(Tax) Break for boomers with Blue

Malaysian youths got a goodie never been given before when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced tax free income for everyone under the age twenty six, beginning the financial year 2017.

“This include those who have paid income tax”.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election. NSTP Pic by OSMAN ADNAN.

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election.

In a 30-minute speech, delivered at 10pm amid a backdrop of the humble, two-room wooden house in Pekan built by his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak, Najib addressed a 4,000-strong crowd, some of whom had gathered as early as 7pm.

To a roar of approval from the crowd, the prime minister announced that if BN is given a new mandate, youths aged 26 and below would be fully exempted from paying income tax.

“I understand that the youths need money for their expenses such as buying a car, paying their house rent as well as to give money to their parents. As a government that cares, this marks the first time that this is being done,” he said.

Najib said the income tax exemption, he said, would apply to the 2017 assessment year. Those who had paid their taxes last year, he added, would receive a full reimbursement.

As for the second piece of good news, Najib announced that a special two-day public holiday would be declared if BN wins the election.

The holidays, he said, would fall on May 14 and 15, which are a Monday and Tuesday. For states whose weekends fall on a Friday and Saturday, the special public holidays would fall on a Sunday and Monday.

“This would give time for Malaysians to spend time with their families as well as make their Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations,” he said.

His third piece of good news, which drew loud cheers, was on the exemption of toll charges for five days of the Hari Raya holidays.

Najib said all highways would be toll-free two days before Aidilfitri to enable the people to return to their hometowns, as well as on the first three days of Aidilfitri.

Najib said these pledges, as well as those made in the BN election manifesto, were proof that the opposition’s claims that Malaysia was a failed or bankrupt nation is untrue.

“A bankrupt or failed nation as claimed by the opposition cannot promise all this. We do not need saving, we are a successful nation,” he said.

He also recorded his appreciation to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, other BN leaders and members at all levels for their dedication to BN’s struggle. He said in the months leading up to the election, he went down to the ground to meet the people and understand their needs and wants.

“This gave me the opportunity to meet the people. All the hands I clasped, each face I saw, all these moments hold a special place in my heart,” he said.

Najib said that apart from being a leader and prime minister, he is also only human.

I have feelings and emotions. I’ve been insulted, ridiculed, slandered but I see it as God’s test and what I have to endure. But when I see the faces of the people I’ve met, who told me to not give up, these wounds and scars disappear.

“It is these moments also which strengthened my resolve to continue and fight,” he said.

GE14, said Najib, will determine Malaysia’s future. He expressed hope that the people will vote based on careful consideration and

“I, Najib Razak, on behalf of BN candidates, humbly ask for voters to without a doubt in their hearts, choose BN, a party which is proven and always keeps its promises.

“For 60 years, we have led this country and effected change after change. If given a new mandate, we will make Malaysia even greater,” he said.

REPORT BY NAJMUDDIN NAJIB, HIDIR REDUAN AND TN ALAGESH

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This means that wage earners whose had a net salary after the deduction of  income tax at source, would get refunds. In the history of the Inland Revenue Board, this is the first time an age group had been totally absolved from to the duty for the coffers of His Majesty’s Treasury.

Prime Minister Najib also announced a complete toll free of the highway system for five days, to commemorate this years Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

These three goodies are on top of the 264 other offered when Prime Minister Najib as the BN Chairman unveiled the ruling coalition manifesto.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 23:30  Leave a Comment  

Johor shall remain Blue

Johor shall remain progressively and productively strong under Barisan Nasional (BN) as the voters decide tomorrow, amidst the many speculation the coalition party led by UMNO would get a massive hit and falter.

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin is optimistic that Johoreans shall decide to remain steady on course and for future to come, with the right strategy planned and a broad follow through and implementation already in good progress.

“MB Khaled promised delivered what he promised five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

Our observation find that generally Johoreans are not bothered by over politicking, especially at national level.

Probably, it is because they have experienced the ‘Chinese Tsunami’ and BN already saw its worst performance in Johor GE.

One BN Division Chief who is defending his State Assembly seat said “We have 17,000 Chinese voters (in the Parliamentary constituency). If we can get only 4,000 votes from them, we are home free”.

During a walkabout in a pasar malam of a kampung off Parit Jawa, Muar MP and BN Division Chief Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is well liked by the folks, be it amongst the Malays, Chinese and Indians.

Razali whose home is in Seri Menanti, which is almost bordering Batu Pahat, has a well staffed service centre in Muar town.

“In a recent event of 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda’s roadshow on the lies and negative perception about the (business problem manipulated into a political scandal) the strategic investment firm, MCA managed to fill half the hall in UMNO building. And they asked questions!”.

PPBM Youth Chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is hardly in Muar even in this XIV GE is attempting to wrest the traditional UMNO constituency from Razali.

Ledang BN Chief Dato’ Ir. Hamim Samuri also is at ease, when talked to about his Parliamentary constituency said “I have a service centre here in Tangkak. However, I don’t wait for (people to come with) problems. I go after problems!”.

Hamim speaks with a notable Muarian twang, is also well received by his constituents. He was observed at the only Friday prayer in this XIV GE in a Sengkang, near Bukit Gambir.

He was the amongst the last to leave.

PPBM President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is attempting to wrest the State Assembly seat, on top defending his Pagoh Parliamentary seat.

“He never served this constituency. It is unlikely they would vote him”.

Another observation worth considering about Johor is that the Opposition coalition, especially PPBM and PAN is very thin on grassroots election machinery.

“These Malay political hopefuls cannot even find a candidate’s polling agent for the PDMs (polling centres). You do realise, in an election especially a GE, you are in trouble if your machine is weak”.

Johor had been a traditional BN stronghold as UMNO was born in the state 72 years ago, this Friday.

“I predict status quo for BN Johor, if not better results”, said an astute observer. “The three corner fights would spread the Opposition resources thin”.

He also added “Muhyiddin was UMNO Deputy President and been at the helm of Pagoh UMNO Division since 1983 (then Muar-Pagoh). How was Pagoh UMNO affected with Muhyiddin’s sacking?”.

He is right. Muhyiddin’s unceremonious departure did not hurt Pagoh UMNO three years ago. If PAS never did well in Johor, how could PAN dent the traditional Malay seats.

“PKR is nowhere, especially when they have no PAS machinery to depend on. The fate of Opposition politics in Johor is only left to DAP”.

In the last GE, the former MB Johor Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman said then “If only 15% of the Chinese voted BN, Johor is Opposition free”.

Ghani, now Chairman of Sime Darby Plantations goes around quietly in Ledang and Pagoh to do his bid for this campaign.

Johor UMNO is known for the service to the Bangsa Johor. It is this track record is the basis of the optimism, not withstanding the polling centres analysis based on UMNO branches intel and head count.

A good example is this is the BN Seri Gading Parliamentary candidate Dato’ Aziz Kaprawi. He not only served the constituency which is in the out skirts of Batu Pahat town where 42% of the voters are Chinese, Aziz and previous Seri Gading brought so much development into this once a back water Java-nese centric kampung.

Aziz as the Deputy Minister of Transport got the High Spreed Railway (HSR) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore stops at Pura Kencana, a village next to Parti Raja.

“An election is a game of numbers. If you had worked your constituency, you should know how your party stand”.

Political intel stated the high turn out at Opposition coalition is due massive ‘Groupie-Effect’.

“It is generally the same people moving around. Where can you get a high Chinese turn put at Opposition coalition rallies, especially in Malay majority areas?’, opined a true blue Johorean.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 09:30  Leave a Comment