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This is a testimony from a colleague of Dr Jeyakumar from Sarawak:

From Dr Francis HH Ngu

YB Dr Michael Jeyakumar is known to me when he was a junior officer at Sarawak General Hospital, where I was Acting Medical Superintendent (1983-1987).

Even then he was most outstanding as a Government Officer of uncommon social responsibility, providing patient service unflinchingly regardless of heavy workloads. Indeed he showed his concern for patients well beyond his immediate patient care responsibilities at SGH.

I recall that as a junior Medical Officer at SGH, he actively canvassed for :

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There has been a lively debate on whether using indelible ink or biometric system will be more effective in curbing electoral frauds such as personation and multiple voting. I would like to put forward a few points here from my experience as an international election observer to dispel some myths around the issue.

Many electoral democracies in Asia have been moving towards multiple identification system to ensure voter identification is done right. Bangladesh and Philippines lead in using electoral rolls with photograph to provide easy identification of voters, on top of the usual identification card and name. As if this is not enough some countries eg Philippines require voters who have claimed their ballot to sign a receipt of the ballot to stop the same person or another person, from claiming a second ballot using the same identity. In these countries indelible ink is also used to add another layer of safeguard on voter identification, which can be utilised in the most challenging situations eg locations where there is no electricity. So the trend is towards multiple system of identification rather than relying on one supposedly sure-fire method.

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KENYATAAN AKHBAR RANI – ISTERI DR. JEYAKUMAR DI IPOH, 2PM 28 Julai 2011

Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj melancarkan Mogok Lapar dalam tahanan ?

Apabila saya jumpa suami saya Dr Jeyakumar pada 11 pagi semalam, 27hb. Julai 2011, beliau suarakan perasaannya yang sangat hampa dan kecewa dengan pendirian polis dan kerajaan terhadap enam aktivis PSM yang ditahan di bawah EO sejak 2 Julai 2011.

Menurutnya, polis enggan berganjak dari posisi asal mereka walaupun PSM 6 telah bekerjasama penuh dan menjawab kesemua soalan yang ditanya semasa soalsiasat dijalankan. Walaupun polis tidak dapat sebarang bukti untuk menjustifikasikan pertahanan lanjutan, namun beliau pasti tempoh tahanan mereka akan dilanjutkan sebab polis dan kerajaan ada agenda sendiri dan mempunyai tujuan untuk memangsakan PSM6 .

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Another installment of electoral imagination: imagine this time that the Election Commission pro-actively vet winners of the elections to clear them of irregularities and frauds in Malaysia! The Thai’s EC do it regularly and in one past election the powerful and dutiful Thai EC nullified 40 out of 500 winners in a national poll(8%)! If the EC here does its job well may be we would see more than 8% of our candidates rejected!Imagine that as a deterrent against the candidates who now violate the laws with impunity!!!!!

Thai poll body gives go-ahead for parliament to sit

July 27, 2011

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The Election Commission is reportedly proposing, among 30 ideas, to do away with poster wars during elections! It may means that voters may not see any posters -including the Opposition posters that remind the voters of their presence. Without the posters and without publicity in the mainstream paper, TVs and radios the Opposition’s presence will merely be felt in the alternative media-limiting its coverage to only half of the voters-and actually only those who are willing to turn to Opposition’s blogs and web sites! How did the EC come out with such an idea?

There are actually precedence to such poster-less elections. In the university campuses the students council elections have been done without free postering. Every poster have to follow a standard size and colour scheme. Each copy need to be stamped by the university administration. If it has been done in the campuses for years-and never met any poud opposition, why not expand the idea to the wider society? On the face of it it may even claim to help save some trees -including the ones used to print dollar notes! However given the little access of the Opposition to the mainstream media it may mean that the opposition may well disappear from most of the public spaces!

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Wan Ahmad being booed from beginning to bottom

The debate between EC and Bersih was nothing like a debate: the EC started off on a wrong footing and got booed till the end! The EC spokeperson Wan Ahmad claim to be an election manager with all changes in laws and regulations to be approved by the politicians. In that case the politicians behind the EC should perhaps be the debaters instead! In anycase their reading of the laws is flawed-due partly to their lack of training and background in election administration. They need to be told by the Bersih chair Ambiga that the EC is the only body mentioned in the Constitution to administer elections where they are empowered to obtain assistance from all other government departments! Further their appointment is as secured  as high court judges-so they should have no fear of pushing free and fair elections. When challenged repeatedly to disclose the amendments proposed by the EC to the ruling party the EC spokeperson choose to remain silent. When the EC spikeperson was booed repeatedly he sought refuge in the `rural voters’ who still respect EC. Wonder why they choose to seek respect only from BN’s remaining strongholds?

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WWF says blindsided by Borneo deforestation claim

By Lisa J. Ariffin
July 25, 2011

Greenpeace activists stage a protest against deforestation in the Brazilian town of Claudia, Agust 9, 2005. — Reuters pic

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