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Archive for November 3rd, 2010

There are a number of role swaps between the parties during the 2 by-elections which are challenging: The EC changed its muted style on vote buying to refute the role swap by PAS when it is the party-instead of BN, who dole out `welfare payments’ to poor Orang Aslis who are also voters. It is encouraging that finally the EC open its eyes and mouth on vote buying when it continue to close its eyes and mouth on BN’s giving out zinc to Batu Sapi’s poor residents-not to mention numerous other instant road building projects and other official allocations! The joke of the day must be the alleged MCA’s Rm100.00 pay-out to voters-which successfully fooled hundreds of supposedly BN faithful to brave hot sun to queue up to collect the money. That the money was not given out still cannot cover up the fact the voters have been `schooled’ to expect BN to give cash hand-outs during elections. Indeed much `allocations’ have been handed out to various chinese associations in Sandakan to woo the voters there. Yet the EC’s retain its inelegant silence-failing to play its role as an impartial refree in a fair competition.

Anyway the role swaps are not encouraging since there are signs that the election culture had taken a turn for the worse rather than the other way round. When both sides resort to vote buying what is there for voters to rely on to make policy-based comparisons? Who will win-the side giving more money-or the side with better policies? Both sides are responsible for such a plunge in the election culture!

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Sebangan villagers lodging polcie reports on the logging companies-but there was no police actions to match their promptness following the loggers' police reports!

Read from these blogs/posting on the great Sebangan 7 who were arrested for defending the rainforests in Sebangan:

1. Blog by Sebangan residents here; First hand account by a Tuai Rumah Numpang Suntai’s family members;

2. A post here by June- who was an alibi of Mujah’s absence when he was accused along with the others of setting fire to the logging camp;

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Vast interior of Sarawak enjoy little infrmation in and out of it. TVSB will try to change this.

Sarawak interior is a black hole both in terms as a source of info as well as the target of information. But most of the legislature’s seats are located here-and it potentially will decide who will occupy Putrajaya come the next general elections. The vacuum call out for it to be filled-and TV Sarawak Bebas is an effort to do so. See the trailer here.

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