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KUALA LUMPUR - Voters holding onto Pakatan Harapan’s lofty promises will have to re-evaluate their expectations.

Economists and political analysts who had been studying the opposition’s strategy in getting the electorate on their side, said it was clear that the loose coalition had never asked itself the fundamental questions, including how it planned to get the funds to make good on its promises.

Economist Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng of Sunway University Business School said for Pakatan to even meet its promise of free education, it had to grow the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least 40 per cent.

GDP growth in 2016 was 4.2 per cent. It expanded by 5.9 per cent last year with a value of about RM1.1736 trillion.

“If it plans to provide free education at the school and university levels without boosting GDP by 40 or 50 per cent, the burden will be on the people.

“The ruling government will also be forced to impose higher taxes to increase revenue.

“It has to look at the budget. The cost of running free schools and universities will be very high… Where will the funds come from?”

Political analyst and veteran economist Professor Dr Hoo Ke Ping, who described

SEREMBAN - The Negeri Sembilan Barisan Nasional (BN) targets to win seven out of the eight parliamentary seats in the state and to secure two-third majority in the State Assembly at the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).

Menteri Besar and state BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said after winning five parliamentary seats in the GE13, the party would try to increase the number to seven by winning back the Telok Kemang and Seremban seats.

"For state seats, we have set a target to win

KOTA KINABALU - The need for Barisan Nasional (BN) to stand united and have realistic expectations in the upcoming 14th General Election were among the issues emphasised by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during an hour long meeting with the Sabah BN liaison committee, here tonight.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Zahid, who is also BN deputy chairman, advised candidates who wished to contest in GE14 to also understand the

SHAH ALAM - The tussle for seats among Pakatan Harapan parties in Selangor has heated up, with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia demanding to be given more seats to contest in the coming general election.

Pribumi information chief Sallehudin Amiruddin said that Selangor Pribumi had rejected the seat distribution proposal at the state Pakatan meeting on Wednesday.

He added that during the second meeting yesterday, Selangor Pribumi had indicated that it wanted to contest all 12 state seats held by

KUALA LUMPUR - THE three-cornered fights expected in 106 parliamentary seats in the 14th General Election (GE14) may be an advantage to BN, but the ruling coalition will have to put up with a stiff challenge from Pas.

Several members of parliament concur that BN representatives will have to work hard to ensure that the party wins, even though they do not know who will be fielded as candidates.

Rengas MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said Pas was a tough opponent and that the BN election

BESUT - Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh today hit out at the opposition for trying to get the people's support by "recycling" the Taman Ilmu project issue.

Idris, who is also Higher Education Minister and Besut member of Parliament, said the allegation by PAS at a ceramah (political talk) in Alor Lintang, Besut, three days ago that the state government did not make any effort to save the project was a slander and hoped that the people would not believe it.

"Enough. If you

MUAR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today reminded the people, particularly Felda settlers, to always embrace the Barisan Nasional and UMNO struggle to ensure that the country remained progressive.

Najib, who is BN chairman and UMNO president, said the people should place their trust in UMNO, a party that was strong on its own, instead of relying on parties that depended on other parties.

"We should not be relying on parties that depend on others. We have to place our trust in a

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