Published: Wednesday April 25, 2012 MYT 9:15:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 25, 2012 MYT 9:16:40 PM
Dr Chua: Pakatan’s policies can bankrupt nation
By TEH ENG HOCK and CHRISTINA TAN
KLANG: Pakatan Rakyat’s populist policies can end up bankrupting the nation, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He called on voters to not fall for these “promises”, which only made the public feel good and happy but was detrimental to the future generations.
“Some countries in the European Union are facing economic downturn, bankruptcy and high unemployment rates as a result of populist policies,” he told reporters at a dinner here Wednesday.
He questioned PKR’s ability to write off the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) study loans, which amounted to RM43bil.
Dr Chua said the Selangor state government had failed to deliver promises in its 2008 general election manifesto which would only cost between “RM100mil to RM200mil”.
Some of these promises, he said, include allowances to nursery and school-going children, aid for single mothers and housewives, and free healthcare for those above 65-years-old.
To the Chinese community who liked to chant DAP’s slogan “Ubah” (change), Dr Chua posed these questions to them.
“Can the Chinese ensure that the Pakatan government administer better than Barisan Nasional, and bring about social stability and continuous economic development?
“Can Pakatan guarantee that it can look after all races, particularly the Chinese?
“Because no Barisan-led state forces you to accept Muslim values like in Kedah and Kelantan, where gambling and drinking are banned, and concerts and (setting up of) cinemas are blocked,” he said.