MUAR: Pakatan Rakyat’s orange book or Buku Jingga, which outlines the Opposition’s manifesto, containes all sorts of promises to entice the people into supporting the Opposition in the coming general election, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Speaking to Pagoh Umno division delegates here, he said the Opposition wanted to provide many things for free and abolish educational loans and tolls on the highways.
“They assured students that they need not repay the loan granted by the National Higher Education Corporation Fund (PTPTN).
“They also said that they will reduce the price of petroleum and others when they come to power,” he said during the opening of the division’s delegate conference at the Pagoh Umno complex recently.
Muhyiddin said the Government had allocated some RM42bil to help about one million underprivileged and academically weak students that seek to pursue higher education.
He said those with excellent results were given scholarships but those who did not had no means and needed assistance.
“If the Opposition wrote off the loans and students did not have to repay their loans, there would be no funds to help other students.”
He added that for the past 55 years, Umno leaders and members had easy political challenges and they could be proud of their party and Barisan Nasional.
“Things have changed and the Opposition has adopted many ideologies, including instilling hatred towards the Malays.
He said this had pushed some young Malaysians to show their disrespect by stepping on the pictures of national leaders and showing the Sang Saka Malaya to replace Jalur Gemilang.
He added that the Malays should realise that Umno was formed to fight for their struggles, for Islam and for the nation and urged them to reject the Opposition’s political ideologies.
Muhyiddin said since Umno also fought for Islam, it was the duty of the Malays and Muslims to get rid of any party that wanted to destroy Islamic values in their areas.