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A PBB Assembly women Fatimah claim that 7 days is enough for the candidates to campaign in the coming state elections. Others disagreed with her-including the EC which stick to 10 days campaign period. So can we see if Fatimah will only campaign for 7 days in this coming state elections? But then is the 10 days enough?Both sides in the elections have by all intent and purposes started their campaigns-even though the official campaign period only start from Apr 6th, which is next Wed. If EC’s job is to base its election administration on the consensus of the contending parties then why is it not announce a longer campaign period which all sides practically are demanding? Is the purpose to keep a short official campaign period to stop the Opposition parties to campaign while giving free reign to the ruling BN?

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Last night when Dr Jeniri Amir of Unimas speak about growing support of Sibu voters for Pakatan in Astro Awani talk show program `Focus on Sarawak’ the unthinkable thing of the swanky studio of Awani happened: the telephone line broke off and Dr Jeniri was never given another chance to continue his answers to a panel accompanying the presenter! It was as though there was some minder overseeing the program if the invited speaker step out of line! Another Dayak academic put in very diplomatic language of Dayaks being left out in employment opportunities at state and federal agencies his complaint was ignored. He went as far as to suggest that the coming state election is a referendum on the unspoken policy to keep Dayaks out of State and Federal employment opportunities.

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The Transparency International president Paul Low refuted defacto Law Minister Nazri’s assertion in Parliament that giving cash and kind during election is not corruption. He reportedly draw the line on giving of cash as inducement for votes-which it consider a crime. Other than that all other pledges are electoral promises-which are also indulge in by the non-ruling parties and thus does not constitute a legal offense despite that it could be a moral problem. This position is refuted by Bersih’s spokeperson Ambiga who consider all inducement of votes to fall under the Election Offenses Act. Now; where is the line if we adopt not just a legal perspective -but also a standard from free and fair perspective?

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30th March 2011

CFM MEDIA STATEMENT

PROTECT AND DEFEND CHRISTIANS’ RIGHT TO USE THE ALKITAB

We are grateful to Almighty God for bringing together Christian leaders from across churches in Semenanjung, Sabah and Sarawak to address the current controversy surrounding the impounding of Bahasa Malaysia Bibles, the Alkitab, at Port Klang and Kuching. This decision weighs heavily on us because of the implications not only for Christians but for all Malaysians.

We are united in our reaffirmation of the freedom of religion and worship. Therefore, our position is that there should be no restrictions, proscriptions or prohibitions whatsoever on the Bible or the use of the language of our choice in the practice of our religion, as it was in the days before and after the formation of Malaysia.

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Abstract:

A regime obsessed with colossal victories by its very nature breeds a
strong resistance towards changes that may reduce its political advantage. To fuel
such a political culture within the Malaysian society, the governing coalition has
resorted to continuous, conscious and calculated legitimisation of its actions to
secure electoral victory. Such an end can only be met through serious top-down
distortion of electoral democracy.193
Barring an independent Election Commission and appropriate judicial
remedies, electoral democracy risks being irretrievably jettisoned in Malaysia.194
Instead of the continuous legitimisation of an uninterrupted plebiscitary pseudodemocracy,
urgent electoral reforms – in many areas – are needed in Malaysia to
restore public confidence in its electoral system, as well as to ensure the
legitimacy of its political system.

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KENYATAAN MEDIA
SURUHANJAYA PILIHAN RAYA MALAYSIA
PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE-10 DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI
SARAWAK
1. Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) telah menerima pemakluman
rasmi daripada Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak
pada 21 Mac 2011 berhubung dengan pembubaran Dewan
Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak.
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Good starter to know about Sarawak!

Go here to see great videos made recently on Sarawak. Essential viewing. Videos are made by various sources, including Aljazeera and local video makers.

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