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Know what you are Voting for

Comparison GE14 BN and PH Election Manifestos

Do you want development projects, more financial aid or structural and institutional changes? Here you will find the segmented side-by-side comparison of election promises listed by both BN and PH. Know what you are voting for.

Come Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 15 million eligible Malaysians will be casting their votes to choose the representatives and the government that will lead the country for the next five years.  In the past weeks, both the current governing party Barisan National (BN) and the opposition coalition party Pakatan Harapan (PH) have promised an endless list of rewards if they win the coming election.  There are many aspects that a voter need consider when making the important choice for our country's future. Setting aside the considerations of party leadership, delivery track records of elected representatives and met/unmet promises of the past, moving forward into the next chapter great consideration must be given to what each party champions for the betterment of all Malaysians in the short, medium and long-term.  Both parties have presented hundreds of pages long and detail election manifestos to state their intended changes and improvements.  Here is the side-by-side comparison list sorted by the subject of key importance that Malaysians have asked for change.  Take time to go through the list thoroughly, make an informed decision on May 9, 2018. Promises are easy to make, we hope that they will be kept and delivered. This list is not absolute and may not be complete as more promises are and will be made during campaigning.  Get updates from news media and our News&Updates page.

Sources of information:

Barisan Nation (BN) GE14 Manifesto  'Bersama BN, Hebatkan Negaraku' (With BN For A Greater Malaysia) link 

Pakatan Harapan (PH) GE14 Manifesto 'Buku Harapan' (Book of Hope) link


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GE14 | PH Promises Financial Aid, Welfare and Subsidies


PH Promised Living Wage Monetary Aid 

  • Maintain BR1M and improve distribution  and management















PH Promised Food and Essentials

  • Control and stabilize prices of essential goods

  • Ensure sufficient supply of goods during festive seasons to prevent a sudden surge in price

  • Appoint Bank Negara to draft strategies to avoid over-dependency on import of milk, poultry, vegetables which lead to price increase due to depreciation of ringgit


PH Promised Subsidies
Reintroduce petrol subsidy for motorbikes under 125cc and cars under 1,300cc
Reduce broadband fees by half and double WIFI speed


PH Promised Transportation Aid
Abolish toll charges gradually
Monthly RM100 of travel pass for unlimited use of public transport
Reduce import tax for the first car below 1,600 cc


PH Promised Medical Aid
Provide B40 families medical subsidy of RM500 per year (under current Caring Plan) nationwide
Ensure fair prices of medical products


PH Promised Minimum wage 
Increase to RM1,500 during the first term of office
Standardised in both Peninsula Malaya and East Malaysia. 
Conduct a review every two years where employers and government would share the cost of salary increment


PH Promised Others
Allocation of RM4 billion for 10 years for social and economic welfare fund to eradicate poverty and aid the Indian community. 

GE14 BN Promises Financial Aid, Welfare and Subsidies


BN Promised | Living Wage Monetary Aid 

Increase current entitlement and introduce 2 new categories

  • Increase from RM1,200 to RM2,000 for households earning less than RM3,000. ​Pay-out for June and August will be increased from RM400 to RM800 

  • Increase from RM900 to RM1,500 for households earning RM3,000 to RM4,000. Pay-out for June and August will be increased from RM300 to RM600.

  • Increase from RM450 to RM600 for individuals earning less than RM2,000 

  • New BR1M category of RM700 for households earning between RM4,000 to RM5,000

  • A one-off payment of RM1,500 for children of BR1M recipients who are furthering their education at higher education institutions.


BN  Promised Food and Essentials

BN Promised Subsidies

Broadband charges reduced by half, Wi-Fi speed to double

BN's Promised Transportation Aid

TN 50 public transportation pass to cost between RM50 and RM150 per month for students, young workers, senior citizens and the disabled

BN Promised Medical Aid

insurance coverage, medical benefits and living subsidies for workers earning less than RM2,500 per month

BN Promised Minimum wage

Increase to RM1,500 per month in stages in five years

BN Promised Others

Lower interest charges and fine for delay in credit card payment

GE14 BN Promised | Structural & Institutional Reforms


BN Promised Education

  • Recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)


BN Promised | Indian Community

  • Resolve the stateless issue (status of nationality) of the Indian community within 100 days. (in the MIB)




BN Promised Sabah and Sarawak

  • The rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), which have previously not been honoured, are to be fulfilled by the federal government.


BN Promised Restoring the Authority of Parliament and Empowering Citizen Elected Representatives

  • Establish a Parliamentary Select Committee to refine and give feedback on issues of public interest.

  • Introduce the Public Petition mechanism for all major issues. Any online petition that receives more than 30,000 signatories will get feedback from the Government.

  • Transform Local Councils (PBT) by applying openness of information, communication and relationships with the public.

  • Increase the transparency of Local Councils (PBT) by requiring a live broadcast every time the council members meet.

  • Obligating periodical Town Hall sessions with residents that will be

  • implemented by Local Councils.

  • Introduce the iKepoh application to enable the public to lodge complaints to Local Councils (PBT) via smartphones.

  • Establish an Ombudsman to investigate any public complaints on injustices and weaknesses in ministry, department and government agency services.


BN Promised Others

  • Draft the Political Funds Act to monitor contributions and expenses
    of political parties in Malaysia.

  • Enact the Fake News Act to preserve harmony and public order as well
    economic stability.

GE14 | PH Promised Structural & Institutional Reforms


PH Promised Education

Recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)


PH Promised | Indian Community

  • Resolve the stateless issue (status of nationality) of the Indian community within 100 days. 

  • Resolve the issue of religious conversion of children for the Indian Community. 

PH Promised Sabah and Sarawak

  • Restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak, in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963. Set up a Special Cabinet committee to review the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

  • Review the Petroleum Development Act 1974 to check Petronas’s monopoly on oil and gas 

  • Return and guarantee the customary land rights of Sabah and Sarawak

  • Set up a National Inquiry on the rights of Indigenous/Native Land

  • A Special Tribunal for Custom Land issues

  • Increase the amount of petroleum royalty to Sabah and Sarawak to 20 percent or equivalent value

PH Promised Restoring the Authority of Parliament and Empowering Citizen Elected Representatives

  • Parliament to play a more effective role in checking the executive

  • The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be from the opposition

  • Introduce Parliamentary Select Committees (PSC) to monitor all ministries

  • The appointments to key commissions and statutory bodies to be vetted by the relevant parliamentary committees and approved by parliament.

  • Reduce the power of the PM to influence the appointment of key officials to the EC, MACC, Malaysian Human Rights Commission and Judicial Appointment Commission

  • Appointments must be affirmed by the relevant Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) 

  • Reforms for the Dewan Negara, so that it can provide effective checks and balances to the Dewan Rakyat.

  • The number of Senators appointed by states will be higher than those appointed by the federal government so that the voices and rights of states are protected

  • The position of Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be reserved for a member of the opposition, and the leader of the opposition will be accorded the same status as a Federal Minister with a similar allowance.

  • Implement effective separation of powers between the branches of government, and guard our nation’s wealth.


PH Promised Limit the powers of decision-making positions

  • Prime Minister to be limited to two terms

  • State Menteri Besars and Chief Ministers to be limited to two terms

  • The PM is prohibited from holding other cabinet positions, especially the finance portfolio. 

  • Reduce PMO’s annual budget from more than RM17 billion to RM8 billion

  • All legislators required to publicly declare their assets.


PH Promised Reform and Strengthen Public Institutions
The Election Commission (EC)

  • To be made independent 

  • Appointment of members to go through the relevant parliamentary committee 

  • Have clean and fair electoral system


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)

  • Make the MACC an independent constitutional commission that hires its own staff and has adequate funding

  • Amend the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 to allow the commission to investigate public officials who live beyond their means

  • Upgrade the MACC to a Commission which is recognised by the Constitution, with a similar position of authority to the Election Commission of Malaysia. 

  • MACC to report directly to Parliament, rather than to the Prime Minister.

  • Appointment of MACC Commissioners must be validated democratically by Parliament


The Attorney General’s (AG) chambers. 

  • Separate the roles of the AG and the public prosecutor. Under Article 145(3) of the constitution, the AG will also be the public prosecutor and has the power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence.

The Judicial System

  • Restore the independence of the judicial system

  • Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) members will be appointed by a parliamentary committee. 

  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Majlis Raja-Raja will be consulted


PH Promised Review Laws

  • Review the Sedition Act 1948, National Security Council Act 2016, Prevention of Crime Act 1959, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Penal Code Biro Tata Negara and National Service training programmes, Bernas’ monopoly on rice and mandatory death sentence


PH Promised Promote Transparency and Good Governance 

  • Implement open tenders and making it easier to report corruption 

  • Amend Witness Protection Act 2009 and Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 to protect rather than punished. 

  • Revise the Official Secrets Act 1972

  • Introduce a Freedom of Information Act

  • Introduce the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, avoid deaths in police custody, address the stateless children problem and review the functions of the Special Branch.

PH Promised Free and Fair Elections
Political Funding

  • Introduce a Political Financing Control Act to make political donations transparent and eliminate influence buying. 

  • Limit political parties assets to RM1 billion



  • Clean the electoral roll

  • Lower the voting age to 18 from 21 years old 

  • Automatic voter registration

  • Improve the postal voting process 

  • Have a minimum of 21 days for the campaigning period

  • Fair access to media to all contesting parties, 

  • Give accreditation and early training to independent election observers

  • Redelineation of electoral boundaries have a fair and transparent number of voters to constituency ratio


PH Promised Guard Country’s Assets and Wealth

  • Launch royal commissions of inquiry to probe 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Felda, MARA, Tabung Haji, and revamping their leadership.

  • Launch detailed studies of mega projects awarded to foreign countries. 

  • Get two national parks recognised as Unesco World Heritage Sites, and working towards Malaysia making it into top 10 least corrupt countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index by 2030.

  • Review China investment after GE14

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