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Archive for June 16th, 2010

ha.....no surprise?

The news has it that there will be `surprise’ in next general elections-but will there be any? Our predictions: BN will allow the shortest possible campaign period-about 8 days. Surprise? There will be plenty of good news announced ahead of the likely date eg peaking quarterly economic performance, buoyant stock market, charging FDI’s etc. Surprise? Then there will also be announcement of special bonuses for civil servants, FELDA settlers, special pay-off for Amanah Saham holders etc etc. Surprise?

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This is a secret as SPR do not disclose its registration rate so far. However a rare disclosure of the civil servants which the SPR try to register over unsepcified period shows that they only get 309 new voters/electors from 73 government agencies out of 122 available in Sarawak. That is only about the same as a 1-week registration by 3 participants of the Sarawak Road Show last week! They should reconsider their passive and selective approach! As a correction they should admit that Sarawak, at 33.8%, is the champion in unregistered voters among all Malaysian states-not considering the 2 Federal territories. Assuming that the 309 voters are registered over 1 month period they will take 130 years for them to register all current 470 000 unregistered voters! Performance now?

SPR sasar daftar 470 ribu pemilih baru di Sarawak
Feb 19, 10 2:33pm
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Sarawak has its own shares of political frogs-the latest being Gabriel Idit of Ngemah constituency. How to deal with defection which give due consideration to the rights of elected representatives as well as the voters? Anti-hopping law may work for voters-and they deserve more considerations here since they are least consulted in all these dealing and wheeling. Another way is through recall laws-which allows voters to hold referendum on elected representatives which defect or perform badly. May be that will keep all defectors in check when the 1st defector is successfully recalled by the voters! The arguement by Dr M that the Opposition are quiet when the BN rep defect shows that the voters cannot be kept out of the deliberations on what to do with defecting representatives who do it not for voters interests-but for settling personal debts, for instance!

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Whether you believe it or not voter registrations campaigns are gathering steam-only to find themselves constrained by the unhelpful attitude of the SPR! In Selangor DAP’s Tony Pua found that the SPR there only allow them 1000 forms/month-in contrast to their past performance where they can register 2-3000 new voters! Why is the SPR not happy to see more new voters being registered when there are close to 30% eligible citizens not registered and therefore disenfranchised? Similar problem had been reported in Sarawak and elsewhere. So: what is the SPR doing to increase its efficiency to register more voters when it is not able to allow others to help?

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