JOHOR BAHRU (April 6): All candidates from the four parties that make up Pakatan Harapan (PH) will contest the 14th general election (GE14) under the PKR banner and logo.
PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who announced this at a ceramah in Pasir Gudang tonight, said the opposition pact made the decision as they could not contest using the PH logo and also because Parti Peribumi Bersatu Malaysia has been deregistered.
“(Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) thought by disregistering Parti Pribumi Bersatu very near to the election, our campaign would be in disarray. Let me tell you that with every manoeuvre that Najib does, we have already planned a counter-action,” Mahathir told a crowd of about 10,000 people.
Also attending the event was PKR’s president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP’s adviser Lim Kit Siang, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Johor chairman Liew Chin Tong, as well as Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.
At the event, PH also unveiled its manifesto for Johor featuring 20 promises which it says would be fulfilled within 100 days (or five years in some cases) of forming the state government in the southern state.
The bottom 40% (B40) income earners is seen as the biggest winner should PH come to power in the state.
Within 100 days of forming the state government, PH promises to provide 10 cubic metres of water for free for the B40 group in the state. The coalition also promised to provide ‘Kad Sihat Johor’ health card worth RM500 per year for the B40 in the state.
Besides that, students from the B40 families who managed to further their studies to tertiary level would be provided with a RM1,000 one-off incentive.
Other promises which PH has proposed to fulfil in the first 100 days if it wins the state include :
> Abolishing ‘Kuota Menegak Kerajaan’ in the distribution of Johor Affordable Housing Programme units
> Introducing Old Age Takaful Scheme, whereby the next of kin would benefit from RM1,000 assistance upon the demise of the policy holders
> Providing free marriage course
> Offering exemption for local government hawker licences
> Providing a discount of 50% on all outstanding payments for tenants of public housing programmes
PH also promised that the Menteri Besar appointed would only be allowed to hold the post for two terms, and that all government contracts will be tendered out via open tenders.
Meanwhile, within five years of forming the Johor state government, PH pledged to create 200,000 high-skilled jobs, and reintroduce the Johor Scholarship for first diploma and degree programme for Johoreans.
A state-run university focusing on high technology and modern agriculture would also be established, said PH.
In addition, the coalitiuon promised to build 100,000 units of affordable housing units priced at RM42,000, RM80,000 and RM150,000 within five years of forming state government. A rent-to-own scheme for the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme would also be introduced.
Other five-year promises pledged by PH for Johor include :
> Providing sites for private Islamic schools and national-type Chinese and Tamil schools
> Turning Johor into the country’s food basket
> Providing 99-year leases for Kampung Melayu, Kampung Tradisi, Kampung Tersusun and Kampung Baru Cina
> Upgrading the network and quality of public transport, focusing on buses, school buses and taxi
PH also pledged to introduced an economic corridor in the northern region of the state called “Northern Johor Development Region”, which would be turned into a hub for education, furniture industry, modern agriculture, agro-based industries, and eco and agro-tourism.