Saturday, 2 March 2013

PR to replace one million foreign workers with M’sians

PR to replace one million foreign workers with M’sians
By Chua Jui Meng

Chua delivering ceramah before PR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s arrival in Sungai Tongkang Rengit, Batu Pahat, on Mar 1, 2013.

WHEN Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is given the people’s mandate to govern Malaysia after the coming 13th General Election (GE13), one of its most crucial task is to create one million job opportunities.
We also want to implement the RM1,100 per month minimum wage.
As outlined in our Manifesto Rakyat, we aim to achieve the above through a People’s Pioneer Scheme to train one million school leavers without higher education to uplift their skills in technical fields, combining employment with periodic certification of skills.
The action plan is to set up five technical universities and 25 new vocational schools.
The newly trained skilled labour will then replace part of the current three million foreign workers in the country.
We believe the country’s economic potential is being hampered by the interests of the power elites and their cronies.
Malaysia today is an economy that is making BN-Umno politicians and their hangers-on richer and richer, but the ordinary people poorer and poorer.
Listed in PR’s manifesto under The People’s Economy, our target is to have every Malaysian family having a monthly take-home household income of at least RM4,000 after PR’s first term as Malaysia’s federal government.
We also aim to break the monopolies created by the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) over the years. Monopolies are a hindrance to the nation’s healthy economic growth.
The strategy is to revitalise healthy economic competition by:
Ø Establishing an Anti-Monopoly Commission and amending existing laws relating to competition to clamp down on unfair business practices;
Ø Establishing a Public Contracts Commission to evaluate and act as arbitrator to ensure that all agreements between the government and private sectors are not biased or unfavourable to the rakyat;
Ø Breaking up monopolies in communications, essential foods, pharmaceuticals, civil aviation and other key sectors; and
Ø Restructure unfair independent power producer (IPP) agreements to stop the enrichment of cronies via public funds.

Part of the 8,000-people crowd at the ceramah in Sungai Rengit Batu Pahat on March 1, 2013.

While Barisan Nasional (BN), through its leaders and media, continue to rubbish our manifesto without any basis or intellectual argument, the rakyat should read and understand our electoral plan for the future of the people and nation.

The concrete roof of this dewan in Batu Pahat’s Dataran Sungai Tongkang Rengit is this group of PR supporters’ “premium seating” to watch Anwar deliver his ceramah.

There are 13 action plans listed under The People’s Economy to ensure the realisation of its tragets.
The details of the PR manifesto are now available online. You have a choice to view the summary or full manifesto, in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.
Just click the link below: