In Perak manifesto, Pakatan pledges ‘green’ economy, permanent land ownership

Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders present a united front at the launch of the Perak PH’s manifesto in Ipoh April 10, 2018. — Pictures by Marcus Pheong
Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders present a united front at the launch of the Perak PH’s manifesto in Ipoh April 10, 2018. — Pictures by Marcus Pheong

IPOH, April 11 — Bidding to take Perak in GE14, the Perak Pakatan Harapan (PH) wooed voters with promises of greener economic initiatives focused on fishermen and farmers.

At its launch last night, Perak PH leaders said its manifesto contained five thrusts, including those that focused on enriching the economy for all based on more sustainable measures.

“It took PH more than a year to come up with the offer that touches all level of society and all social focus sector,” Perak PH chairman Ahmad Faizal Azumu told some 1,000 PH supporters at Kinta Riverfront Hotel here.

“These pledges are achievable and we will fulfil our promises if given the mandate to form the state government in Perak,” he added.

One of the key promises made concerned permanent land ownership for the state’s “deserving” Felda settlers, and residents of planned and new villages.

Faizal pledged that the Perak PH state administration would protect Malay reserve land and house ownership quotas for the Bumiputera community.

“We will also protect the customary lands, burial grounds, and tanah rezeki of the Orang Asli,” he said.

The manifesto based on five thrusts, namely welfare and economy, trust and integrity, social justice and democracy, a culture of knowledge and research, and environment and community.

Faizal said Perak PH would implement its 10 focus points within the next one to three years.

Perak PH leaders said its manifesto contained five thrusts, including those that focused on enriching the economy for all based on more sustainable measures.
Perak PH leaders said its manifesto contained five thrusts, including those that focused on enriching the economy for all based on more sustainable measures.

Below are the other key points in the manifesto:

Economic initiatives and welfare

The focus points touch on economic initiatives designed to generate revenue streams, like high-technology fishing and farming programmes and pioneering renewable energy under a “Green Agenda”.

Another focus is to turn Perak into an “Outstanding Entrepreneur State” via micro-credit schemes targeting young entrepreneurs.

“We also want to increase job opportunities and business licences for traders and small town industries,” said Faizal.

He also said that a Perak PH government would also lower water tariff rates and provide special assistance for senior citizens, single mothers, the physically and mentally challenged, army veterans, and police.

“Poor people who need private health service will also receive free healthcare cards,” he added.

Faizal pledged that PH would not increase assessments in the next five years, saying that the people had already suffered through the Goods and Service Tax.

Integrity and trust

To curtail corrupt practices in its administration, a PH government in Perak would require the mentri besar and state executive councillors’ to declare their assets.

It would also ensure all audit certificates of government bodies — including MB Incorporated to be debated in the assembly.

“Projects and commercial land offers will go through an open tender system to ensure transparency. We want the state assembly to be an institution of high integrity,” Faizal said.

Education and research

“This is one of our priorities, because education is the core for the development and excellence of a nation,” said Faizal.

The state PH chairman said the coalition would provide numerous educational incentives, including a special assistance scheme for Perak-born tertiary education students and a scholarship by the mentri besar for degree holders who wish to continue with their studies.

Looking forward, Faizal pledged that PH would create a world-class integrated research centre to help development through collaborations between state agencies and institutes of higher learning.

Special education assistance would also be given to the Sekolah Pondok, tahfiz schools, Sekolah Agama Rendah, SJK(C), SJK(T) and Chinese independent schools.

“We do not believe in rhetoric. These offers are feasible and grounded, and we will ensure they will come to fruition when we run our beloved Perak,” he told the audience in summary.

“There is no time to waste, as the trumpets have already been sounded. It is time for us to rise and bring down Barisan Nasional.”

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