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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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October 28, 2010 16:44 PM

There are about half a million of new voters each year-so if there are a quarter million of voters registered each quarter we are doing well to cover the natural voter growth. However this rate of voter registration only occur when elections fever is catching up. So the rate we have now is not the average for all the years between elections. Another issue: the registrations are not evenly distributed in the country-with less in rural/interior areas eg in Sabah & Sarawak. We will keep you informed if the about 1000 voters forms submitted to EC till June this year have been processed. ur last check shows less than 10% of them being approved. Even the 10% could be due to previous application!

246,962 Register As Voters

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) — A total of 246,962 people have registered as new voters from July to September this year.

The Election Commission said in a statement today that 32,494 present voters applied to change their polling station.

The Additional Electoral Rolls for the third quarter of 2010 will be displayed from Oct 27 to Nov 2.
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According to latest figures from the Parliament Election Commission spent Rm13.00 to register each voter! This is much higher than the RM4.50 spent previously. The EC spent overall Rm2.22mil last year to register 161148 new voters, leaving 4.3mil eligible citizens unregistered, or 27.4%. In contrast to the EC Assistant Registrars only are given Rm1.00 to register each new voter-so why is the EC not appoint more Assistant Registrars-especially from among the willing and able civil society members?

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There are a number of role swaps between the parties during the 2 by-elections which are challenging: The EC changed its muted style on vote buying to refute the role swap by PAS when it is the party-instead of BN, who dole out `welfare payments’ to poor Orang Aslis who are also voters. It is encouraging that finally the EC open its eyes and mouth on vote buying when it continue to close its eyes and mouth on BN’s giving out zinc to Batu Sapi’s poor residents-not to mention numerous other instant road building projects and other official allocations! The joke of the day must be the alleged MCA’s Rm100.00 pay-out to voters-which successfully fooled hundreds of supposedly BN faithful to brave hot sun to queue up to collect the money. That the money was not given out still cannot cover up the fact the voters have been `schooled’ to expect BN to give cash hand-outs during elections. Indeed much `allocations’ have been handed out to various chinese associations in Sandakan to woo the voters there. Yet the EC’s retain its inelegant silence-failing to play its role as an impartial refree in a fair competition.

Anyway the role swaps are not encouraging since there are signs that the election culture had taken a turn for the worse rather than the other way round. When both sides resort to vote buying what is there for voters to rely on to make policy-based comparisons? Who will win-the side giving more money-or the side with better policies? Both sides are responsible for such a plunge in the election culture!

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