JOHOR BARU, April 17 — Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) policy chief Dzulkefly Ahmad today said the offers made in its manifesto were successful initiatives that were previously undertaken by the Selangor government.
Reacting to comments that some of the offers in Johor PH’s manifesto were similar to that of Barisan Nasional, Dzulkefly said these were ideas that were used by the Selangor government first.
The offers that he was referring to were the birth savings fund and student assistance initiatives.
“Johor BN’s offer is actually similar to the Tawas incentive that was run by Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor several years ago.
“Through this initiative, Tawas gave RM1,500 to its participants upon reaching 18 years of age.
“It starts with the birth of a baby in Selangor and the concept is the same as the RM50 savings for education for every baby born in Johor as announced by Johor BN,” he said during a media conference at the state PKR headquarters in Bandar Baru Uda here today.
Present during the media conference were Johor PKR deputy chief Jimmy Phua Wee Tse, DAP publicity secretary Wong Shu Qi and Johor Baru PKR branch chief Akmal Nasir.
Dzulkefly, who is also Johor Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy chief, added that the allocation of RM1,000 for Johor students who had succeeded in entering higher learning institutions was similar to the university enrolment gift incentive introduced in Selangor.
“The university enrolment giftsincentive was introduced in Selangor in 2008, after the 12th general election. In the recent BN manifesto, they offered RM1,000 to any Johor child whose family income is below RM3,000 to pursue their studies at a public or private institute of higher learning.
“Prior to this, the Johor government through the Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (YPJ) only provided RM500 for students pursuing a diploma course and RM750 for the first degree only,” he explained.
Dzulkefly also highlighted another BN initiative purportedly taken from the Selangor government which is the first marriage aid for young people in the state.
“We see Johor BN emphasising aid to Orang Muda Johor (OMJ) who will receive RM500 in cash aid for their first marriage.
“In fact, this incentive has long been done by Selangor through their youth wedding programme. The amount is equal to RM500 per person, so we can see that the Opposition initiatives are actually a few steps ahead,” he said.
The recently launched Johor BN manifesto has three targets: To fulfil the requirements and enhance the overall wellbeing of Bangsa Johor; to position Johor as the new southern economic force; and to prepare and catapult Johor as a viable competitor to all, especially Singapore.