Hornbill Unleashed

June 23, 2017

Report shows more air than substance to BN, PKR election promises in Perak, Selangor

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Kuasa chief executive Praba Ganesan says Selangor promises 55 things, Perak promises 82 things, and 'we want to know where they are.' — Picture by Saw Siow FengA civil society watchdog tracking the performance of political parties and leaders in Selangor and Perak have found their respective state governments to have failed to keep track of their election promises made since 2013.

In its report card on the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Perak and PKR-led Selangor, Kuasa noted that both state governments had promised many things in their 2013 election manifestos, but their delivery record was dismal as they did not even hold discussions on their unkept pledges.

“Selangor promised 55 things, Perak promised 82 things, and we want to know where they are,” Kuasa chief executive Praba Ganesan told a news conference here today.

He said both political groups have been dragging their feet on making good on their election promises, which he described as a perpetual “work in progress”.

However, Praba said that both political groups were “matched” quantitatively in the number of election promises ade, but public perception was more negative towards the BN in Perak, as voters were less excited even when the 13-party coalition delivered on their pledges.

He said the PKR-led Selangor government had its shortcomings too, naming as examples its unfulfilled promises to build the Shah Alam Integrated Transportation, three cultural centres by the Klang River, bringing back local council elections in stages and free cancer-screening for men.

But, Praba added that the Selangor government at least seemed more aware of their failings and gave themselves low scores in self-evaluation.

“I don’t think parties or states necessarily have to be able to deliver everything they promised, but I think they should be able to talk about what they promised and why they moved away from those promises, moved on to other things, or why they added things to it or anything else,” he said.

“But Selangor generally on those 18 issues, have done really well. As you can see, there is a high achievement on most of those things that we feel are the critical ones,” he added.

Among Selangor’s 18 pledges were the third Klang Bridge, RM50 million for women advancements in terms of financial support, quality of life and security, RM500 scheme for newlyweds under the “Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor” programme, free public buses in five townships, RM100 million to the state housing board and RM2 million annual funding for vernacular schools.

“Perak has only 12. Although they promised 82 things, there are only 12 that really needs to be seen,” Praba said.

He explained that the Perak BN had many “weak pledges”, listing as examples its intention to “green” districts without explaining how and even drawing an excel sheet to show they were creating a network of NGOs through each local council.

“They also appear to have dropped their intention to turn Pangkor into a duty free island,” he said.

He added that the Perak BN were able to meet its target on creating 50,000 jobs over four years, but noted they were “soft” as it did not then elaborate if these jobs were new industry creations or high income jobs.

He said the jobs pledge was low when compared to the high number of graduates from the state.

He also warned Selangor that low-cost housing will be a critical issue in attracting voters at the next elections due to the lower base of income for many families in the state.

“Housing will also remain a core issue, even more since land matters fall under the state and not the federal government. There needs to be clear communication on the number of low cost and affordable homes available,” he said.

He said that Perak and Selangor should both discard old school thinking that the number of pledges equates quality.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by YISWAREE PALANSAMY



1 Comment »

  1. Nothing wrong to defer some election promises when there are other more urgent priority. So long as the ruling government is not discrimitory , wasteful and corrupted and had fulfilled most if not all the promises they deserve the rakyat ‘s trust and support.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — June 23, 2017 @ 8:55 PM | Reply

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