KUALA LUMPUR — April 4, 2018: Conflicting statements on what the opposition Pakatan Harapan will do if it forms the next federal government have only added to what has already been a confusing situation.
After voicing concerns just last week if Pakatan would be able to abolish tolls on the highways, Pakatan chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was yesterday quoted as talking about the opposition’s intention to remove tolls in stages within a 100 days of coming into power.
Mahathir also talked about providing free education at public universities.
This was what Mahathir said last week: “Sometimes I feel that we may not be able to fulfil our promises. Our party, our coalition partners, you know they are very socialistic. They like to give things to people.
“I told them it cannot be done. You want to remove all the road tolls? I say, look, we have to maintain the roads. You have to build more roads.
“Where do you get the money if you’re trying to maintain this road by yourself? But they want popularity, so they prefer to promise this thing.”
Back in January Mahathir also defended the need to impose toll, adding that it was necessary to cover the cost of building expressways and maintaining them.
On free tertiary education, it was only three days ago when it was reported Mahathir had no intention to do so. Instead a Pakatan government will provide more scholarships.
“Believe me, the majority of students will not study if we give them free (higher) education. They would think it is not important,” he said at a forum.
He also remarked that unlike in Germany where students studied hard, those in Malaysia tend to take a more easy approach.