This has been happening in Malaysia for decades already-the election laws are ameded progressively to give more and more advantages to the ruling parties. Up to now any Opposition parties would need way beyond 50% popular votes to win power at federal level. Yet when the unfair rules are questioned they use their own media to cover up the questions. When the voices raised are too big for that eg Bersih rally, they use the media to demonise it. Never would they admit to their self-interest in keeping the unfair rules. Some of the amendments are highlighted here:
1990-laws were changed to make small polling centres, limited to 700 voters each. Under this system there are many more polling centres which at the same time make the voting tendency of local communities more identifiable and open to collective punishment should the community refuse to back BN! Worse the Opposition candidates with lesser means find it difficult to find enough Polling Agents and Counting Agents (PACA), especially for far flung polling centres. This allow manupulation of the polling results/Form 14-which the Returning Officers refused to give except to PACA present; Candidates need to wait a long time to get the detailed results-allowing for all kind of possible frauds to take place;
2000’s-the result of elections can no longer be disputed beyond the polling station/classroom level; So if a candidate has no PACA at a polling station the results cannot be recounted anymore. Thus any polling stations without PACA from all sides can be open to manipulation and the law stop any recount after the Form 14 is out. Alternatively the PACA from one side-usually the opposition side, can be bought to close their eyes on vote manipulations.
Many more amendments have been made to make the election results favour the ruling parties. The voters need to make their voices heard that they no longer can tolerate unfair elections because it does not lgive legitimacy to those elected thus far!Under such conditions you still see some ruling party politicians trying hard to use all sorts of arguments to cover their unfair advantages because they count on these advantages to cling on to power! That speak enough of the sincerity behind Najib’s statement that he will step down when people no longer support him! In truth the clinging on to so many unfair rules actually reflect that he is clinging on to power come what may!
Pakatan using Bersih rally to preempt polls defeat, says Shabery
KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek accused Pakatan Rakyat (PR) today of exploiting last weekend’s Bersih 2.0 rally to preempt anticipated losses in the next general election.The youth and sports minister pointed out that the federal opposition had suffered a string of defeats in recent by-elections, namely Hulu Selangor, Galas, Batu Sapi, Tenang, Merlimau and Kerdau.
“That’s why they’re forced to use Bersih to dispute the referee to preempt their losses,” said Shabery in a speech at the opening of the Overseas Umno Clubs’ 12th annual general assembly here today.
“They will say the system is faulty (and) the referee is not right,” he added, referring to the Election Commission (EC) as the “referee”.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof accused Bersih 2.0 leaders earlier today of being deceitful over its impartiality as it has the support of the opposition.
He pointed out in an essay in Mingguan Malaysia that Bersih leaders had gone to the streets of the capital city on July 9 to protest along with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and other PR leaders.
Shabery echoed Abdul Aziz’s remarks today when asked why he perceived the rally, which was organised by the electoral reforms group, as a political gimmick.
“Hadi went. (PAS deputy president) Mat Sabu went. Anwar Ibrahim went. These are the people who went. Pakatan Rakyat is using (Bersih chief Datuk) Ambiga (Sreenevasan) and Ambiga is using Pakatan Rakyat,” he told reporters later.
When pointed out that Bersih had invited Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to join its march for free and fair elections, the Umno supreme council member replied: “Why do you want to march?”
But Shabery stressed that the ruling Malay party desired clean elections, saying, “We don’t want to achieve victory through disputed means. Legitimacy is important. People will not want to negotiate with us if we rise to power through fraud.”
The Kemaman MP also admitted that there were weaknesses in the current electoral system, such as overseas Malaysians being unable to vote.
“Generally, our system is still a system that lends legitimacy to those who win,” said Shabery.
Despite more than 199,000 people to date backing a recent Facebook campaign calling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign, the youth and sports minister said that the figure — out of 12 million youth in Malaysia – was “too small”.
“It is not that it is not important, but they have to listen to the silent majority. They (the silent majority) are happy that the country is peaceful (and they think) Pakatan is not the answer,” said Shabery.
According to the Socialbakers website, 72 per cent out of 11.3 million Facebook users in Malaysia comprise those aged between 16 and 34 years.
The youth was a key vote bank that swung in favour of the opposition in the historic Election 2008 that was held four months after the first Bersih rally.