AT the recent launch of the national-level Barisan Nasional Youth and Puteri machinery in Muar, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the people that BN’s general election manifesto will focus on the youth, who are key assets of the country.
This shows that the BN strategy for the 14th General Election (GE14) is more practical in its approach and can be achieved efficiently.
For a long time, the government has established platforms by providing policies and opportunities for the younger generation to expand their potential through learning opportunities, as well as gain experience in government projects.
The younger generation has gained from this as many are given the tools to spur their potential as future leaders.
But, this will be a special manifesto under the leadership of Najib, as it is being designed for youth — the first of its kind by BN.
This effort will boost the confidence of youth in BN. It is a coalition with proactive plans for the youth.
This is unlike Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, which took an unrealistic approach to the economic situation and could only be described as “rhetoric”.
It is impossible to accomplish 10 promises in 100 days. It is clear that the manifesto was launched to lure votes ahead of GE14. Most of the issues are being recycled and there are many impractical promises. The Pakatan manifesto was designed without examining the needs of the people.
On the other hand, the BN government is aware of the needs of the people and it wants to implement a strategy according to the current situation which could bring more good to the people.
Promises made in the Pakatan manifestos in 2008 and 2013 in Selangor and Penang have yet to be fulfilled.
With the announcement of Pakatan’s GE14 manifesto, Penangites will be able to compare these new pledges against the actual developments that occurred during the two terms under the DAP state administration.
BN has been providing for the needs of the younger generation, as compared to the opposition.
BN is getting feedback from the young people in shaping the nation’s development policies and plans.
In fact, all this while, BN has provided people-friendly manifestos which proves that the coalition is concerned about the future generations.
The upcoming BN manifesto could be the solution to dilemmas faced by the young, including aspects of skills improvement in line with the demands of industries, as well as matters of housing, cost of living, wages and entrepreneurship.
The previous BN manifestos were the result of extensive analysis, meetings and discussions with stakeholders, including young people, to make them more approachable and holistic.
BN has a clear plan for the future of the nation’s younger generation, if it would continue to be given the mandate at the polls.
Thus, it is important for the public to evaluate carefully the manifestos presented by the BN and Pakatan.
The BN approach is about empowering the creativity, innovation and intelligence of the young people, to enable them to channel their ideas positively.
Continuous support for the BN leadership is vital as it will care for the needs of young people.
As a responsible government under the leadership of Najib, BN is providing equitable opportunities for young people, regardless of race.
Hopefully, the BN manifesto for youth will focus on inclusive growth, such as providing a conducive environment, policies and incentives to help young people start businesses.
Najib had said, in a speech at a Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) programme, about urging youths to have a global mindset while maintaining their religious and cultural identities.
He also said that the youth must pursue opportunities in vocational education and training, which would boost their chances of getting better jobs. In this regard, it must be noted that the BN government never raised the fees at public institutions of higher learning, where more than 90 per cent of the costs are borne by the government.
Access to education remains wide open with the presence of private institutions of learning.
This is an example of how the government has big plans for the younger generation.
Puvaniten M. Helan Govan, Tasek Gelugor, Penang