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Archive for June 13th, 2011

You won’t believe it: UMNO is dead against unfair elections! These are real words reportedly come from a real UMNO leader from Penang: `the state government has not been clear and transparent on the balloting process, especially on the respective mosque voters’ list.‘(see report below) Notice that his objections are raised even before the said elections have been held. But his objections could arise from his experiences in UMNO’s party elections where the frauds probably took place, as well as in the state/parliament elections administered by the Election Commission.  Despite the well documented defects of the elections in the party and legislature levels UMNO never object to the practice of elections in those areas. But it is objecting to elections in the mosques! But taking their concern positively we would invite Mr Zainal Abidin Osman of Penang UMNO to join a Caucus -preferably set up by the Penang State Assembly, to look into improving electoral practices in all levels-be it mosque, state assembly or Parliament. This same committee can even look into carrying out local government elections! So we are looking forward to Mr Zainal Abidin Osman’s response!

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Aktivis anti-Taib mohon campur tangan Agong

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elegant silence?

The last time Bernama’s `news’ that Taib’s offer to step down was to `test the water’ became a reason enough for Taib’s siblings to knock on the doors of Borneo Post-which printed the news. The poor editor was suspended. Compare to that `news’-which was mere speculation and fair comment by the media, the `news’ about the freezing of Taib’s assets by the Swiss’ Anti-Corruption Agency must count as much more humiliating and de-stablising for his government. However the Taib’s proud family members are maintaining a conspicuous `elegant silence’! Why????

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A call came in this afternoon from MACC Kuching to request information collected by MEO-Net on frauds in the 10th Sarawak state elections. The male voice said that they saw the news in Nanyang Siang Pao and wanted me to lodge a report officially in Kuching. I suppose this guy does not know that I had been barred to enter Sarawak. I told him that the current regulations on lodging report amount to volunteering to shut up on the corruption-something which is uncomparable to making police reports. The guy did not counter my complaint-which I told him we had raised with MACC Putrajaya and Kuching officers before. He ended by saying that he will send his Kuching office address to me by email so I can forward the evidences to him. He also said he will call me more to clarify the points in the evidences.  What to make of this `interests’ from the federally run MACC, after Taib kicked me out in the middle of my post-election fact finding mission in Sarawak?

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See...my perception is different from reality!

BN Chairman Najib asked for his party’s cyber warfare unit to be upgraded to counter the Opposition’s more `crafty’ cyber attacks, and to create positive perceptions for BN where none may exist in reality. In simple terms: lie to the public!  So is the urging behind Bernama’s apparent planting of the premature `news’ that a Swiss `Anti-Corruption Agency’ had `frozen’ Taib’s assets? By all’s reckoning the agency investigating Taib is Swiss’ FINMA, overseeing the Swiss’ anti-money laundering legislations, not `Anti-Corruption Agency’. The freezing of assets is a possible penalty from a guilty verdict-but so far no one had heard of FINMA having finished their work, let alone announce any verdict/penalty. Bernama ia a federally controlled national news agency and is publicly funded. Wonder if the public would support its creative `news’ reporting that apparently serve the political maneuvering of its political master? Najib asked his party to work along these lines-which would make a big bro out of the `media':

The Umno machinery needs to work hard and draw up new strategies to raise the perception and aspiration of the people concerning the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in line with the current development in the mass communication technology such as the short messaging service (SMS), the social websites Twitter and Facebook, what was more important in politics was the perception and not reality.(Report by Bernama-see below for full report)

June 12, 2011 21:04 PM

Umno And BN Machinery Need To Work Hard To Raise Public Perception

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