Each coalition brings their distinct visions and promises to the table, vying for the hearts and minds of the electorate
by RADZI RAZAK / pic BERNAMA
LAST week marked a pivotal moment in the Malaysian political landscape as the two main coalitions — Pakatan Harapan (PH), along with their ally Barisan Nasional (BN), as well as their rival Perikatan Nasional (PN) — stood at the forefront to present their manifestos for the highly anticipated state polls on Aug 12.
Each coalition brought their distinct visions and promises to the table, vying for the hearts and minds of the electorate. With the nation’s future at stake, citizens eagerly tuned in to witness the unveiling of these roadmaps, hoping to find the answers to their aspirations and concerns.
With the state polls just around the corner, the electorate now stands at a crucial crossroad, tasked with evaluating the visions put forth by the coalition.
As the nation eagerly awaits the outcomes of these elections, the manifestos serve as guiding lights, illuminating the different paths that lie ahead, ultimately shaping the trajectory of the state’s progress and prosperity.
The Malaysian Reserve takes a look at the promises made by both coalitions for the pivotal state of Selangor.
‘Kita Selangor’ by PH-BN has 5 Key Pledges, 52 Offers
The PH-BN alliance unveiled its visionary “Kita Selangor” manifesto, outlining five transformative commitments aimed at propelling Selangor into a bright and prosperous future under their leadership for the next five years.
The manifesto’s core pillars encompass a superior economy and quality education, fostering high-income job opportunities; elevating religion as a guiding force for dignity and inspiration in Selangor; ensuring efficient and responsive government services; promoting sustainable and comfortable development; and prioritising the welfare of the people, making Selangor a compassionate state that safeguards their interests.
Selangor PH chairman Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari confidently asserted that these pledges are a culmination of Selangor’s remarkable achievements, excellence and prosperity over the past five years.
“The manifesto was carefully drafted by the Unity Team (comprising representatives from PKR, Parti Amanah Negara, DAP and Umno) to further propel Selangor in the five years to come,“ he said during the launch of the manifesto and the introduction of the candidates representing the alliance.
Amirudin, who is also the incumbent Selangor mentri besar (MB), said that under the first pledge, the coalition has prepared 14 offers, among them being 100,000 high-paying job opportunities for the younger generation, making Selangor the main investment destination in South-East Asia by establishing a third port at Pulau Carey through cooperation with the federal government and creating three new townships, namely in Sepang, Sabak Bernam and along the Klang River.
The interim Selangor MB said through the “Insentif Wanita Kita Selangor”, as much as RM1,000 per year will be given to working women to reduce the cost of raising their children.
In addition, he said, the state government will also register and train nannies and provide childcare facilities at state government offices and local authorities (PBT). Also offered is an incentive to provide care facilities at workplaces in the private sector.
“This is to avoid cases of abuse and accidents.
“This incentive is to finance the cost of childcare and education for their children, especially when they have to send their children (to a babysitter) and earn a living for their loved ones,” he said when launching the manifesto entitled “Tawaran Kita Selangor — 5 Tekad Untuk 5 Tahun” in Shah Alam.
A total of 52 programmes are offered in the manifesto under the five categories.
Other offers include giving RM200 book purchase vouchers to youths, offering industrial training opportunities with a payment of RM1,500 per month for 2,000 trainees and creating a Kita Selangor Digital Grant which aims to have 10,000 Kita Selangor Creative Ambassadors, with an allocation of RM5 million for a period of five years.
Under the second pledge, he outlined nine offers including providing fare and cost subsidies for performing haj amounting to RM2,000 for 3,000 first-time pilgrims, increasing the allowance of imams and other mosque staff in stages, as well as increasing allocations for the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Taoist communities for improving the infrastructure of non-Muslim houses of worship.
In terms of providing efficient services, he said the PH-BN alliance has formulated five offers, including fully digitalising government services, helping every business in Selangor to fully switch to a digital system and connecting the state government control centre with all local authorities in order to improve services and responsiveness.
A total of 12 offers were made under the fourth pledge with regard to development, among others being the Kita Selangor housing initiative offering 200,000 units with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and comfortable facilities priced below RM250,000 for Selangorians, as well as financing from banking institutions.
Amirudin said under the same pledge, the alliance would also strengthen the Akademi Merah Kuning with the Selangor football team aiming to become champions of the Malaysia Cup, Sukma Games and Super League by 2025, and the AFC Cup in 2027.
For the 12 offers under the final pledge, Amirudin said the coalition aims to expand the number of programmes under “Iltizam Selangor Penyayang” from 46 to 60, register and train childminders and provide childcare facilities in state government offices as well as those at PBTs, and offer incentives for the provision of care facilities at workplaces in the private sector.
Also offered is the Kita Selangor agriculture incentive of RM1,000 to farmers and padi growers including seeds, fertilisers and better quality insecticides to increase agricultural yields, as well as providing free Selangor Penyayang Ambulance services at all local authorities.
“These five key pledges were not drafted just like that. With the five objectives under the Kita Selangor manifesto, we offer 53 programmes and efforts to make Selangor a major player in the South-East Asian region so that it can become one of the most advanced states in Asia,“ he said.
‘Selangor Baharu, Kita Bangkit’ by PN Offers 112 Promises
Last Friday, PN unveiled its vision for Selangor for the upcoming five years, setting the stage for the upcoming elections.
Themed “Selangor Baharu, Kita Bangkit”, the manifesto was presented by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the coalition’s chair man. Comprising seven core pillars, 25 approaches and 112 offers, the lofty manifesto addresses the pressing concerns of the local populace, such as the soaring cost of living and the state’s sluggish economy.
Under the Fostering Harmonious Community Relations pillar, PN pledges to uphold the Federal and State Constitutions, preserving Islam as the federal religion and recognising the Sultan of Selangor as the head of Islam in the state.
Additionally, they vow to safeguard everyone’s right to practise their respective faith without any discrimination. To promote unity among diverse communities, PN will allocate RM10 million to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for programmes that foster harmonious relationships.
They will also establish special state government agencies, backed by RM50 million, to uplift the socioeconomic status of minority groups, especially the Indian and Orang Asli communities.
To address the rising cost of living and ensure food security at reasonable prices, PN pledges more direct cash aid under the Enhancing Economic Wellbeing pillar.
The coalition commits to introducing the “Bantuan Prihatin Keluarga Selangor”. This initiative, with an annual allocation of RM312 million, will provide RM400 cash aid per month to 65,000 families in need.
PN also promises to uphold clean politics and governance by establishing the Selangor Economic Recovery Action Council consisting of experts.
The council will promote a caring, clean and stable administrative ecosystem. This council will focus on reviving the state’s economy and addressing the cost of living challenges.
Moreover, civil servants in Selangor will receive a two-month special allowance, which could be extended to three months based on the state’s financial situation.
Under the Building a Resilient Economy for the Future pillar, the coalition vows to generate 100,000 high-skilled job opportunities, allocating RM50 million to empower Invest Selangor and facilitate high-value industrial investments.
An additional RM20 million will be directed to expand the export market for high-value-added products and services, including the introduction of the “Buy Selangor Products” initiative on an international scale.
PN also pledges to expedite the development of high-value future industries such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, aerospace and the digital economy, with collaboration from industry players.
PN commits RM50 million to establish childcare centres at workplaces and provide assistance of RM150 per month to 50,000 children from low-income families under the Empowering Women as the Pillar of Society and the State Economy pillar.
Additionally, women who have lost their spouses or are separated will receive RM500 in assistance per month for three months, along with counselling services.
PN proposes a special learning fund of RM2 million annually for students with special education needs. Government schools, including SJK(C) and SJK(T), will receive a Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) fund of RM5,000 per year, totalling RM5 million under the Insan Gemilang Model pillar.
Furthermore, PN plans to introduce the “Selangor Prihatin Anak Sekolah” initiative, providing RM100 school bus fares per month to 20,000 Selangor children in collaboration with existing bus operators.
Under the Ensuring a Sustainable Environment and Infrastructure pillar, PN pledges to provide 20 cu m of free water for households earning below RM15,000 per month.
Moreover, they pledge RM10 million as incentives for NGOs to implement environment-sustainable programmes and another RM10 million for the Sustainable Nature initiative, focusing on cultivating water conservation practices.
“We take this commitment seriously. We don’t make empty promises and to make sure everything is (done) in the offer book, we will form a committee that will observe that everything we say is implemented,” Muhyiddin stressed.
- This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition