As winds of the election approach, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim once again repeated Pakatan’s age-old promise of reducing the price of petrol if they win. In addition to that, Anwar’s new book titled “Script for a Better Malaysia” supposedly outlines their vision and policy directions, toward the ideal of transforming Malaysia to be better. The contents of the book also included talks about the abolition of tolls and the abolishment of PTPTN education loan repayment.
The book’s existence is an ironic one, considering that the Pakatan Harapan manifesto promised the same things, albeit with a different title. Pakatan promised to abolish tolls, yet they extended highway concessionaires from 2038 to 2058. Some even quipped Pakatan turned “toll-free” to “toll-forever”. And PTPTN? There was no abolition of repayments whereby loan takers still had to repay every single sen that they borrowed.