Published: Monday February 25, 2013 MYT 10:20:00 AM
Updated: Monday February 25, 2013 MYT 3:57:14 PM
Pakatan unveils election manifesto (Updated)
By TEH ENG HOCK
SHAH ALAM: The final Pakatan Rakyat convention before the 13th general election kicked off here Monday with the unveiling of the pact's election manifesto.
The manifesto, delivered by PKR's Rafizi Ramli, PAS' Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and DAP's M. Kulasegaran, covered a broad range of topics.
Some of Pakatan's promises include increasing minimum household income to RM4,000 in its first term in power, removing one million foreigners from the workforce over five years and stopping the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng.
Pakatan leaders also promised to lower fuel prices and electricity tariffs, cancel the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
The manifesto also promised the construction of a Pan Borneo highway linking Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
Delegates welcomed the coalition's first manifesto, saying it was inclusive, and in particular would help the lower and middle-income groups.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said the manifesto was comprehensive and would positively impact the nation.
"We have reached a consensus on common policies, such as in the Buku Jingga. Pakatan is ready to go to Putrajaya and lead the nation," he said.
PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said it was important that the contents of the manifesto be implemented well.
"It is a good manifesto, but it must be implemented well to prevent leakages," he said.