KUALA LUMPUR: The Pas-led coalition Gagasan Sejahtera (Gagasan) will launch its 9-point Manifesto for the 14th General Election (GE14) on Sunday.
Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the launch would take place at the pact’s Majlis Syarahan Perdana at Cyberjaya on March 18.
Speaking to reporters at Pas headquarters here this afternoon, he said the manifesto seeks to form a government which has integrity, is trustworthy and free from corruption.
The first four points he listed are to boost the people’s disposable income and generate new job opportunities; fortify the people to overcome the effects of inflation and the rising cost of living; as well as to decrease the economic gap between urban and rural areas.
The other points he listed are to improve quality of education to create an excellent well-rounded individual; the harmonisation of the legal system and the country’s administration (tadbir urus) in line with Syariah principles; re-strengthen the concept of federalism by returning certain rights to the states; to strengthen the voice of the people in line with Syura and democratic principles; and improve the effectiveness of social support system for the less fortunate.
“The Gagasan Manifesto is an official document created by Gagasan and based on past documents like Gagasan Constitution (Piagam), Gagasan Memorandum on Political Donation and Money Politics, Gagasan Memorandum on Fighting Corruption, (among others),” he said.
Tuan Man said the manifesto aims to resolve the daily issues that currently burdened the people.
Meanwhile, on whether the Gagasan coalition partners had finalised seat allocations, Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said that 70 per cent of seat talks were wrapped up nationwide.
Asides from Pas, Gagasan is made up of Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) and Pan Malaysia Islamic Front (Berjasa).
“70 per cent (of seat allocation talks) had been settled in all states. Only another 30 per cent is still in discussion,” said Takiyuddin.
He said that Gagasan will contest in at least 130 parliamentary seats in Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
Tuan Ibrahim said the pact does not foresee any problems in resolving remaining seat allocation talks.
“The talks are conducted harmoniously and we would see which (candidates) have potential to win.
“Party machinery will look for candidates that have the support of all (Gagasan) component members,” he said.
On whether the Gagasan Manifesto seeks to form an Islamic state in Malaysia, Takiyuddin said that the terminology is not directly used in the Manifesto.
“However, (the Gagasan Manifesto) is in line with Pas’ aim to develop a harnonious and peaceful society in line with ‘Perintah Tuhan’.
“Pas’ continuous struggles is in line with both its (party) constitution and the Federal Constitution,” he said.
On whether the Manifesto would be able to attract non-Muslims to vote for them, Tuan Ibrahim said that the document laid out the coalition’s aim to form a society that is suitable for all members to live together well regardless of race among others.
Also present were Pas vice-president Idris Ahmad, party youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, and party research director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki.