BN manifesto to be released after Parliament is dissolved: Muhyiddin

KOTA BHARU, March 1 (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) is in the final stages of preparing the manifesto for the 13th General Election and will be announced once the Parliament was dissolved said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was looking into the details of the manifesto before it is ready for final discussions with BN component parties.

"When the Parliament is dissolved, there is ample time to release the manifesto for the public to decide," he told reporters after opening the 1Malaysia People's Gathering at the Kelantan Rural Transformation Centre in Tunjong, here, today.

Muhyiddin who is also the BN Deputy Chairman said the people can evaluate both the BN manifesto and the opposition's manifesto to decide which was more attractive and practical for the people.

"Apart from the manifesto at the national level, even the respective state assembly manifesto would also be finalised by the state BN chiefs. In Kelantan, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed is preparing a manifesto that is aimed at ensuring the welfare of the people," he said.

When asked if the opposition's manifesto was realistic and Islamic, Muhyiddin said the people would be able to evaluate because PAS had stated that they were championing the hudud but it was not in the manifesto.

"We have evaluated and feel it is not realistic, can lead to the country becoming bankrupt if the opposition comes to power. They have not clarified any issues in detail but stated in general.

"They say they want to abolish the PTPTN and toll but have not said what will be the implication...the source of funds. They say there will be additional funds if corruption is curtailed, unnecessary expenses reduced.

"We have been running the government for 55 years and encountered various problems, overcome them but the opposition lack such experience. As such they put forward a manifesto that cannot be fulfilled, just like in Selangor," he said.

Even expert economists feel that the opposition would not be able to fulfill the contents of the manifesto. Meanwhile, UDA Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the opposition's manifesto was rhetoric and cannot be fulfilled.

The failure of the Selangor government to fulfill promises made prior to the 2008 general election is a good indication of the opposition's inability to carry out such promises contained in the manifesto, he said.