Voters should not be confused by the various promises made by the Opposition in their manifesto announced ahead of the 15th General Election (GE15), says caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to Bernama, Ismail, who is also the UMNO vice-president, said that in every election, the contesting parties will promise various things just to attract votes.
“Now, there is a new promise that the prime minister does not have to take a salary. Villagers don’t want to hear if the PM has a salary or not. They want to know what the government can do for the benefit of the villagers,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the promises the government made in the Budget 2023 had been studied thoroughly and based on the government’s current financial capabilities.
“If the budget is tabled, it means that the money is already there, not just an empty promise. Just wait for the time to implement it, after the re-tabling and approval,” he said.
He then gave his assurance that promises in the budget will be implemented if he returns to power as the prime minister.
Government there for the people
He also claimed that the government, under his administration, had never ignored the needs of the people, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and major floods.
“During the pandemic, there are no houses that were not given a food basket. When there was a big flood, the government allocated the largest financial aid in history to help flood victims,” he said.
“This is what the government does, we can’t promise the stars or the moon like others.”
He then pointed out that when he was the minister of agriculture, they gave a monthly incentive of RM250 a month to inland fishermen, but the Pakatan Harapan government had scrapped this subsidy.
“However, this time, the allowance for inland fishermen has been reintroduced, as announced during the tabling of the budget in Parliament,” he said.
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