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Something funny is happening: EC kick the ball to the Parliament on whether there is to be a by-election in Batu-the constituency of Tian Chua(PKR) who had been convicted of a police biting charge and fined Rm2000.00-the threshold where the seat should be vacated. Expectably the Parliament’s speaker returned the ball.  What is essentially a legal issue is now turned into a political one! What happen to the constitutionalism and rule of law in the country-the 3rd and 4th item of our Rukun Negara?

  • KEPERCAYAAN KEPADA TUHAN
  • KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA
  • KELUHURAN PERLEMBAGAAN
  • KEDAULATAN UNDANG-UNDANG
  • KESOPANAN DAN KESUSILAAN

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Campaign periods 1959-2008

Perdana Menteri
Tahun
Hari Penamaan
Hari
Mengundi
Tempoh Kempen
Tunku Abdul Rahman
1959
15 Julai
19 Ogos
35 hari
Tunku Abdul Rahman
1964
21 Mac
25 April
35 hari
Tunku Abdul Rahman
1969
24 Mac
10 Mei
47 hari
Tun Razak Hussain
1974
8 Ogos
24 Ogos
16 hari
Tun Hussein Onn
1978
12 Jun
8 Julai
26 hari
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1982
7 April
22 April
15 hari
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1986
24 Julai
3 Ogos
10 hari
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1990
11 Oktober
21 Oktober
10 hari
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1995
15 April
25 April
10 hari
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1999
20 November
29 November
9 hari
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
2004
13 Mac
21 Mac
8 hari

Abdullah Ahmad Badawai 2008    24Feb            8 Mac        13 hari

The elections after Tun Mahathir started his first term as Prime Minister sawcampaign periods  squeezed to its legal minimum ie 9-10 days. Compare this to the 47 days max(1969) allowed under the 1st Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, and at least 1 month in UK. Many times the opposition and others complained justifiably that the period is too short-but to no avail. Now after Kelantan CM Nik Aziz asked for 3  month notice PM Najib fall back on the Constitution and past practice to refuse the request. However he is only half right: as mentioned above the longest campaign period was 47 days under Tunku. He also allowed 2 elections with 35 days campaign period(1959,1964). In the spirit of democracy and to let people enough time to make up their mind and for all parties and candidates to campaign the appeal for more notice should be considered. So what if the PM insist on using the short period to the incumbent’s advantage? Here is a catch:

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