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The expected election strategy for both sides in the semi-urban and semi-rural seat of Tenang in the coming by-election will focus on appeal to separate ethnic groups in the constituency and more national issues by the PR. Is there another way to do it-especially one which will bring the politics of the country to more modern, policy oriented and non-racial approach? This is a proposal:

Mixed semi-urban and semi-rural seats are actually the fault lines of Malaysian politics. The differences here are:

1. Too much ethnic politicking doesn’t work here-the 3 major ethnic groups are here-half of Malays,1/3 Chinese and 12% Indians as ethnic `king maker’; BN deploy its local ethnic parties to work on 3 etnic groups separately -using 3 separate messages which may not be consistent-a strategy which is supplemented by allocations announcements by various visiting Federal Ministers; PR try to copy this half way and make up for their lack of ethnic campaigners in the 3 major ethnic groups by raising national issues and big ceramahs;

2. Challenges to policies are many-from urban to rural ones. BN will bring out its `only BN can bring development’ weapons-supplemented by real life demonstration of tarring roads, erecting lamp posts etc. PR will attack on the failures of development/corruption to highlight its higher competence and cleaner administration;

So: is there a `3rd way’ to campaign strategy’? This is a sketch/ABC of 3rd campaign strategy in semi-rural seats:

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Jaringan Orang Asal advocate the return to elected Tuai Rumah for the long houses-so they elected their own Exco line up for the coming year:

Senarai AJK JOAS 2011-2012

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Malaysian voters  seems to depend on unhealthy elected representatives to have mid-term review of their ruling parties whether at state assembly or Parliamentary levels-wonder if there should be a better system for doing it. Now a special opportunity emerged when an UMNO Assemblyperson Datuk Sulaiman Taha(condolences to the family of the deceased) passed away this morning to test the preparation of PR to win seats in Johor-UMNO’s strong hold. It has been argued that PR is better placed to fight in Johor than in Sarawak based on logistic and other reasons-despite the fact that there are seats in Eastern Malaysia with lesser majority of victories for BN in Sarawak and Sabah.  This informal `policy’ seems to have been validated circumstantially by the constant complaints of lack of support from the Eastern PKR members as well as by the lack of appearance of the West Malaysians PR leaders in the Eastern states compared to the BN counterparts. So may be a test of how `easier’ this challenge to go to Johor can be provided by the coming by-election. The fact that the seat is in the northern tip ie nearer to PR’s north-bound sphere of influence may give some leverage to PR supporters who could come all the way from the capital to support the campaign. They only need to dent the huge majority (more than 24%) to show how far it is worth the effort to invest more campaign capital in the stronghold of UMNO. In going for UMNO’s strong holds PR is going against normal campaign logic which dictate that inroads are easier made in the areas with weakest winning majorities of your opponent rather than their strongholds.

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More female politicians needed
Chris Reubens(Malaysian Mirror)
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:39
FEATURE When singer Helen Reddy bleated out her song, “I can do anything, I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” in the 70s, a large number of women in Sarawak were still confined to the duty of a housewife and mother.

Thirty years down the road, women are helping to contribute double-income for the family, and to ease their spouses’ burden to put bread and butter on the table.
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The election timetables are keeping all interested parties on their tip-toe: latest event to watch is the announced delay of UMNO’s poll by 18 months, which has been read as facilitating the calling of a snap poll -probably in March. If that come to pass there is a likelihood that the Sarawak state poll, due latest by July 2011,  could be synchronised. There is a well known attraction for such an option to serve the interests of various parties from both sides of the South China Sea-so its likelihood is on the card.

The timing of the elections may center on the Sarawak’s CM: if the state poll is delayed further it may facilitate nudging out the longest serving CM of Sarawak. Conversely the Sarawak CM is expected to welcome faster state poll with a view to stay on. There is no clarity on which side will have their way yet.

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Automatic registration of voters will enfranchise 4mil citizens and save RM200mil over. There is no 1 measure that the government can take that has such efficiency! So indeed, why does the govt not do it? Blaming Anwar has been used to evade the issue.

Still no to automatic voter registration, says Putrajaya

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
October 26, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — The Najib Administration maintained today that it would not implement an automatic registration system for voters, saying that ultimately it was entirely up to Malaysians whether they wanted to vote.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today that enforcing automatic registration would be too “complicated” and might affect the percentage of voters in a general election.

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Statutory Amendment Proposed to Allow Citizens Overseas to Vote by Postal Ballot

ARCHIVES 2010
Friday, 08 October 2010


Translated into English by Sim Tze Wei, Oriental Daily

The Malaysian Election Commission is not neglecting the voting rights of a million Malaysians residing overseas, but is actively studying ways to amend the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 to make such persons entitled to postal votes.
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