Christmas comes early this year, does it not? Going by the rate caretaker prime minister Najib Razak is dishing out money as if he was playing monopoly board game, everyone wishes general election is an annual event. I’m willing to bet all my money that Najib could become the next President of the United States hands down with his latest revelation – BN Manifesto or rather Moneyfesto – if he uses the same manifesto to run for his presidency as the 45th President of the United States.
Ever since the BN Manifesto’s announcement, many were shaking their heads in disbelief – how could English-educated caretaker PM Najib blatantly copied opposition Pakatan Rakyat’s Manifesto revealed earlier? Actually, one should not be surprised as it was expected, since Najib was known as not only good in lying but also has great copying skills. Didn’t FinanceTwitter write how he copied former US President Ronald Reagan’s 1980 speech, copied former US President George W. Bush’s war campaign and even copied President Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, as if he was running for US presidency?
The fact is opposition Pakatan Rakyat’s Manifesto was so good and too attractive to be ignored hence the decision to copy it – using different flowerish wordings, of course. What – you actually thought Najib did all his college homework and didn’t pay to copy others hard work? So, you shouldn’t scream till foam at mouth about BN Manifesto ripping contents from PR Manifesto. If you wish to, blame it on PR for doing such a fantastic job with their manifesto. Only luxury and branded products attract counterfeit, hence the abundance of cheap Louis Vuitton (LV), Prada, Breitling, Rolex and whatnot along Petaling Street. Pakatan Rakyat should be proud that their luxury product attracts the attention of Najib’s camp. Furthermore people don’t call Najib as “Ah Cheap Gor” for nothing, right?
If you insist, here are the pirated copies of BN Moneyfesto (*yawn*). One of the biggest attractions in PR Manifesto was perhaps the lowering of car prices by reducing the excise duties (75% to 105%) and subsequently abolish it within 5-year period. That’s roughly 15% to 20% in “yearly excise duties” reduction – a brand new Honda Civic can be owned with a price-tag of below RM70,000. Najib’s manifesto meanwhile promises a gradual car price reduction by 20% – 30% only – without mentioning about the key item, excise duties. Obviously, Mahathir will not allow his pet project, Proton, to graduate but rather to breast-feed it forever, at the expense of average Joe and Jane’s hard earned money.
Not to be outdone, Najib seemed to be plucking the number from the sky when he promises 1,000,000 (that’s 1 million, dude) new affordable homes, dwarfing PR’s suggested 150,000 affordable homes in their manifesto. That was an awesome and unbelievable figures but as long as Najib doesn’t have to give details justification on how the 1 million new homes can be achieved, who cares whether it was 1 million or 100 million, right? To be fair, none from BN nor PR attempts to solve the main problem of escalating home prices – excessive speculation by buyers and developers.
PR Manifesto promises 1 million new job by sending away foreign labours. BN meanwhile plans to keep the estimated 3.1 million documented illegal and legal immigrants (read:phantom voters) in the country. Instead BN promises to create a whopping 3.3 million new jobs by attracting RM1.3 trillion of investments. To add icing to the cake, 2 million will be in high income sectors. On paper, it seems BN wins hands down but since the target of becoming high income nation is still 7 years away, it would be foolish not to over promise. And how does Najib plans to push this country into high income territory? The answer – increase the already bloated public servants’ salary every year during the annual budget presentation, never mind the country has more than RM500 billion in debt already.
Despite successfully recouping its RM6 billion building PLUS highway with a staggering RM24.3 billion in toll collections since 1988, Najib plans to keep the cash-cow while PR promises to abolish the toll collections. If that was not enough, BN Manifesto promises to build more highways – building a 2,300km Pan Borneo Highway from Sematan in Sarawak to Serudung in Sabah and extending the East Coast Highway and building a new West Coast Highway. There’s no free lunch in BN’s vocabulary so expect to continue paying tolls for many generations to come.
Knowing that rampant corruptions is one of the factors voters shying away from BN, Najib decided to insult peoples intelligence (once again) with promise to empower the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission by establishing a Service Commission to oversee the MACC’s recruitment and service issues. PR, on the other hand promised a total reform to institutions such as Judiciary, Attorney General’s chambers, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission and the police force since all these entities are currently under the control of politicians (read: Najib administration). Without freeing up these institutions from the executive pillar, BN Manifesto is as good as telling your cat not to eat fish.
The main carrot from BN Manifesto is of course the undisputed popular BR1M cash give-away. Who in their right mind doesn’t want cash, right? Hence, Uncle Santa Najib promises an annual affair as far as BR1M is concerned. He even up the ante with promise to increase the RM500 cash gradually to RM1,200 during the next 5 years. Actually the concept of giving money to peoples was initiated by Penang Government under Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng after PR captured the state post 2008 general election. Although the quantum was small, the effect was fabulous. Some of the old and poor who received it from Guan Eng cried not because of the amount of money given, but rather because they were so touched by the gesture since they’ve never receive a single cent from BN since independence.
Thereafter, Najib administration copied the highly popular initiative in order to push the caretaker prime minister’s popularity. BR1M is just like Viagra to help those suffering from impotence, so Najib needs to continuously give BR1M dosage to maintain his popularity. Just like over-use of Viagra, too much BR1M could have its side effects too. Najib may think all Viagra recipients should vote for him since he solves their erectile dysfunction problem. However some people are already thinking how could BN manage the piggy bank. Based on IRD (Inland Revenue Board) approval for 6.14 million eligible recipients of BR1M 2.0, a mind-boggling RM7.3 billion is needed every year to pay RM1,200 for BR1M version x.0 as trumpeted by Najib.
PR Manifesto promises to lower electricity, water and fuel prices. It also plans to abolish the highly controversial AES and revoke all AES summonses. Abolishing monopolies, PTPTN and providing free education were some other initiatives. They also plan to recognise the long overdue UEC (Unified Examination Certificate). Najib didn’t address any of the above. It is safe to conclude that while Najib’s BN Manifesto was mainly targeting short-term goodies, PR Manifesto was drafted for a long-term solution. Many agreed that while PR’s ultimate objective was to teach people how to fish, BN does not plan to do so. BN can only survive if people continues to depend on it to give them fish. If you do not understand this, chances are you may be one of the BR1M recipients. Najib’s simple way of throwing money for votes is simply overkill.
But wait a minute – didn’t Najib administration scream till its face turn blue that PR Manifesto would bankrupt the country (*grin*). Now that Najib’s BN Manifesto copied most of the initiatives presented in the PR Manifesto, does that means BN agreed that PR’s suggestions are workable? Either that or BN is bankrupting the nation as well. And why on earth does genius Einstein Mahathir claimed that BN Manifesto was superior than PR’s stupid Manifesto? It’s puzzling why PR Manifesto was stupid while BN Manifesto was genius when the latter actually copied it from the former. Considering this coming from a trembling old man who would lost everything if the opposition wins the election, you have to take whatever he said with a pinch of salt.
Seriously, there’re some hidden messages with BN Manifesto if you look hard enough. It says it plans to establish a more broad-based tax system, and gradually reducing personal and corporation tax. Do you really need to be a rocket scientist to see this is the final warning that GST (Government Service Tax) is coming? It also promises to develop a national system to provide all Malaysians with access to quality healthcare. What this means is the secret project of “1Care Healthcare Tax” whereby everyone is required to pay up to 10% of his / her total monthly income, is coming soon should BN is returned to power. Don’t say we never warned you that GST and 1Care Healthcare Tax alone would wipe out your RM1,200 BR1M before you can even say “WTF”.
The mind-boggling question – if BN can deliver all those stuffs declared in the manifesto, why it didn’t do it all these years, after more than 50 years in power?
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