Tee Hooi Ling: Inconsistencies over Pakatan’s PTPTN stand display their lack of integrity and reveal their desperation to win

(20 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur) The federal opposition’s criticisms directed towards the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is hardly surprising, but yet only further highlights their greed for power as they are willing to do or say anything in order to fool the voters into trusting them such as making promises which are popular among the voters.

Their objections and their calls to abolish the PTPTN loans for tertiary students is an about turn from initial reaction towards the PTPTN when it was first proposed. Thus it is surprising that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim had not opposed its establishment when it was first tabled in Parliament in 1997 as at that time, Anwar was the Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Finance Minister. Even the opposition had not voiced any objections.

While Anwar was still a part of the BN government at that time, DAP members of Parliament Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng had not only expressed their support for the loan, but they had also suggested that the RM 100 million startup allocation for the loan fund be increased. Thus Pakatan Rakyat’s strong criticisms and constant bashing of the higher education loan which has benefitted many Malaysians is a sure sign of their inconsistence and condemning the PTPTN loans purely for the sake of finding fault and certainly not constructive criticism.

Pakatan Rakyat office bearers are opportunists, and will grab at any chance they can to make themselves look good. PTPTN-bashing and calling for its abolition is intended to make them popular with voters. So they stir up this issue and claim that they can resolve it in 15 years without bankrupting the country. However, the mystery is why they had not voiced their doubts in the first place over 10 years ago in 1997, unless it was to make themselves look good at that time.

Their inconsistencies will only cause sorrow as Pakatan Rakyat component parties will not fulfill their election promises as they have no integrity and will constantly change their stand to make themselves popular among the voters even if it means sacrificing low income families.

Thus all voters should be aware of their false promises, especially from PAS, as while they may claim to have no interest in implementing hudud law and hardline policies, we however know that they are liable to change their stand at any time.

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