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Lately the Election Commission is making more noise than ever-after the politicians said to inhibit its action before had come forward to form the PSC on electoral reform. One would expect that since the EC had for years leave it to the politicians to call the shots then why it is making more noise now? If it can prove its relevance by doing a good job as a fair election administrator it had its long time to do so. After squandering the opportunities now they want to show their `expertise’ by mumbling about their `investigation’ into the options of electoral reforms. Their previously trumpeted 30 items of reforms to the electoral system had all but forgotten, conveniently perhaps. The politicians are making noises on electoral reforms which seems to be contradictory-but may just reflect the politicking behind the scene. One said they will call 13th GE irrespective of PSC -and another one said they will form the PSC irrespective, as though the people don’t figure in their deliberations and decision-making. May be one day the people will get to manage their affairs irrespective of UMNO politicians since the people are the real and legitimate boss of the country!

EC Still Studying Best System To Improve Electoral Process
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Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:15

KUALA LUMPUR — The Election Commission (EC) is still studying the best system to be used to improve the running of future general elections in the country.

Its chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the EC, for instance, was studying the legal aspects of using the biometric system and indelible ink, especially if the two methods were to be made compulsory for voters.

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Humbling moment for film makers after a challenging experience!

Joachim & Weng Yow busy chronicling their humbling experience!

The making of the Bengoh film had a few brushes with the `security apparatus’ of Sarawak-and the crews were lucky to be able to returned unhindered after finishing with their shoots! To get to the Bengoh villages they need to pass through a security post set up by the JKR. Outsiders were required to apply a permit from the JKR office in their Kuching office located in the Wisma Seberkas. At the 1st encounter with the JKR security post at Kampong Bengoh just outside the Bengoh dam the producer Ong BK was picked up by the Immigration department and sent back to KL with a 1-way ticket. That was not all.
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PERIMETER SURVEY AND SECTION 6 OF THE LAND CODE DOWNGRADES NCR LAND STATUS SAYS YB ALI BIJU of N34 KRIAN.

In the Utusan Borneo on 23rd August, it was reported that NCR lands at Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok, an area covering 1,024.8 ha, have been declared as Communal Reserve Land under Section 6 of the Land Code on the 7th of April, 2011. The Section 6 status was granted to the natives in these areas after Perimeter Survey was conducted earlier this year on these lands.

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The mainstream press is busy manufacturing `consent' now

But not too long ago the same Penans held their own press conference to speak their mind-but the same mainstream press refused to print their words!

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Logger's machineries are found damaged after the residents' protests in Tebedu.

The plot thickens-the Tebedu residents protested repeatedly and risk arrests to stop logging in their ancestral lands. Yet the voting results in the area still return the incumbent party/candidate who support the logging. Why?

The video is here.Camera woman and editor: Niloh Ason of SADIA.It is a production of TV Sarawak Bebas, a community based video documentation group.

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Speculating the date of elections is a risky sport in Malaysia. But there is more risk in being caught off guard. So after a dry run by BN, Rm1.5bil doled out to the `needy’, hectic visits to all the relevant constituencies by the PM-then what more are they waiting-especially after the oct 3rd Budget speech which will pile up all the goodies that the national coffer can afford?

Najib to hit the ground weekly ahead of GE13

By Jahabar Sadiq
Editor
August 25, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has signalled to his Cabinet that the next general election is near, telling them yesterday he intends to hit the ground weekly from Friday to Sunday after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri break to meet people and assess the political landscape.Sources told The Malaysian Insider that the prime minister wants the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) prepared for the polls, which could be held anytime within the next six months, although a major worry is that a number of divisions “have yet to get their act together”.

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