Yesterday was Pakatan's manifesto day. I guess by now most of you had read about all the goodies offered by them.
The comments on the manifesto were everywhere and wide ranging. Here is one by automotive blogger paultan on the excitingly cheaper prices of cars, revoking of AES and abolishing of tolls as offered by Pakatan -
paultan, however cautioned its reader -
The manifesto doesn’t detail just how all this will be achieved, nor flesh out other auto-related points covered in it.
It's more or less the same as in 2008 when they promised the stars and the moon without exactly telling how they are going to pluck the stars and moon from the sky. Sorry, I don't feel like wasting my energy trying to go into the details as I don't really have the time for it. You can of course get those details at the other websites and newspapers today.
Actually, I don't think the manifesto will be of much value except for its gimmick effect. If I remember correctly, Pakatan gain inroads in 2008 not because of their manifesto but because people were fed-up with Pak Lah's administration. They know the Pakatan's manifesto was just bullshit but still voted against BN due to the hopelessly clueless PM at that time and the arrogance of the people around him. To top it all, MCA also decided to commit harakiri about the same time by trying to kill each other just before election causing the collapse of Chinese community's support for the coalition. Pakatan did not exactly have to do or offer much in 2008.
Anyway, as for the manifesto which looks very similar to the one offered in 2008, the question is - where are the money coming from? Free higher education, free highways, free wi-fi, and free everything else? Pay with Petronas' money, is it? We want to bankrupt Petronas by expecting it to pay for everything?
Hey, still someone has to pay, ok? Nothing is really free in this world.
Use government's money? Well, government's money is our money. Every single one of us pay taxes. Not just income tax, ok. You eat at KFC also kena tax, ok? Rice also kena tax, you know or not? Why Pakatan never say want to abolish all these taxes? Because it's not as glamourous and attractive as abolishing tax for cars, tolls and other middle income stuff. It's all a matter of getting the votes from the right group of people.
Do bear in mind that we still have to pay for everything at the end of it.
For instance, if there is no toll at the highways, that means the government has to pay for it and the money to pay for it will be coming from all of us taxpayers, including the poor ones who don't have a car to drive on the highways. That's because even the poor ones pay taxes in some form one way or another.
So, don't get conned, ok?
Pakatan never conned people? I give you a simple example - Remember Kampung Buah Pala in Penang. If you can't remember, please google.