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Najib knows what he is talking about. With 3 over decades experience in politics, he knows promises made in the election campaigns are never kept. His boss Badawi did that. So he is not telling anything new. Unwittingly, he has made known the reason for the dismal failure of Barisan Nasional in the last elections.

Fortunately the people had the ‘maturity and wisdom’ to be aware that many political promises of Barisan Nasional came to nought, and decided to act.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin must know an empty promise is not a promise, but they are just words to deceive the people. You cannot cheat the people always.

KUALA LUMPUR: The electorate will soon see the gap between promises made during election campaigns and the likelihood them being fulfilled, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“During the elections, anybody can make all sorts of promises. When they mentioned reduction in assessment tax, some voters may have been taken in by it.

“When the time comes, they will face difficulty to fulfil their election promises,” he told reporters after the Defence Ministry’s workers day celebration yesterday.

He was asked to comment on the plan by the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor Government to give incentive to ratepayers because it was not ready to implement the proposed 20% reduction of assessment tax as promised during elections.

“This is what the electorate will need to determine because in future elections, there will be more promises.

“We must have the maturity and wisdom to decide for ourselves whether the promises are realistic or merely political promises,” he said.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who is an Umno supreme council member, said it was not easy to fulfil the promises, as there were many considerations to be taken into account.

Among the Pakatan promises, he added, was free education for all. “It might have been possible previously as there were only one or two public universities but now there are 20 public universities and 37 private universities.

“If we just do that and don’t use any money to develop the economy, what will the graduates do when they finish their education?” he asked.

This, he added, was the difference between a government that used populist policies and a government with experience.

“People must be wise and be able to differentiate between an empty promise and a responsible promise,” he said.

Pakatan will fail to fulfil more promises, says Najib


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