Many Malaysians are not happy with the current state of their country. The opposition, Pakatan Harapan seems like they have a good chance to win this coming election.
These are some of the changes we Malaysians expect after Pakatan Harapan takes over Putrajaya.
1. Abolish GST (goods and services tax)
Pakatan Harapan has pledged that they will abolish GST in the first 100 days in office. The GST that was introduced in 2015 is currently a burden for many Malaysians. This move would help reduce the cost of living of many Malaysians.
2. Subsiding Petrol for smaller CC cars and motorcycles
Recently the fuel prices in Malaysia is very volatile as the prices keeps changing on a weekly basis. Under the Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, they promised that there will be fuel subsidies for motorcycles with an engine under 125cc and cars with an engine of under 1,300cc.
3. To ease the burden of PTPTN loan borrowers
Pakatan Harapan has also promised that when they are in power, they would ease the burden of PTPTN loan borrowers by deferring their payments if the borrower earns less than RM4,000 a month.
If they are in power, they also proposed to remove PTPTN’s blacklisting policy in which defaulters cannot renew their passports and they are barred from leaving the country without settling their current debts.
4. To have stricter rules on corruption
In the Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, they have madea vow to make Malaysia among the top 10 cleanest countries in the world by the year 2030.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also said that he will go after ”all corrupted individual” in the first 100 days in office. He also wants to reform the current political funding system and any donations should be given to political parties and not individuals themselves.
Contribution from any one source should be limited to RM200,000 anally and political parties must submit a yearly audit to prevent any sort of corruption.
5. Making tertiary education in public university free
Pakatan Harapan also promised that tertiary education will be free for everyone within 10 years if they manage to take control of Putrajaya in this coming election.
The opposition pact made the pledge that they would conduct a full audit and study on the cost, wastage and corruption factors in all public universities.
6. To investigate 1MDB, FELDA, MARA and Tabung Haji scandal
Many of these recently scandal were left unanswered. Pakatan Harapan vows that there would be an independent task force established to probe 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), and Tabung Haji further.
7. Standardizing monthly minimum wage all across the country
Currently the minimum wage in Peninsular Malaysia is RM1,000, meanwhile the minimum wage in Sabah and Sarawak is RM920.
Pakatan Harapan has promised not only to just standardize the minimum wage rates but also to increase the rate of minimum wages of employees in Malaysia
8. Abolishing tolls in Malaysia by stages depending on the existing contract
Tolls will be abolished in stages if Pakatan Harapan manages to win Putrajaya in this coming election, depending on the concession terms of the contracts.
Currently the toll prices in Malaysia are a burden to many Malaysian who are commuting to and from work.