PUTRAJAYA – The opposition’s promise to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) if they win in the 14th general election (GE14) has been dismissed as mere rhetoric without explaining the measures they would take to balance the budget deficit and government projects financing.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the people would want Pakatan Harapan (opposition coalition) to explain ways to cover the ‘hole’ in government income.
“It’s easy to talk but there’s a ‘hole’ there, so how are they going to close it? Hence, they need to explain to the people,” he told reporters when met at an Aidilfitri celebration hosted by the Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (TERAJU), here, today.
Abdul Rahman, who is also an UMNO Supreme Council member and Barisan Nasional strategic communications director, was commenting on Pakatan Harapan’s seven promises to be fulfilled within 100 days after they form the government if they win in GE14, including abolishing the GST and stabilising the oil price.
Yesterday, Pakatan Harapan announced their top leadership line-up, with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as de facto leader and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as president.
On the Pakatan Harapan leadership which appeared to him as being steered by three captains, Abdul Rahman said they needed to prove that they could reach consensus or make an official stand, as a party, on national issues.
“During Dr Mahathir’s time as (UMNO) president , the party was also in turmoil as the number two wanted to fight him. What more now with three captains in one party, it doesn’t make sense to me.
“What will happen is that personal interest will be above party interest and this will destabilise the government they form and giving a very bad impact on the people and nation,” he said.
Abdul Rahman said Pakatan Harapan leaders were always seen as having differing opinions on national issues which were important to the people.
He cited the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), with some opposition leaders wanting the aid to be scrapped, while others viewed it as a good measure to help the people.
Abdul Rahman said he would also like to know whether Pakatan Harapan leaders shared Dr Mahathir’s stand of disagreeing to the repeal of the Internal Security Act.
However, he said he was happy to see the opposition parties in a pact and wanted to know their official stand on issues, to make it easier for BN to question their decisions. – BERNAMA