who is a political secretary to the chief minister.