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Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the launch of the Harapan GE15 Action Plan at the Wyndham Acmar Hotel, Klang, on November 2, 2022. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Addressing cost of living issue, combating corruption among 10 key pledges by PH

SHAH ALAM, Nov 2 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) has pledged its commitment to addressing the rising cost of living and combatting corruption as part of the 10 priorities outlined in its 15th general election (GE15) action plan dubbed as the Harapan GE15 Action Plan.

Its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the action plan is a comprehensive document that can only be implemented by a country that governs with integrity.

“This manifesto is part of our efforts to present our ideas into a larger framework of change that we hope to achieve for our country. And the foundation is the issue of governance.

“What is different about this manifesto is that I do not believe that Umno or Barisan Nasional (BN) would be able be able to make recommendations that uphold the principles of good governance due to their leadership’s excessive involvement in the issue of corruption and abuse of power.

“The same goes for Perikatan Nasional (PN), where we saw under their administration, there were misappropriation and corruption… contracts issued to strengthen their party’s resources and the finances of their leadership are indisputable.

“That is why I said, that the foundation is good governance and we have pledged that the political map of this country should be changed with a system that maintains a good governance system. And this is clear in the manifesto,” said Anwar during the launch of the PH action plan at the Wyndham Acmar Hotel, Klang, which was also broadcasted online.

Also present were PH deputy chairman Anthony Loke, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

The following are the 10 priorities outlined in the action plan:

1. Managing cost of living

PH is committed to eliminating cartels, maintaining an ample supply of food products and expanding the agricultural workforce to ensure food security.

2. Combating corruption and strengthening democracy

To create a transparent and reliable system of government by enhancing institutional integrity, defending parliamentary sovereignty as the fundamental tenet of democracy, and ensuring media freedom alongside the right of the people to freedom of expression.

3. Empowering youth’s economic opportunities and exploring humanity sectors

PH is dedicated to developing the skill-based sectors of the humane economy to create new job opportunities for the youth. This includes initiatives to boost participation in the modern agriculture sector, renewable energy industries, the caregiving sector, creative arts and the sports economy, including e-sports, apart from developing the respective ecosystems of these fields.

4. Saving the lost generation in education

PH will focus on narrowing the gap between the lost generations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic by improving the quality of education and creating promising opportunities for future generations.

5. Building disaster mitigation measures and enhancing protection for the rakyat

PH will strengthen the nation’s ability to withstand natural disasters through the adoption of comprehensive resilience strategies that include increased aid for disaster victims depending on their losses, up to a maximum of RM50,000 per household.

6. Addressing the issue of contract doctors and providing robust welfare for healthcare workers

To develop local specialists, which includes addressing the issue of contract healthcare workers, to strengthen the capability of the public healthcare system. PH would also work to ensure the continued welfare of healthcare professionals while acknowledging their crucial position as the centre of the efforts to raise the standard of national healthcare delivery.

7. Eliminating gender inequality and enhancing women’s socioeconomic participation

To end gender inequality and empower the socioeconomic position of women by fulfilling their potential as key drivers of national development.

8. Empowering the regions of Sabah and Sarawak

PH would give priority to issues related to revenue sharing, economic growth, and the allotment of 35 per cent of parliamentary seats to Sabah and Sarawak.

9. Improving the competitiveness of all Malaysians

To improve competitiveness in Malaysia’s plural society across geographic location, socioeconomic class, background and ethnicity.

10. Preserving the environment for future generations

The Climate Change Act, ecological fiscal transfers, Marine Protection Areas and Transboundary Haze Act are among the adoptable measures to protect the natural environment.

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