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A Sarawwakian minister reject June 3rd as a 13th GE date not so much that it is close to the new year period of the majority Ibans in Sarawak-but more because he is scared that the homecoming Ibans from more exposed urban areas, would come back to influence the locals’ minds to not vote the incumbent! If they are so scared of these younger folks influencing the local voters-how much more you think they are afraid of giving these younger well-traveled folks  a postal vote? It is sort of `funny’ that these politicians are so frank in their simple political calculus which show how little they regard the people’s voting rights!

Too close to Gawai Dayak, Mawan says

Posted on March 18, 2012, Sunday

BINTULU: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan did not agree with holding the general election on June 3 as it was too close to Gawai Dayak.

“It is still in the duration of Gawai and I think it is not appropriate, especially in the context of the rural community in Sarawak. I am not sure about Sabah,” Mawan told the media after chairing SPDP’s annual general meeting here yesterday.

Mawan who is also Minister of Social Development said if the general election was held on that date, there was a possibility voters coming back for the Gawai Dayak could influence their counterparts in the longhouses and villages with their views of local issues.

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The changing of voters’ districts due to the EC’s `correction’ of the voting district boundaries could cost Tan Sri Khalid his CM post: according to election law an Assemblyman has to be a resident of the constituency he compete in-or at least has an address there. If Tan Sri Khalid’s address has been changed to KL he lost the Selangor address and therefore disqualified even to stand as a candidate in Selangor! Without being an elected Assemblyman in Selangor he also cannot be a Selangor CM. He does has a problem to sort out -and sort out soon!

Ambiga: ‘Bersih 3.0’ necessary if electoral reforms fail

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
March 17, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — A “Bersih 3.0” rally may be necessary, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has cautioned Putrajaya, pointing to lagging polls reforms and reports of a sudden surge of voters in some parliamentary constituencies.

The Bersih 2.0 chairman said that “a long time” has passed since last year’s July 9 rally but Malaysians have yet to see significant polls reforms implemented, some of which could be done without the recommendation of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reforms.

The PSC was formed last year to address concerns over the country’s election system after the Najib administration earned international condemnation for its handling of the Bersih 2.0 rally.

“Looking at the way things are going now, we may have no choice.

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Vote buying has been alleged and proven in numerous instances by various groups-from former PM Tun Mahathir to carious election observers in the past. But the ruling party UMNO which has been the target of criticism thus far try to deny it. So why not have a public debate between a recent accuser-who is from UMNO, and also the UMNO current information chief? As pointed out: the truth will come out the more one debate about the issues! The voters will be the one who will benefit from such open debates!

Tengku Adnan: Umno ‘never’ bought votes

By Clara Chooi
March 17, 2012

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When PSC(Parlaiment Select Committee) on electoral reform was started there were serious reservation on what it can do-given that a previous PSC on integrity was snubbed by various departments which refused to attend its hearing. Helmed similarly by a light weight East Malaysian MP (Max Ongkili) the PSC on electoral reform was specifically said to be staffed by `junior BN’ MPs as an exercise to train them rather than to really deliberate on something significant. True to form the PSC only dwell on minor things -not significant reform issues eg independence of EC, financing of parties, timeline and recruitment of election etc. Now towards the end of the PSC’s 6-month mandate the EC still play hide and seek on several issues -specifically on the overseas citizens’ voting rights. This concern only a small fraction of voters-yet the EC dare to hold up the PSC’s (and the Parliament’s) instruction to enfranchise the overseas voters. Many countries which are poorer than Malaysia can do it-why not Malaysia? The intention to put down PSC led by an East Malaysian and junior BN MP is all too clear for all to see. The EC is still beholden to the PM who appoint them, who were drawn from retiring civil servants who have no prior experience in election administration-but plenty of experience in kowtowing to the political bosses! The campaign for electoral reforms need to go back to the people-and not to put too much hope on the PSC(Please Sit Comfortably?)

EC: Electoral reform process to conclude at PSC meet tomorrow

By Clara Chooi
March 13, 2012

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The EC reportedly want to introduce the following changes to the election rules: media reps will be allowed to register as postal voters; early vote counting will be stopped. If we look at the 1st change-how does it compare to allowing the overseas and out-of-constituency voters eg East Malaysians working in West Malaysia, to enjoy their voting rights? If we look at the 2nd change-how does it compare to publicising the election results by postering it at the polling station rather than only give a copy to the party rep? This is the style of the EC-dwelling into the minor areas-and purposely miss out the bigger pictures!

13th GE is around the corner-yet the EC is still beating around the bush on electoral reforms. EC should remember that if the people feel too frustrated to express their wishes through the ballot boxes they may resort to other means es what happened in numerous Middle East countries. In Egypt electoral frauds is one of the motivators for their revolution. Do the EC try to push their people into desperation by blocking all the reasonable requests from the people to make the election process more transparent and reasonable? The only worthy part of these news is that the EC is reported to be briefing the Returning Officers -in their active preparation for the forthcoming elections. Watch out!!!

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Egyptian adores Malaysia as one of the few  `muslim democracies’ in the world. Little do they know that the Egyptian laws, especially post revolution, had surpassed Malaysia. The following are a comparison between the election laws between the 2 countries:

* Egypt allows direct election of the top executive-the president; Malaysia leave the important post to the winning parties in the Parliament;

*Egypt use indelible ink even before revolution; Malaysia will use it if it is not stopped again before the 13th General Eletions;

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Big dams require extra security because it pose high security risk due to its vulnerability to sabotage.But the high security of Bakun dam may be motivated by other consideration: the under-performance of the dam! Keep it from public views may be the perfect way to keep the people ignorant of the level of performance of the dam. But the people may still have to foot the bills via EPF so long that Bakun dam still require subsidies from the investors, which include EPF. So-isn’t it neat: keep the public in the dark about the bakun’s underperformance-and take away the public’s fund through the dark channels of EPF-a people’s fund!

Bakun Dam to become a restricted area

Posted on March 2, 2012, Friday

BAKUN: The Bakun Hydroelectric Dam will soon become a restricted area once the government gazettes it as a high security zone, reveals Sarawak Hidro managing director cum chief executive officer Zulkifle Osman.

He said the decision by the government would be known “in a month or two”.

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