|SUPP and DAP leaders finally met up-but what transpired didn’t end up with any solution for the dredging of the Rejang river- the siltation of which was seen as the cause of the regular flooding in Sibu. Is there any way that politicians can deal with each other on a more cordial way to settle problems for the people rather than putting settling their problems over the people’s problems?|
Wong Soon Koh (standing left) gesturing at Wong Ho Leng (sitting)
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You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours
August 8, 2010, Sunday
I AM sure I must have read it out of its context. From a recent news report, I seem to get a sense that a politician said that if the people were to support his party, he would help them to get what many considered as justly theirs in the first place.The issue in contention is the premium rates for the renewal of property leases. The original rate for the renewal of property leases was considered by the owners to be rather excessive. Pleading hardship, many property owners protested. As a consequence in May this year, the government announced a revision in the rates. However, many property owners prior to that had paid the premiums based on the old rates.
During the Sibu by-election DPm Muhyiddin command 3000 teachers and the school principals to his 3-day election campaign meetings. One would ask: at that time where was Dr George Chan who now oppose mixing teachers and politics?
‘Teaching and politics is like water and oil’
August 9, 2010, Monday
The vote buying complaint in Hulu Selangor by candidate Zaid Ibrahim has been thrown out by the court. So the case against Sibu’s vote buying will face similar fate-if ever there was a challenge. So Malaysia will become a country which openly allow vote buying -by (ab)using public fund at that! This judgement will make Malaysia a laughing stock among the world’s electoral democracies.! So confident about the vote buying antics the BN continue its vote buying campaign in Sibu-with the act being recorded in You-tube for all to see. May be the court of voters’ opinions will be the last sanction against such corrupt practice!
In the judge’s decision he said that the judgment did not mean that there was no vote buying in the Hulu Selangor bu-election-only that there are 2 defects in the prtition: 1. No bribed persons were named and prove that they had changed their vote due to the bribery; 2. the complete statement by the alleged bribe giver. The conditions set by the judge seems unreasonable as 1. the bribed parties can be named later in the trial; and attempted bribe is also a crime under the Anti-corruption Act; 2. There is no need to have an entire statement as the rest of the statement may be totally irrelevant to the bribery.
August 05, 2010 17:00 PM
Court Dismisses Zaid’s Election Petition
Some measures have been proposed/discussed by the EC to improve the electoral administration of the EC-are they answering the calls by the people? What are lacking? Looking at the asnwer from Nazri the EC repeat its interests to extend the nomination/objection period from 2 hour currently to 2 days -with 1 day for nomination and another for objections. Each party would be allowed half a day to file nomination of their candidate to avoid the tension which arise from party supporters congregating in a limited space within limited time. However the proposed change had been reduced from the previous suggestion of 3 days -showing a lessening of willingness to allow more space for the essential electoral process. Observers’ suggestion was 1 week-in comparison to over 1 month for many other democracies in Asia.
As citizens and voters of Malaysia we do have the right to demand accountability from the party what their members are doing in the country. These are the identifiable faces of the UMNO members who instigate violence in the public in Penang last night -what do UMNO say about their conduct? What action do they propose to do to these members who instigate violence in the public?Would Sarawakians welcome such thugs into their state-when the police refuse to take action against them when the instigation happen right under their nose?
Najib claim in his reply to the DAP queries that all the public allocations made in relation to Sibu by-election were done before the by-election-thus not violating any corruption law. DAP pointed out that , among others, the Rm5mil allocation promised at Rejang Park was made on the eve of polling-thus Najib has misled the Parliament.
True, Sarawak still needs Taib, but then again its a one man opinion, and not necessarily the opinion of all Sarawakians. If only there is a fair and truly independent body to conduct a survey now, I wouldn’t dare bet on Taib.
To compare Taib to Lee Kuan Yew is another story, which we shouldn’t be talking about. Sarawak is not Singapore, and if it is in any way like Singapore, then it should have opted out like Singapore did in 1963 from the Federation. As Wahab said in Sarawak Tribune today (June 23, 2010) Sarawak’s hardcore poor poverty has gone down to below 10%, but why was it Taib said that the Bumiputra were, are and still poor, and thats why they depend on BN and continue to support BN. By rights, Sarawakians should be richer from their brethems in Semenanjung, despite being the richest State in Malaysia. Why so? Jawab lah Wahab.
BN disclosed the figure confidently in Parliament because it has a default answer to accusation of bribery: the allocations were pre-planned. Well, the best practice elsewhere eg Philippines, is to stop any allocations, tenders etc 3 months ahead of any elections to stop the perception of corruption and to stop incumbent parties/candidates to gain mileage from these public fund allocations. BN is simply a hypocrite to claim that the allocations were pre-planned-because there were no similar allocations elsewhere in the country. The claim should be challenged to the last avenue!
|SUPP’s ‘game playing’ revealed||//|
|KUCHING – The SUPP could never get it right. This time, they were proven wrong again the issue of land lease renewal involving more than 1500 people.
Violet showing the data she had obtained .