Can’t win with empty promises, Khairy tells Umno Youth

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — The future that Barisan Nasional (BN) offers to the people is based on genuine transformation, not a reformation beleaguered with false promises, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said.

He said the future the BN had planned was built upon research and facts and that promises were only made after assessing the government’s financial strength and commitments.

“Unlike the opposition, our government will not gamble with the future of its citizens,” he said in his policy speech at the Umno Youth general assembly 2012 at Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Khairy (picture) said the populist promises of the opposition pact including to abolish tolls, eliminate the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) and to cut fuel and car prices, could bankrupt the country.

“The cost of their promises will top RM200 billion in the first year alone (if they were to rule the country).

“For the opposition, whether the country becomes bankrupt or not, or whether finances are managed properly or otherwise, is of no concern. All that’s important is to seize power,” he said.

In his speech titled “Between Two Futures”, Khairy also touched on problems happening in opposition-led states, including the troubles at Universiti Selangor (Unisel) in Selangor, the issues in “Ladang Rakyat” programme in Kelantan, the issue of Taman Manggis land in Penang and the overseas investment made without the approval of the board of directors in Kedah.

Khairy also rapped the opposition for bringing the culture of anarchy and revolution and their thirsts and pleads for foreign intervention in the upcoming general election.

“So desperate are they that they are willing to invite foreign powers to determine our political destiny,” he said, adding that it also showed that the opposition had no confidence in the people’s wisdom to determine the future.

He also rapped PAS leaders for being quiet when insolent leaders of DAP belittled Islam.

“What manner of coalition is this? They call themselves a ‘Pakatan’ (pact), but rarely are they united,” he said, referring to the disputes among the opposition parties over the candidates for the prime minister’s post should the pact manage to form a government after the general election.

While admitting that there were some weaknesses in BN administration, he said the coalition led by Umno had indeed stepped up in filling the needs of administration, restructured the economy, industrialised the agriculture sector and marked Malaysia’s presence in the world of information technology. — Bernama


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