You can be excused to think that the Election Commission and Registrar of Society of Malaysia are somehow guided by `unseen hands’-just look at the latest turn of events:
a. In conjunction with the Merlimau by-election the EC announced that the EC will now allow component parties of Pakatan to display their own posters and banners-whereas previously they are stopped from doing this; The prohibition on Pakatan was not paralleled by similar prohibition on BN’s component parties on the excuse that BN coalition is registered as a coalition by….BN. But Pakatan coalition is not registered by…BN. If truly the registration was an issue why not BN just register Pakatan? Previously it was BN who challenged Pakatan to get registered-calculating to cause conflict within the new coalition partnership.But now after the Pakatan had submitted all the neccesary documentation it is BN who refused to approve the registration! Now without approving the registration of Pakatan the BN, through EC, allow the PAkatan to display their component parties’ logo and banners-is there some unseen hands moving thlgs along? If the BN truly insist on Pakatan being registered why it is not willing to approve it when the ball in now at their feet?
2. Registrar of Society suggest to put a cap/limit on the number of political parties in Malaysia-claiming that there are already too many political parties. This immediately draw howl of protest from the Suhakam-the national human rights agency. The funny thing with ROS is : some parties can get registered or amendments to their constitution approved super-fast (Makal Sakti Party, Kita, SAPP etc), while others can take donkey years(PSM, HRP etc) while others never see the light of the day(MDC). From this pattern on ROS’ seemingly politicised performance it could mean that ROS want to have a official policy to stop registering non-BN parties which it consider to be too many, but there are not enough BN parties. Why not the ROS and the UMNO/BN’s hand behind it, allow a debate on this policy with SUHAKAM and other groups with an interests on the issue? is there freedom of association in Malaysia if BN/UMNO via ROS has its way???
There is recent precedence: a local campus election see the winning candidates from a coalition that is opposed to the pro-administration students group, get their victory nullified by the Uni administration on the ground that the campus rule disallow the candidates to associate into any team. The rule itself is against free association which is guaranteed by the Constitution-the highest law in the country. Yet the university administration involved try to get away with it-only after the team they back lost. They seems to have no problem to have their own team, but disallow others to do the same. The partisanship under BN/UMNO seems to know no bound. Civil servants are pressured to show partisan support to get up. Their service to the public is compromised when these public servants takes order from their political masters.