Kuala Lumpur: The Umno Strategic Communications Unit today labelled the current Pakatan Harapan (PH) government as a ‘vacuum cleaner’ who are only interested in cleaning the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s mistakes but failed to introduce proper measures that will ease the rakyat’s burden.
It said that the government of the day is akin to a 'fish market' on its move to bargain with countries such as China, Singapore and other countries, claiming this will indirectly affect Malaysia’s reputation as a sovereign country.
Umno added that the rakyat is now burdened by the high cost of living, petrol prices that won’t go down and allowance cuts as well as claims of the government using the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to pick on the previous government's faults.
"Already with more than two months in power, they (government) have yet to announce the country’s foreign policy as per the norms of any new government in the world and also, the economic stimulus policies to increase the rakyat’s quality of life together with increasing foreign investments.
"It won’t be out of place to say that there is already discomfort amongst the rakyat towards PH because of its over the top focus on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and government related companies' (GLC) cases," said the Umno unit in a statement today.
According to the statement, all Cabinet members were only focused on ‘cleansing’ efforts of the past government while the rakyat are hoping for announcements that can lighten their burdens.
"In the 1MDB case, the Swiss Attorney-General, Michael Lauber who met his counterpart Tommy Thomas recently, stressed that the investigation was only on six senior officers of 1MDB and Datuk Seri Najib Razak was not one of them.
"However, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad; Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and their counterparts believe that Najib is the main suspect in this case and is dragging him to court without plausible evidence.
"Umno believes that all these have been planned with the objective of blurring the rakyat’s vision that PH has failed to deliver on its manifesto's promises," it said.
The Umno unit further added that the previous BN government under Najib, was able to deliver 99.4% of its promises according to its 13th General Election (GE13) manifesto while PH continues to find many excuses to throw sand into the eyes of the rakyat.
"Another of PH’s tactic is also working against them and making them appear as 'flip-flops' is changing their decision to cancel several big projects signed by BN.
"For example, the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) paroject which was cancelled last month, can be resuscitated if the costs can be reduced. Same also goes for the Light Rapid Transit 3 (LRT3) under Prasarana, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project and many other projects.
"Strangely, the LRT3 project was approved again after the cost was reduced. Why wasn’t it studied properly before making a decision to cancel it? This is typical power crazy politics.
"Most foolish of them was using the excuse of "high cost" and "if the cost can be reduced" as their main excuses without showing the real numbers for the affected projects," it said.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today announced that the LRT3 project was back on after the Cabinet approved it yesterday.
The approval comes after the cost of the LRT3 project was reduced by 47 per cent from RM31.65 billion to RM16.63 billion. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd