Pakatan’s Housing Ploy Is No Substitute for Proper Policy

Source: The Choice

Pakatan Rakyat’s one-man policy show Rafizi Ramli is at it again, this time unveiling his coalition’s half-baked housing plans with his trademark lack of detail and plenty of good cheer.

It wasn’t a full policy document launch with pages of details and costings that journalists and experts can take away and scrutinise – but with the PKR Strategic Director it never is. Instead he held a press conference to make an announcement and then shoot the breeze with the assembled journalists.

In what soon descended into a muddled briefing he first attacked speculators for driving house prices up, saying “there is no denying that Barisan Nasional has been trying to counter this by controlling credit for housing but this textbook style in dealing with the issue is too late.” So, that was praise for BN, right?

But then, just as everyone was expecting him to come up with an alternative, Rafizi said there were a lot of “nitty gritty items” that need reviewing. That’s right, Rafizi, and when you have reviewed those “nitty gritty items” they could even become policy details. Until then the job is only half done.

Rafizi attempted to attack the Government’s My First Home Scheme without saying whether a possible Pakatan Government would abolish or support Najib’s landmark initiative to help young families. Rafizi admitted that any Pakatan Government would try to boost affordable housing stocks but that this wouldn’t happen overnight. Maybe not even until the “third year because this problem cannot be solved quickly”, he claimed.

Clear as mud, Rafizi. So why did you hold this press conference again?

This sums up the present state of Pakatan Rakyat. Yes, Rafizi seems to be the only one attempting to articulate anything close to policy ideas, but what he comes out with are snappy one-liners designed to wow the rakyat. He is, as ever, lacking in detail.

That’s because he is acting alone. The Pakatan coalition is far too dysfunctional to actually sit down and work through proper policies with him. Getting the key players from PKR-DAP-PAS into the same room is impossible, let alone extracting agreement on this important subject.

Again, as with the plan to scrap PTPTN loans and vehicle excise, the lack of details on Friday was alarming.

But from there Rafizi’s briefing became even stranger. He said Pakatan would look to Lim Guan Eng’s Penang administration to help it with its housing plan.

That’s right, Guan Eng’s Penang, where land set aside for low cost housing is sold off to developers such as the plot at Taman Manggis this year; where developers build more and more condos for the rich on denuded hillsides that are now subject to soil erosion and flash flooding; and where the federal Government has stepped in this year to boost house stocks in a state with the nation’s highest property prices.

Rafizi should also remember that many of these Penang developers are also the evil “speculators” that he seems so keen to crack down on. You might want to talk to Guan Eng about that, Rafizi, to see if they are also DAP donors.

To sum up his own triumphal policy announcement, Rafizi said Pakatan’s “greatest achievement to date” is to have forced the Barisan Nasional government to compete on policies. This is patently absurd. Two political rivals will only be competing on policies when they have comprehensive documents and achievements that can be put side by side and compared. BN has its own record in Government, but all Pakatan has are one-liners.

And after Pakatan has made its simplistic pronouncements, it leaves it to the likes of Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin to reveal the full horror of how much it all costs. That is no way to prepare for Government.

What we have seen from Pakatan so far via Rafizi simply nibbles at the edges of what it needs to be doing. If they are serious about convincing voters that they have a well-formulated vision for the nation, Pakatan needs to stop Rafizi making announcements on the fly and get Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, flanked by PAS and DAP leaders, to show that they are in support, and to release a comprehensive manifesto.

Only then can voters make an informed choice about what Pakatan offers at GE 13. So far it isn’t offering much.

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28 Responses to Pakatan’s Housing Ploy Is No Substitute for Proper Policy

  1. ExDAP says:

    PR is always trying to look good and trying to score points. They can’t think of anything but enticing public hate onto the BN, that is all they are good at. They are constantly putting down the BN administrations but they themselves can’t even collect garbage properly. They FAIL in even the most simplest task, what more for the entire nation.


    • Anonymous says:

      Well said.

      Sampah, water(pipe) water(overland), kancilcarpark, unisel, night recreation centre, may be just the tips of iceberg

  2. Joe cool says:

    Well said, Stop The Lies.

    Esp. your “Clear as mud, Rafizi. So why did you hold this press conference again?”

  3. Joe cool says:

    Anybody got any more stories of Raindow and the Great Commie Lover Boy to share this weekend?

  4. Me, A Reader.. says:

    Lack of details.

    Now, who actually he’s trying to bull?

    Simply pathetic Pee Gay Arr bugger.

    At his best!

    Counter BN initiatives with a credible ones, lah.

    Mockery of own self.

  5. tok mudim says:

    Budak gemok ni together with the Brader memalukan koleq lah.

  6. Just an old timer says:

    Mr. Goebbels is now believing the distortions , half-truths and outright lies he is spewing, spewed and and will spew.
    Get a life man! Your type always promote and believe in the new media where ‘everyone can now verify the truth (or lies)’. Yours is the classic case.

  7. DAPster4 says:

    … typical PRick brand of politics… conniving, contrived and cunning as c*nts!

  8. Anonymas says:

    “And then we’re going to scrap em all and build us more Hospital Hotels, right? Riiiiight?” – LGE

  9. Servant of God says:

    I hope all Malaysian voters could consider my point of view:

    We Malaysian voters are like women who are ready to be married, and are looking for suitable partners.

    BN is the guy looking for a lifetime commitment, and is ready to walk his talk.

    PR is the bastard looking for a one night stand, concerned only for his cock.

    So, it’s up to us to choose.

    • akuantiPAKATAN says:

      Satu perumpamaan yang begitu tepat sekali. And what a co incidence, there are real “bastard” in PR lead by Anwar, Mat Sabu, Ostat Badrul, Eli Wong just to name a few.

    • Anonymous says:

      Need to warn those thinking to choose PR the bastard looking for a one night stand, concerned only for his cock – you might get Venereal Diseases (VD), AIDS and the like. Because cocks like Anwar’s also dig the smelly yellow stuff.

      Or that deadly disease called something like Ebola – when old age you can’t even play tombola. And some diseases can make you biol la.

    • I.D.A says:

      tererlah… perbandingan baik punya. 🙂

      • Servant of God says:

        Hahaha it’s quite clear, if you think of it.

        Si Rafizi dan PR tabur janji kiri kanan tapi nyata takde cara nak tunaikan. Nampak sangat hanya mahukan satu benda dari kita, bila dah dapat, kita yang menyesal seumor hidup, dia pi joli katak kat tempat lain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Heh heh, may be can add
      They are going for a one nite stand, on a triparty basis, back to back (no vulgarity intended)

  10. akuantiPAKATAN says:

    Talk is cheap, that’s why PR loves to talk, make promises, talk again, hold press conference, talk again. When are they going to stop talking and start working.

  11. Anonymous says:

    What “PKR Strategic Director” are they talking about?

    There’s a difference between a “Strategic Director” and a “Director of Strategies”.

    This bloke is a Strategic Director in that he, by dictionary definition, is dictated by, serving the ends of strategy, i.e generalship.

    But he is serving a Rear Admiral! Someone who admires a beautiful boy’s rear!

  12. ray says:

    Well pakatan is the champion of free speech. And their too free speech is exposing their hypocrisy wide open.

    Anwar and his 916 putrajaya
    Ngeh and his multi-religious party
    Karpal and his coalition consensus
    Lim Guan Eng and his CAT
    Lim Kit Siang and his multi-racial party
    Hadi and his Islamic state

    all contained in a compact Buku Jingga …..

  13. Troopers says:

    Seriously, people need to grow up and try using their brain for a moment to think even the basics of logic. You got a guy who came up, started barraging the current government for some problems which does not even make sense in many cases. Then miraculously brought up a plan or idea that he said would be implemented as soon as PR is in power and the only details of such ideas are more talk and recommendations that are not proven and have no substance, without any drawn out plan for the procedures and management of it. But then, the masses of brainless monkeys would erupt with joy anyway because what they only heard is more goodies for them without thinking that such ideas are not even viable in the first place. Especially for the young idealistic group, you are given proper education for a reason, to reason what is logical and illogical, what is viable and what is pure stupidity. M’sia’s future doesn’t look bright with all these people living in lala-land promised by PR.

    • akuantiPAKATAN says:

      IMHO, mostly those brainless monkeys are the one with a low IQ. The educated monkeys (read the leader) will take advantage and reap whatever they can from these poor brainless monkeys.

  14. Atok says:

    Ask Rafizi macamana beliau uruskan economy Selangor & is (s)he aware pasal Talam?

  15. Korean Fan says:

    Well at least PAS has many liners
    1st liner – they will get a highway
    2nd liner – they will get a bullet train
    3rd liner – they will get stesen angkasa (

  16. apek lim says:

    you know i also like the power opposition who can check and balanced , but with all this idiots in Pakatan and all they ‘setengah masak’ policies , only show they are just a stupid buggers

    Even Pakatan already create a new term – Manifesto can be break at anytime , so you Rakyat can shut up your f* mouth – all in just one term !!!

    • Anonymous says:

      True true
      Even can not agree to produce a mirror cabinet

      They agree to disagree, so how to work together for us?

    • Servant of God says:

      Setengah masak policies? Ah-Lim, you’re too kind.

      PR policies langsung tak masak. Resipi kata letak bawang, dia letak kacang. Suruh letak cuka, dia letak cuka getah. Bagi duit suruh beli ayam, dia pegi beli samsu, tonggak bawah pokok sambil mabuk2 tengok gambar lucah kat henfon.

      Bangsa nih memang tak guna.

  17. The Real Rakyat says:

    Guys this kinds of policies wil only work on their hardcore supporters bcoz ppl with brains will actually think ok this sounds good BUT how can it be done? People like my cousin a proud card carrying DAP guy will just cheer and say why BN cannot do this while all the while forgetting that despite your years as an experienced banker in a high positin you will fail to realise that this is nothing more than rhetoric with no actual substance or even concrete measures how it can be done.

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