KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced three good news for Malaysians if the Barisan Nasional (BN) is returned the mandate in the 14th general election (GE14) tomorrow.
The Prime Minister announced that youths aged 26 and below will be given tax exemption for year of assessment 2017 and subsequent years with immediate effect.
He said this meant that for income tax already paid by those in the age bracket, it will be refunded to them.
“I know young people need enough money, like for buying cars, renting a house, other expenses, give some to their parents. As a caring government, for the first time in the country’s history, those aged 26 and below need not pay income tax,” he said in a special message that was broadcast live on television stations tonight.
Speaking in front of a wooden house built by his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein in Pekan, Pahang, Najib also announced that occasional public holiday of two consecutive days , on May 14 and 15 (next Monday and Tuesday) will be given. Tun Abdul Razak was also Malaysia’s second prime minister.
For states having Friday and Saturday as the weekend, the public holidays will be on Sunday and Monday (May 13 and 14).
Najib said the holiday was a gesture of appreciation for the efforts of the election machineries not only of the BN but the opposition and the people as a whole.
“Use these two holidays with the family to nurture close family relationships, and make the best Ramadan preparations with your loved ones,” he said to thunderous applause from those present.
The third happy news, Najib announced that no toll payments would be imposed on highway users nationwide for five days in conjunction with the 2018 Aidilfitri, beginning two days before the celebration until its third day.
He said the three announcements, apart from what was announced in the BN’s manifesto prior to this, proved that Malaysia was not a bankrupt or failed state which was a scare tactic often used by the opposition, but on the other hand it is a successful nation.
“We do not need to be saved because Malaysia is a successful nation. As the prime minister, I want the people to live happily … I want all Malaysians to wake up to a happy Malaysia,” he said.
As it was his last message before the end of the GE14 campaign at midnight tonight, Najib called on Malaysians to be confident and believe in the truth of the BN struggle and be together with the party to make Malaysia much greater.
He said GE14 would determine the destiny of the country, hence the people should choose based on their best consideration.
He pointed out that despite receiving many personal attacks, insults and ridiculing, he considered them as tests from God and would continue to champion the people and the country because of the people’s support in the hundreds of areas he visited during the 11 days of campaigning.
“As such, I, Najib Razak, on behalf of the BN candidates with the sincerest and humblest heart, I am asking, I am appealing to the voters without the slightest doubt, with a determined and enlightened heart in GE14, please choose us (BN), a party of proven record and performance, fulfills its promises, the scale is not just any scale, fair and just in nature, vote for BN until we win and prevail, the real party of hope for the future, “he said.
A total of 14,449,200 people out of a total of 14,940,624 registered voters are eligible to vote tomorrow with polling to be held from 8 am to 5 pm. The rest are absentee, postal and early voters. – BERNAMA