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`I have more money than I can ever spend...'

Many mainstream media are running the news on Taib’s investigation (see Star report below) -some only report his ministers supporting him while others are also reporting the anti-Taib activities eg the sending of memo to the King by MOCS. Implication: the investigation into Taib’s wealth is helping to popularise the cause of those in and out of Sarawak who want to see him removed for various reasons: plundering the state’s resources, destroying the rainforests, persecuting the Penans etc. Among Taib’s supporters their defense has been unconvinsing eg Karim Hamsah, Taib’s assistant, claim that a long serving politician is entitled to make some money and get rich-through corrupting government resources?  Dr Rundi, another Minister in Taib’s cabinet, claim that the investigation is meant to clear Taib’s name-if that were the case all the ministers should be investigated so that their name can likewise be cleared! From a media management perspective Taib is stepping further and further into a mud pond or quick sand, a journey of no return. The `Apco’ or whatever media folks advising the CM is showing how inept they are despite millions of payment!

Tuesday June 14, 2011

Group wants Taib investigated

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Election Commission found a hiccup to the voter registration process made by itself! The hiccup (best read in their own word below) should never exist in the first place if the voter registration is really run all year round in terms of registration, exhibition, objection and gazetting.  Instead we have year round registration, quarterly exbihition cum objection cum gazetting. So actually we only effectively have quarterly registration!Whose fault is it: the EC was the author of the current registration system-and thus it is their fault and no one else!

EC Looking Into Improving Voter Registration Process
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 07:15
KUALA LUMPUR — The Election Commission is looking into improving the voter registration process further so that voters facing objections will not delay the registration of other voters, said EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

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PKR's campaign `convention' to be launched ina few days

28 millions spent for the million youth gathering to `defend Putrajaya' for BN-is not this a campaign event?

After Najib called for the defence of Putrajaya at the `million youth gathering’ PKR will organise an election convention to launch its election campaign, complete with campaign slogan `Demi Rakyat’ and a logo, featurung 2 hands overlapping. Since the 2 parties are already stepping out to campaign is not the 13th General Elections already started in fact if not in name? This mirror the similar situation in Sarawak where both sides started campaign at least 1 year ahead of the official campaign period. What are the implications for the voters? Firstly it is money. The campaigning parties will be spending loads of people’s money but in the voters’ name. There was an estimate that BN spent about RM500mil for the Sarawak campaign. There is no estimate on what PR spent. There are a few problems for voters: do the voters approve the huge spending to get their votes? Actually they have no say since they have been returning the big spender party thus far-for over half a century! Thus RM28mil was spent on the million youth gathering for merely providing a campaign paltform for the BN party. Surely such an amount could have been better used if it were not directed for this purpose eg if the money s spent all over the country to run more youth programs.

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The Malaysian electoral rolls have been incomplete on several account:

1. Incomplete address -on average 30% have no house no, with many interior areas reaching 90% eg Kelantan, Sarawak. Some don’t give road number for urban residential locations-which is not excusable. Such lack of transparency can only create opportunities and suspicion of phantom voters had been mobilised to influence election results. The National Registration Dept actually has a more complete data base on all citizens-yet the EC refuse to use it and spend millions to register voters anew.

2. The sold copy also has no information on the ethnic background and religion-information which are required for voter registration. Why are they keeping these information away?

These are plain and crude way to manipulate the public, the opposition and election watchers. So it is not surprising that the accusation is made again-see report below:

Addresses missing from electoral roll, says PKR deputy

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It has been reported in Parliament that the Election Commission spent Rm50mil on the 10th Sarawak state elections, but the Home Ministry ie police, spent another RM30mil on it! There should be an audit on where the police spent the substantial money on providing security to elections where all the years the police claimed that the elections are peaceful and orderly? Just by way of comparison: in a typical polling station there should be 1 KTM, 3 polling clerks and a police at the door. On top of that there are another 2 polling clerks at the EC booth outside the class rooms/polling stations, and a  police at the main gate going into the polling centre, and possibly another police monitoring the 50m restricted zone. The EC staff are employed as new temporary staff whereas the police are all existing staff. So: how come the police spent so much money as a proportion of the EC’s expenses ie 60%? This is state election. In by-elections Police spend 5-10 times more than the EC!

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