PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan's election manifesto has “vague and unrealistic goals” when it comes to the Indian community, said MIC Youth chief Datuk Sivaraajh Chandran.Sivaraajh said the Opposition has resorted to “rather general and vague promises” with no measurable objectives.
He also said that Pakatan’s first promise that it would eradicate the statelessness of many Indians within the first 100 days of it taking over the Federal Government was unrealistic.
“The manifesto also promises adequate space for houses of worship such as temples, but most Indians are aware that over 20 temple demolitions have happened in Selangor since the Pakatan government took over,” Sivaraajh said.
He said the other pledges to increase the socio-economic standing of Indians were also generic and not backed by any actionable plan.
“The setting up of a special fund for Indians as promised in the Pakatan manifesto seems like a cheap rip-off of all the initiatives Barisan Nasional has taken to aid the socio-economic development of Indians – which culminated in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB),” Sivaraajh added.
He called it a “disappointing” manifesto for Indians especially when the Opposition coalition is cooperating with the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), and said it has not fulfilled the Gelang Patah Declaration it made before the 13th general election.
The March 2013 Gelang Patah Declaration was DAP’s 14-point plan aimed at alleviating the socio-economic status of Malaysian Indians.
The Opposition launched its manifesto dubbed “Buku Harapan” (Book of Hope) last Thursday (March 8).
Pakatan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the manifesto was a collaborative effort of partner parties, formulated after speaking with academics, civil society groups, economists, professionals and former civil servants, among others.