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Published: Monday January 10, 2011 MYT 2:08:00 PMUpdated: Monday January 10, 2011 MYT 2:36:45 PM
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has lambasted the Pakatan Rakyat's 100-day reform plan, unveiled last month, describing it as populist and irresponsible.
He said the plan was unrealistic because it did not state the source of funds to finance the undertaking.
"We should not be too populist to the extent of pawning the country's future. We should not act that way; it's irresponsible and will cause our children and grandchildren to suffer.
"In fact, it won't take that long; in just two years, according to our estimates, our country will become like Greece if the plan is implemented without regard to the country's means to implement it," he said at the monthly gathering of the Prime Minister's Department, here, Monday.
Last month, the Opposition pact unveiled a 100-day programme which it said it would implement if it won the next general election.
It contained nine agendas, including the management of the country, economy and education.
The plan included asking Khazanah Nasional Berhad and the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) to facilitate the takeover of highway assets by the Government to abolish tolls, revamp the subsidy structure to reduce subsidies for the private sector and shifting it to cover subsidies for the public, increasing teaching allowances to RM500 per month and getting rid of Felda Plantations to allow farms to be managed by Felda's second and third generations.
Najib said civil servants were knowledgeable and would be able to see the follies of such plan.
"I'm always of the opinion that if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.
"If we believe in something that is too good to be true, then we are deceiving ourselves and we will be taken in by our own errors," he said, adding that the Opposition's plan was all about populist measures but made no mention about the source of funding.
Citing buying a better car or a bigger house as an example, the Prime Minister said any plan to do so should be based on whether one had the means to finance the purchase.
He questioned how the Opposition would implement and fulfil what it had outlined in its plan. - Bernama
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