Thursday, 9 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
For Malaysians, the national identity card is the most important document there is, apart from a birth certificate.
Without it, you cannot open a bank account, get a loan, renew your driving license, passport etc.
But on the 5th of May 2013, hundreds of identity cards were carelessly discarded for after the election, they were worthless.
And why? Because these are cards that do not belong to citizens born and bred in Malaysia. They were issued to foreigners purely for the purposes of voting for BN.
I know it shouldn't anymore, but it still shocks me that the government stoops so low to cheat in this manner.
The atrocities that happen in our nation are too shocking for many normal people to comprehend.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
You really do want to read this article.
It has all the information and evidence of cheating that you need to believe just how dirty this election is.
I am very amused by the Malaysia Airlines executive asking in a very careful and roundabout way if the airline was going to have to bear the cost of ferrying those illegal voters around.
This is by far the dirtiest election ever.
1. Vote early, defend your polling stations and also, if you can, test out the indelible ink on your finger with different solutions - bring along small quantities of soap, nail polish remover, alcohol swab etc.o use after voting -but away from prying eyes. And if the stain comes off, let the relevant NGO know right away.
2. You may also want to follow the suggestion regarding smudges. Take note too that if SPR Kerani 3 tries to fold your ballot paper before giving it to you, you have every right to tell him/her politely not to do that.
From New York Times:
Analysts say that Malaysia's 13.3 million registered voters have been given a stark choice: the continuation of a political and economic system based largely on race, by a group that has firmly held power since the country's independence in 1957, or a completely new direction with a combative but untested opposition promising dramatic changes.
"It's either to accept that we need to mature as a country and support reform, or be stuck in the old ways of semi-authoritarianism, controlled media, an economic policy lacking in transparency and using the old race-based economic policies," Mr. Anwar said in an interview.
Mr. Najib has countered with a "stay the course" argument, touting political, social and economic changes and saying that the government's policies have maintained Malaysia's status as a stable, modern emerging country with Southeast Asia's third-largest economy.
"That is why the opposition's call for reform has had a poor response from the people," Mr. Najib said during a campaign rally this week in the northern state of Terengganu. "Which is better: street demonstrations or respecting the law? Which is better: sowing discord in the community or inculcating good moral values?"
Hong Kong (CNN) - Malaysia's closest-ever election is also fast becoming what some have described as its most violent amid reports of petrol bombs, texted death threats and beatings in the weeks leading up to Sunday's poll.
Just days before polling booths opened, the potential for voter fraud was also being alleged after reports that indelible ink used to mark the fingers of advance voters was washing off with water.
"The whole purpose of introducing indelible ink is to cut off multiple voters -- that is now being compromised by low quality ink," said Maria Chin Abdullah from BERSIH 2.0, which campaigns for electoral reform.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Most countries, if not all, have had a dose of political intrigue, a few lofty falls from grace, or the embarrassing blunders of elected officials.
Yet even by this measure, the recent history of Malaysia has been utterly over the top.
The tight general elections set for Sunday have undoubtedly been influenced by the culture of scandal that has permeated domestic politics, but the outcome could determine if Malaysia is past all that or if it will sink deeper into the cross-fire of tabloid-style sleaze.
The two main players heading into the polls, one of whom will surely be the next leader of Malaysia, have hardly been immune, or averse, to political hardball.
Najib Razak, the prime minister, has vehemently denied links to the 2006 murder of a female Mongolian translator who was shot twice before her corpse was obliterated with C4 explosives in an abandoned field outside Kuala Lumpur.
Bone fragments linked the killing to two members of an elite police squad who have been described as Najib's former bodyguards. Both were sentenced to death by hanging.
The incident has been back in public re-play mode since March when a private investigator, who gave sworn testimony that placed Najib with the woman at a café in France, died of a heart attack. Najib took a public oath at a mosque to declare that he never met her.
His opponents, as could be expected, made public calls to re-open the case.
Read the rest: http://aljazeera.com/story/201352145851553210
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Najib now needs to win this election in order to rule Malaysia under his own mandate – but analysts conjecture that if the BN were to lose any more seats on Sunday, Najib could easily be replaced as leader of the country.
That may explain why Najib's party, Umno, has invested heavily in this election, says Malaysia expert Bridget Welsh at Singapore Management University. According to Welsh's research, Najib's administration has spent nearly 60bn ringgit (£13bn) on "election-related incentives" in the past four years, making this the most costly runup to any election in Malaysia's history.
Billboards around the country allude to the incumbent coalition as aproduk, or product, that lasts. Voters have been offered food coupons and cash for attending Umno meetings, while Najib himself has handed out thousands of cash bonuses to state-linked corporate employees.
"There is a clear orientation to find potential groups of voters, identify their immediate needs, and provide it," Welsh recently wrote in online news portal Malaysiakini. "The bottom line in the BN's strategy is that it assumes Malaysians can be bought."