Malaysia GE13: Najib launches BN manifesto with generous promises
KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Najib Razak offered a slate of generous promises including reducing income tax and car prices, and raising cash handouts for the poor, as his ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) faces its toughest battle yet to return to power.
Launching its election manifesto in a glittering ceremony on Saturday, he also promised to build one million affordable houses, a new highway for Sabah and Sarawak, and to gazette all native land to resolve land disputes with the indigenous people.
The high-speed rail from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore will also be built, he said, adding that the train will stop at Seremban, Malacca, Muar, Batu Pahat and Johor Baru.
“We pledge to keep all our promises, if a mandate is given to the BN,” he said as the leaders of the BN’s 13 parties stood behind him. He promised that these pledges would be fulfilled within the next five years.
Taking a dig at the Pakatan Rakyat, he said the opposition regard manifestos are not promises. “So, we are not calling it a manifesto but akujanji (pledge),” he said.