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10 promises in 100 days: Malaysia new government’s countdown timer starts now!

Updated May 19, 2018

At the polls on Wednesday (May 9, 2018), the opposition coalition (Pakatan Harapan, PH) had defeated the Barisan Nasional (BN)by having 113 out of 222 parliamentary seats! Again, CONGRATULATION to Tun Dr. Mahathis Mohamad who become our Malaysia Prime Minister!

As a Malaysia citizen, the one I concern (most of the Malaysian too) after the new government formed recently is their election manifesto on March 8, 2018, where they had promised 10 things they hoped to achieve within the first 100 days if they win in the 14th General Election (GE14). You can find and download the complete document on PH website.

PH's 10 promises in 100 days
PH’s 10 promises in 100 days infographic (Image credited to Pakatan Harapan)

Here are the lists of 10 promises. I will keep updating when they fulfill it with black and white. From here, it will show how effective and efficient the new government administration do their jobs, and also how we, as a Malaysia citizen gains benefit from the new policies.

1   Abolish the GST and take steps to reduce the cost of living.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax that oppresses lower income groups. It is a regressive tax that has to be paid even by the poor. The abolishment of GST will reduce the cost of living, increase the purchasing power and allow the people to spend their hard-earned money on other priorities. The government will replace the GST after it has been abolished with a new Sales and Services Tax that is fairer and does not burden the population and businesses.
Update: the government has announced to reduce the GST rate from 6% to 0% on all goods and services supplied effective June 1, 2018.

2  Stabilise the price of petrol and introduce targeted petrol subsidies.

The government will stabilize the price of petrol so that the youth will have more savings. The government will provide targeted petrol subsidies at a suitable monthly rate to those who qualify. This will be targeted to those who use motorcycle below 125cc and car below 1300 cc. A quota will be devised to prevent abuse.

3   Abolish unnecessary debts that have been imposed on FELDA settlers.

Settle these debts as soon as possible becomes one of the goals of the government through appropriate measures, including 50 percent of disposal of existing debt and introduce a non-usury loan scheme.

4   Introduce EPF contribution for housewives

A nominal 2% contributions from their husbands’ EPF will be diverted for this purpose. This will not be burdensome to their husbands. In addition, RM50 monthly will be contributed by the government to the housewives’ EPF scheme. They can make withdrawals in stages to ensure long-term savings. In short, the welfare of mothers will be maintained by the immediate family members (their husbands) until the end of their life.

5   Equalise the minimum wage nationally and start the processes to increase the minimum wage.

The minimum wage will be raised to RM1,500 per month nationwide in the first term of the government, and we will review this rate every 2 years. To reduce the burden on employers, the government will share 50 percent of the due to the rise in minimum wage.

6   Postpone the repayment of PTPTN to all graduates whose salaries are below RM4,000 per month and abolish the blacklisting policy.

The burden of PTPTN loans that graduates have to shoulder today will be reduced by extending the date they have to start repayment. These young people will only be asked to start repayment when their monthly salaries reach RM4,000 per month. Students who performed well in their studies and students from low-income households will be given commensurate discounts or the loan will be forgiven completely.

7   Set up Royal Commissions of Inquiry on 1MDB, FELDA, MARA and Tabung Haji, and to reform the governance of these bodies.

The government will establish Commissions of Inquiry to investigate, separately, the misdeeds in 1MDB, FELDA, MARA and Tabung Haji. The Commissions will also be tasked to recommend appropriate follow-up actions, as well as detailed mechanisms to resolve these mega scandals.

8   Set up a Special Cabinet Committee to properly enforce the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

The government will adhere to the true spirit of the 1963 Malaysian Agreement based on mutually agreed special clauses. The government is committed to restoring Sabah and Sarawak position to their rightful place, in line with the 1963 Malaysia Agreement. This will protect the unity of the Federation.

9   Introduce Skim Peduli Sihat with RM500 worth of funding for the B40 group (whose salary bracket is RM3,855 and below) for basic treatments in registered private clinics.

The government will introduce Skim Peduli Sihat, similar to what was implemented in Selangor, to the rest of the country. The scheme provides RM500 per year for B40 families to visit private clinics for basic treatment (primary care). This will ensure they do not depend only on government hospitals or public health centers that may be far from their homes. It also reduces the workload of government health officers.

10   Initiate a comprehensive review of all megaprojects that have been awarded to foreign countries.

The government will conduct a comprehensive audit forensics so that we can have full information of the real financial situation of the country. This information will be made public.

(The source from Buku Harapan)