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At a 2 day students summit PM Najib was reported to say that the Federal Constitution need to be amended to allow Malaysians working overseas to vote by postal votes. However the Election Commission itself had said that there is no law forbidding these overseas Malaysians to vote by postal votes -in fact the EC has been given a discretionary power to allow postal votes to anyone the EC deem fit! The EC itself has admitted that only the logistic barrier existed to stop overseas Malaysians from using the postal votes-no legal issue! Yet the PM claim that he was not able to allow it unless the opposition supported the BN to amend the Constitution!

If the report is correct he is just dropping some bull*&^%!

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Recently UMNO/BN Chair Najib has been rebutting the Bersih’s criticism of unfair polls by putting up the little history in Kelantan in 2005 where UMNO was only 2 votes away from retaking Kelantan. He claimed that UMNO/BN could have come out with 3 votes if there were unfair polls. His story was however, as usual, a bad spin from the fact! What happened: In 2004 BN had its political tsunami-though it was never called that way. BN swept 92% of parliamentary seats where the Opposition only retain Kelantan state, with 3 seat majority. Come anther year one Assemblyman died-and PAS lost the seat by a small majority. Then there was only 1 seat majority left for PAS-including a seat, Kemuning, which was won in 2004 by a 2-vote majority! Why UMNO/BN didn’t try to `come out’ with 3 votes from somewhere? We need to know that during the nomination in 2004 the then UMNO chief Badawi and an Assemblyman in Kepala Batas constituency were caught without submitting their election expenses account from previous election! While he used his influence over EC then to allow him and his assemblyman candidate to run he had a problem that need solving after the poll.

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The best of Bernama reporters are blinkered?

Bernama journalists try to do a more personal blogging style of reporting on the Bersih march-but their prejudices shown through their various unsubstantiated assertions which they try to pass as their `testimony’ and eye-witness accounts. Some openly aired prejudices are clear eg a journalist said she was scared of the rally turning violent because she has `seen’ such turning of event on TVs. Wonder which TV she watches or is it the imagined Tv in her head? Does the `Tv’ she watched show peaceful demonstrations that happen all over the world on a daily basis? Then another journalist said he/she saw some `detainees’ `try to be violent’ towards the police-in what ways? The serious allegation was left without substantiation! And it passed through Bernama editors’ standard of reporting! The fact that the reports took so long to come out now suggest that the reports may have been heavily edited, polished and doctored-in contrast to usual spontaneous blogging!

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