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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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Hot sales of electoral rolls at EC office!

As of 5.00pm yesterday the Election Commission office in Kuching was a hive of activities where the electoral rolls are being sold like a `pasar malam’(night market). But there are 4 seats where the electoral roll is still baking in the oven: Baleh (incumbent: Masing), Asa Jaya, Pelagus(incumbent: Larry Sng) and Kartibas. Why are these electoral rolls not done yet? Are not all the rolls finalised and gazetted already according to announcement by the EC Chair Tan Sri Abdul Aziz a few days ago? Can gazetted rolls still be changed? The EC staff claimed that they can still change the rolls if there is a fire that burn down a polling center! Well did anyone hear of any polling center being burnt lately-and so many of them that they affect all 4 constituencies? The EC is well advised to sort this out and provide a more credible answer ASAP so that there would not be more damaging speculations on these 4 really `hot’ seats!

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EC identified 9 hot seats for the Sarawak state elections-an unprecedented move with dubious meanings! Firstly if there were to be security alert it should be the police’s job to highlight the hot spots. So far Sarawak’s elections are rather tame compared to West Malaysia-where there had not been any `hot seats’ identified by the EC. Wonder why? Is there any reasons to do this-could there be an intention to create an artificial security situation to scare the voters? Worse, the response proposed to the `hot seats’ is really a joke. The sending of `enforcement teams’ thus far has not shown them enforcing the Election Offenses Act on big items like vote buying, abuses of government resources (personnel, programs, allocations, media etc) to support incumbent party and Federal ruling party’s campaign, bias media etc. What has been `enforced’ are the minor items like where the posters and banners are put up! Worse there is no hot line for the public to reach these almost invisible `enforcers’! At the Sibu by-election SEW observers tried very hard before they can speak to 1 of these `enforcement teams’! So: is these enforcement teams window dressing or what? Similarly the accreditation of Mafrel as observers is given a downplay which show that EC only want a muted observer as window dressing. They are not into following international norms to allow observers to play their full role to give independent feedback to the EC to improve their election administration. So much for the `9 hot seats’ -may be just to show the toothless `enforcement teams’ relevance where there is little to show!

 

Report from Bernama:

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mengenalpasti sembilan kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) yang dijangka sengit pada pilihan raya negeri Sarawak bulan depan, kata Timbalan Pengerusinya Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

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诗巫发展政策表述会 2011年3月28日晚上7点 华团大厦常青堂

<为诗巫寻找新突破口>,由砂拉越诗巫省华人社团联合会主办,砂拉越中区友谊协会协办的专案论坛,将于上述时间与地点举行。四位主讲人是:

  1. 人联党诗巫支部宣教秘书严建安
  2. 人联党诗巫支部副宣教秘书程明智
  3.  民主行动党砂州联委会主席兼诗巫区国会议员黄和联
  4. 人民公正党南兰区部主席曾宪爵

主持人是理大大众传播系硕士,美里葛汀大学讲师吴昱莹和新闻从业员詹雪梅(广州暨南大学国际新闻系学士,新加坡国立大学中文系硕士)。

主讲人表述过后是民众时间,让民众自由对有关议题向主讲人发问或表述。第十届砂拉越州选举将于下个月十六日举行,这个论坛将是一个让民众了解相关政党的政策以及和政党面对面交流的好机会,希望诗巫人民能够踊跃出席。

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