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N45 Dr Halimah Ali

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N45 Dr Halimah Ali


ANGGOTA INI DIKEHENDAKI BAGI MEMBANTU SIASATAN SAMM

Posted: 07 May 2012 08:05 PM PDT

 
DESAK ANGGOTA POLIS TERLIBAT JENAYAH KETIKA MENGENDALIKAN #BERSIH 3.0 TAMPIL DAN SERAH DIRI

Pada 28 April 2012 yang lepas telah berlansung himpunan rakyat Malaysia terbesar dalam sejarah negara. Lebih 250 ribu orang secara sukarela telah datang ke Kuala Lumpur untuk menuntut hak warga untuk punya proses pilihanraya bersih, bebas dan adil. Himpunan ini berlansung dalam suasana penuh festival aman dan meriah dalam mood bantahan yang jelas. Sehinggalah peristiwa insiden tembakan air kimia dan gas pemedih mata di jalan raya berhampiran Dataran Merdeka berlaku.

Kalau ada pun kesalahan ialah kerana halangan (barricade) polis telah ditolak itupun turut melibatkan beberapa individu yang meragukan dan disyaki TURUT LIBATKAN anggota polis berpakaian biasa. Perintah mahkamah iaitu melibatkan kawasan padang (hijau) Dataran Merdeka tetap jauh dan tidak dimasuki. Adakah dengan hanya menolak halangan dan kemudian berundur menghalalkan tindakan ganas polis melakukan tindakan 'membabi buta' mengganas di hampir seluruh bandaraya Kuala Lumpur selepas itu? LAPORAN SELANJUTNYA DI "POLIS"

MY VOICE FOR NATION

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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar


Catatan Bagi Pembangunan Islamic City, Seksyen 5, Shah Alam

Posted: 07 May 2012 03:41 PM PDT

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

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念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang


雪州政府最新利民计划--“婴儿基金”

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:29 PM PDT

 5月5日(星期六),无拉港州议员服务中心与斯里肯邦岸州议员服务中心联手举办了,由雪州政府推行的最新利民计划--“婴儿基金”。所谓“婴儿基金”,既是一项让由雪州境内,自2008年出生的婴儿申请的计划。根据此项计划的条例,每名婴儿均可获得一张100令吉的购物礼券,由父母代领,并且能够凭该购物礼券在指定的百货公司或者超级市场购物。

 当天的“婴儿基金”购物活动从早上十点开始,直到中午一点方才圆满结束。而当天来自无拉港以及斯里肯邦岸出生的受惠婴儿,总共为109名。

 除此以外,当天的活动也获得沙登区国会议员张念群,以及加影市议员黄田志、莫哈默阿里与黎维昌等的到场支持并于民众交流互动,使该活动生色不少。





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Melawat Sri Maha Mariamman Kuil Devasthan - 6hb Mac, 2012

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:18 PM PDT

6hb Mac, 2012 - Melawat Sri Maha Mariamman Kuil Devasthanam bersama Sdr Ean Yong :-)









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30hb Mac, 2012 - Melawat Tadika bahasa Tamil di Desa Serdang

Posted: 07 May 2012 05:33 PM PDT

30hb Mac, 2012 - Melawat sebuat Tadika bahasa Tamil di Desa Serdang untuk menyampaikan cek sumbangan bagi Sukan Tahunan mereka :-)









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Launching of the "Go Green Campaign" - May 6, 2012

Posted: 07 May 2012 05:16 PM PDT

May 6, 2012 - Launching of the "Go Green Campaign" by JMB Vista Impiana :-)


Mr Max Yeap is the chairperson of the JMB. Not very often we have such a young man holding such important position.


Taking photo with the committee members. 



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Sukan Gabungan Pasti - 6hb Mei, 2012

Posted: 07 May 2012 05:12 PM PDT

6hb Mei, 2012 - Sukan Gabungan Pasti yang terlibat Pasti dari Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Taman Cheras Perdana dan Taman Sutera


Menyampaikan hadiah kpd pemenang :-)



Menyampaikan hadiah kpd pemenang :-)


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Melawat Masjid Al-Taqwa

Posted: 07 May 2012 05:00 PM PDT

3hb Mei, 2012 - Melawat Masjid Al-Taqwa dengan Ahli Majlis MPKj Eddie Ng dan Mohd Ali Khair


Menyampaikan sumbangan kepada warga emas 


Menyampaikan sumbangan kepada ibu tunggal


4 buah buku Al-Quran disumbangkan kepada pihak masjid, diterima oleh Pengerusi Masjid Prof. Madya Dr Rusli Bin Abdullah. 
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www.telokkemang.blogspot.com/

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www.telokkemang.blogspot.com/


KENYATAAN MEDIA AHLI PARLIMEN/DEWAN NEGARA PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT - 4 MEI 2012

Posted: 06 May 2012 07:53 PM PDT

KENYATAAN MEDIA AHLI PARLIMEN/DEWAN NEGARA
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT
4 MEI 2012
TOLAK BUDAYA FITNAH & LUCAH DALAM POLITIK NEGARA
Kami Ahli Parlimen/Dewan Negara Parti Keadilan Rakyat menolak keras dan mengecam politik  fitnah dan tuduhan jahat media pro-UMNO terhadap Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN, YB. Azmin Ali atas tuduhan kononnya beliau terlibat dalam adegan lucah yang sudahpun dipapar dengan cara yang tidak bermaruah dan bermoral oleh beberapa media cetak dan paparan media elektronik.
Kami mendesak agar pihak-pihak yang membuat tuduhan dan menyiarkan gambar tohmahan tersebut agar meminta maaf dengan kadar yang segera terhadap Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN atas fitnah jahat yang merupakan percubaan bersiri dalam usaha mereka untuk menjatuhkan reputasi pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat apatah lagi tatkala rangkaian dan pimpinan UMNO/BN gagal menjawab isu-isu berkepentingan rakyat seumpama isu NFC, isu PTPTN dan isu harga barang naik. Ini adalah bukti rangkaian pimpinan UMNO/BN cuba untuk mengalihkan pandangan rakyat terhadap isu korupsi dan kelemahan pentadbiran mereka.
Isu gambar dan imej lucah yang didakwa sebagai kononnya Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN sengaja didedahkan di media blog pro-UMNO/BN boleh disifatkan sebagai cubaan niat jahat politik untuk meruntuhkan kredibiliti pimpinan kanan Pakatan Rakyat. Kita persoalkan tindakan mereka yang menggunakan media blog berbanding membuat laporan polis jika benar wujud gambar lucah yang disebar secara haram tersebut. Tindakan menyiarkan gambar lucah diblog berbanding membuat laporan polis adalah mengesahkan niat jahat politik secara terancang yang dilakukan melalui media pro-UMNO/BN dalam mengaibkan maruah pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.
Kebangkitan rakyat pada BERSIH 3.0 dan menolak UMNO/BN telah mempercepatkan penyebaran gambar dan imej lucah Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN dalam siri tohmahan media pro-UMNO/BN bagi memperlahankan momentum sokongan rakyat terhadap Pakatan Rakyat. Ternyata tindakan mereka ini gagal kerana rakyat dan anak muda semakin meluat dengan politik lucah dan seks tajaan media pro-UMNO/BN berbanding politik fakta, hujah dan perlaksanaan kebajikan rakyat oleh Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah & Kelantan.
Kami mendesak agar pihak polis menyiasat penyebaran tuduhan gambar lucah tersebut dan siapa individu atau kumpulan yang bertanggungjawab dalam menyebarkan bahan imej lucah tersebut secara haram dikalangan masyarakat yang tidakpun memberikan erti kepada pembangunan minda dan politik rakyat secara bersih. Tindakan penyebaran gambar lucah dan seks adalah suatu jenayah yang perlu diambil tindakan oleh pihak polis dan badan yang berkaitan.
Ahli - Ahli Parlimen/Dewan Negara Parti Keadilan Rakyat & Pengerusi-Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan KEADILAN Negeri

INTERIM REPORT – International Fact-Finding Mission on Elections in Malaysia, 25-29 April 2012

Posted: 06 May 2012 07:49 PM PDT

LINK FROM:-http://kpru2010.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/international-fact-finding-mission-april-2012.pdf

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INTERIM REPORT – International Fact-Finding Mission on Elections in Malaysia, 25-29 April 2012

EXPLANATORY NOTE

This is the Interim Report of the International Observer Group which conducted a Fact-Finding Mission on Elections in Malaysia, 25-29 April 2012.

The Report is reproduced here in the form in which it was completed by the members of the Group on 29 April 2012. Copies were transmitted to, and comments invited from, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia, the leadership of the Malaysian Opposition, BERSIH (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), and the Malaysian Bar Council. Copies were subsequently made available online to all other interested parties.1

1 For electronic copies, see the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia (www.fnfasia.org), the Office of the Independent Senator for South Australia, Senator Nick Xenophon (http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=8IV), and others.

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Letter of Transmittal

29 April 2012

We have the pleasure in sending you the Interim Report of the International Observer Group which conducted a Fact-Finding Mission on Elections in Malaysia from 25-29 April 2012. You are invited to examine this Report and provide comments on or before 10 May 2012. The final report will be prepared within twenty one (21) days after submissions have been received. Our aim, simply expressed, is to help governments and institutions make better decisions in the long-term interest of Malaysia. We hope that this report will be of assistance to the people of Malaysia and that it will assist in strengthening Malaysia's democracy in the years to come.

Yours sincerely,

The Members of the International Observer Group on Elections in Malaysia:

Mr Mobashar Jawed Akbar, Republic of India.

Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Dr Clinton Fernandes, Commonwealth of Australia.

Ms Juliane Schmucker, Federal Republic of Germany.

Dr Mohamad Nasir Tamara Tamimi, Republic of Indonesia.

Dean Amado D. Valdez, Republic of the Philippines.

Senator Nick Xenophon, Commonwealth of Australia.

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Contents

Chapter One – Introduction

Chapter Two – The Electoral Framework

Chapter Three – The Campaign

Chapter Four – The Poll, Count and Results Process

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Chapter One – Introduction

Invitation

The invitation to conduct this Fact-Finding Mission came from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in mid-April 2012.

Members of the Group were invited in their individual capacities and it was made clear that the views they expressed would be their own and not those of their respective governments or institutions. They subsequently confirmed their intentions to constitute an International Observer Group in order to conduct a fact-finding mission. Having been given the necessary assurances on access and after establishing that there would be broad support for its presence, the Group then conducted a Pre-Election Fact-Finding Mission in Malaysia from 25-29 April 2012.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Group were as follows:

The International Observer Group will conduct a pre-election Fact-Finding Mission on Elections in Malaysia from 25-29 April 2012.

The Group will focus on the federal elections in the House of Representatives.

The Group is to act impartially and independently and shall conduct itself according to the standards expressed in the International Declaration of Principles, to which the Commonwealth, of which Malaysia is a member, is a signatory.

The Group is to gather information concerning the laws, processes and institutions related to elections and the overall electoral environment.

The Group is to analyse such information impartially and offer recommendations to improve the integrity of elections and the overall electoral environment.

The Group will be process oriented; it will not be concerned with any particular electoral result. Members of the Group will be free from political, economic or other conflicts of interest that may interfere with accurate and impartial observations. Members of the Group will not accept payment or support (other than basic logistical support) from any stakeholder in the Malaysian elections.

The Group is to consider the laws, practices and institutions related to:

 The credibility of the electoral rolls.

 The integrity of the postal voting system.

 The appropriateness of an absentee voting system.

 The appropriateness of a Caretaker Convention in the Malaysian context.

 The electorate's access to information during the election campaign.

 Prevention of slander/defamation of election candidates.

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 The conduct of the electoral process in the areas of voting, counting and declaration of results.

The Group is to determine in its own judgment based on facts gathered whether the elections can be conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Malaysia has committed itself, with reference to national election-related legislation and relevant regional, Commonwealth and other international commitments.

The Group has no executive role. It may only propose recommendations for change on institutional, procedural and other matters as would assist the holding of elections.

The Group is to submit its report to the Chairman of the Election Commission of Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia, the leadership of the Malaysian Opposition, BERSIH (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), and the Malaysian Bar Council. The report is to be made available online subsequently to all interested parties.

Activities of the Group

Members of the Group began arriving from 24 April 2012 onwards. They traveled to various locations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya. They met a range of stakeholders including:

 Datuk Wira Hj. Wan Ahmad Bin Wan Omar, the Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission.

 Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

 Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan B. Tengku Mansor, Secretary-General of the United Malays National Organisation and Secretary-General of the Barisan Nasional.

 Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of the Opposition.

 Tan Sri Mohamed Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar of Selangor State Government.

 Maria Chin Abdullah, a representative of BERSIH (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil).

Members of the Group held a press conference on 29 April 2012. They released this Interim Report at the press conference. They left Malaysia shortly thereafter.

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Chapter Two – The Electoral Framework

The legal framework governing parliamentary elections in Malaysia consists of the Federal Constitution, the Election Offences Act 1954, the Election Commission Act 1957, and the Elections Act 1958 & Regulations (1959, 1981, 2002, 2003).

Related to this, other Acts of Parliament should be considered, insofar as they have a direct impact on the conduct of election campaigns. These Acts include the Police Act 1967, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, the Printing and Publications Act 1984 and the Sedition Act 1948.

Constitutional background

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, the administrative capital, Putrajaya, and the island of Labuan are separate Federal Territories. The country is divided into 137 administrative districts. The Malaysian Constitution describes the powers of the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

The head of state, or Supreme Head of Malaysia, is a monarch (Yang di-Pertuan Agong), elected for a five-year term (with a Deputy head of state) by and from the hereditary rulers of nine of the states. The monarch acts on the advice of Parliament and the Cabinet. The head of state appoints the Prime Minister and, on the latter's recommendation, other ministers. The Cabinet is responsible to Parliament.

Parliament consists of the Dewan Negara (Senate) and the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives). The Senate has 70 members. The head of state appoints 44 of them and the 13 State Legislative Assemblies choose two each. The House of Representatives has 222 members (increased from 219 at the March 2008 general election), elected for five years by universal adult suffrage: 165 from Peninsular Malaysia (including 11 from Kuala Lumpur and one from Putrajaya), 31 from Sarawak and 26 from Sabah (including one from Labuan).

The Election Commission

The Election Commission is empowered under article 113 of the Federal Constitution to conduct elections to the House of Representatives and the Legislative Assemblies of the States and prepare and revise electoral rolls for such elections. It is also empowered to delineate electoral constituencies and to recommend changes to the delineation of these constituencies.

The 13th Schedule to the Constitution, Part I, 2 (c) provides for the number of electors within each constituency in a State 'to be approximately equal except that, having regard to the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and the other disadvantages facing rural constituencies, a measure of weightage for area ought to be given to such constituencies.'

The International Observer Group considers that the term 'a measure of weightage' permits unacceptably wide latitude in constituency delineation. This can lead to mal-apportionment of constituencies (also known as a gerrymander). Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul

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Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, confirmed that while the Malaysian election system enshrined the principle of 'everyone having one vote,' it did not enshrine the principle of 'everyone's vote being of equal value.'

The Group recommends that the Government take steps to reduce the difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts. Members from rural constituencies should be given extra resources (staffing, transport, allowances and infrastructure) to enable them to reach their electors. In the longer term, steps should be taken to reduce the 'other disadvantages facing rural constituencies.'

In addition, the Election Commission confirmed that certain constituencies, although not rural at all, have a much smaller number of voters than others. Putrajaya, with only approximately 7,000 voters, was cited as one such example by the Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission, compared with over 100,000 voters in some other constituencies.

The Group notes that the 13th Schedule to the Constitution, Part I, 3A, provides for Putrajaya to be regarded as a State. Since 2 (a) of Part I states that 'constituencies ought to be delimited so that they do not cross State boundaries,' the only feasible option for the voters of Putrajaya to preserve the spirit and letter of 2 (c) of Part I (and thus not be significantly over-represented) may be to not regard Putrajaya as a State but to absorb it within the boundaries of a neighbouring constituency. Other non-rural constituencies should also be audited and redrawn as necessary so that they may be delineated fairly, preserving the spirit and letter of 2 (c) of Part I of the 13th Schedule to the Constitution.

Some of the Group's interlocutors expressed concern at the large increase in the number of voters in certain constituencies (largely held by members of the Opposition). They suggested that these voters may be allocated to these constituencies in order to enable government candidates to win elections.

The Election Commission rejected this view. It stated that its initiative in aggressively promoting and calling out to register as voters, and the publicity surrounding the general elections were the main factors contributing to the increase in the number of voters. However, concern has been raised by a number of interlocutors that some of these increases could not be credibly explained. The Election Commission advised that 'in some constituencies, the increase in total registration was rather high, exceeding 30% in some cases compared to the number of electors in 2008. This includes constituencies such as P.107 Subang (34%), P. 158 Tebrau (34%), P.111 Kota Raja (33%), P.086 Pekan (33%) and P. 032 Gua Musang (30%).'

The Group notes that the rapid increase is not confined exclusively to Opposition-held constituencies. However, to allay concerns that the increase in registration may have some nefarious purpose, the Group recommends that the Election Commission should constitute its own verification team. It needs to physically verify the identities of the new voters in order to build public confidence in the democratic process.

Some of the Group's interlocutors expressed concern about the length of the campaign period in the election timetable. In the 2008 elections, the time period from the Nomination Day to Election Day was eleven days. Such a short timeframe disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who are out of the country as well as those who are away from their registered voting address.

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The Group notes that at the time of writing this report, the Election Commission has not announced the timetable for the next election. According to an Election Commission statement, the campaign period for the forthcoming period will be at least seven days long. The Group recommends that there should be a reasonable time of not less than 21 days to inform the voters of the relevant campaign issues and to allow them to arrange travels to their registered voting constituencies.

The Group discussed the absence of a Caretaker Convention with Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department responsible for electoral matters. The Minister explained in general terms that the Government's preference in these and other matters was for the Westminster model as practiced in the United Kingdom.

The Group recommends that the Caretaker Convention as practiced in the United Kingdom be introduced.

Several of the Group's interlocutors raised allegations of tens of thousands of doubtful voters being on the electoral roll. The Group raised these allegations with the Election Commission, which explained that the National Registration Department advised it in September 2011 that of the total of 12.5 million electors, there were 42,051 names of electors about whom it did not have clear and reliable information. This means that these 42,051 electors cannot be contacted because their addresses are not recorded, and that they had not been to any of the NRD offices to update their status. Accordingly, the Election Commission decided to categorize the 42,051 electors as doubtful. The Commission further explained that on 28 March 2012, the NRD informed it that the number of electors with dubious status was reduced to 40,803 people. This is due to the fact that there had been individuals who went to the NRD to update the information on their identity cards while others, as heirs, came forward with evidence to the NRD on the death of family members or their relatives. According to the advice provided to the Group by the Election Commission, there still remain 40,803 electors of dubious status.

The Group notes that at all times there is a need to weigh the risk of denying a vote to a legitimate voter who might be an 'elector of dubious status' against the risk of electoral fraud. Currently, not enough weighting is given to the latter consideration. The Group recommends that the Election Commission should constitute its own verification team. It recommends that the Commission should conduct its own physical verification, including door-knocking if necessary, in order to ensure that only legitimate voters are on the rolls and that there are no 'electors of dubious status.'

The Group considered the issue of the independence of the Election Commission. It notes that Article 114 (2) of the Constitution deals with 'the importance of securing an Election Commission which enjoys public confidence.' The Election Commission confirmed that it understood the importance of public confidence. The Deputy Chairman of the Commission expressed his personal view that no member of the Commission ought to belong to a political party. He stated that to the best of his understanding no current member of the current Election Commission belongs to a political party. The Group welcomes this assurance.

The Group has identified a problem concerning voters who come from Sarawak and Sabah but are working in Peninsular Malaysia. They face special difficulties in going back home to vote. The Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission advised the Group, 'That is the

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reality in Malaysia. They should change their registration. We proposed that Parliament should legislate to introduce postal voting for people in Sabah and Sarawak. Our proposal was not accepted.' The Group has also identified a more general problem of Malaysian voters who are required to go back to their registered constituency to vote. The Election Commission stated, 'There is high mobility in Malaysia. So voters must go back to their voting addresses to vote. No absentee voting is possible.'

The Group recommends that Parliament should legislate to enable absentee voting.

The Group considered the issue of voters who have not updated their voting addresses. The Election Commission advised the Group that approximately three million voters may have changed their details held by the National Registration Department but have not updated their voting addresses, and are therefore not on the electoral roll. The International Observer Group asked the Election Commission about the possibility of automatic registration. The Election Commission advised that there is no automatic registration in Malaysia. The Group recommends that appropriate legislation be enacted to introduce automatic registration.

The Group expresses deep concerns about the postal voting system. In particular, it sees no reason why the 240,000 election workers who will be deployed during the forthcoming campaign cannot conduct early voting. To require them to engage in postal voting is to expose the system to the possibility of massive electoral fraud. Accordingly, the Group recommends that the 240,000 election workers be required to vote early and not by postal voting.

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Chapter Three – The Campaign

Parity of media coverage

Some of the Group's interlocutors expressed the strong view that there needed to be laws or conventions to ensure that political parties receive parity of coverage during an election campaign. National politics, particularly during the heightened atmosphere of an election campaign, is heavily influenced by media coverage. In the contemporary age, national politics is played out on national television.

The Election Commission advised that the power to control the media during the election is not under the authority and responsibility of the Commission. The Group concludes that the absence of a law or a widely accepted convention requiring the media to provide equal access to all parties contesting the elections is a serious concern.

The Group believes that it is in the public interest to provide fair and balanced coverage in order to ensure that voters have the opportunity to make an informed decision. The Group notes that the Constitution provides the Election Commission with wide latitude in the conduct of the electoral process. Even in the absence of a legal provision, the Group recommends that the Election Commission exercises its moral and persuasive authority by releasing a report on each day of the campaign as to its view regarding whether the national television stations (publicly and privately owned) have provided balanced coverage over that 24 hour period.

The Group recommends that government-owned electronic media be required to provide fair and balanced coverage of the election campaign including time for party political broadcasts (similar to the system in the UK, which Minister Nazri confirmed was the government's preferred point of reference).

The government has the absolute authority to issue broadcasting and publication licenses. The Group concludes that restrictions in relation to newspapers and newsletters are draconian because they prevent alternative views from being heard. The Group recommends that these restrictions be lifted.

The Group notes that Article 115 (2) of the Constitution states that 'All public authorities shall on the request of the [Election] Commission give the Commission such assistance in the discharge of its duties as may be practicable.' Some of the Group's interlocutors offered the opinion that this provision might empower the Commission to compel the state-owned media to give parity of coverage to political parties during the election campaign. The Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission did not share this opinion. His view was that Article 115 (2) of the Constitution empowered the Election Commission to obtain 'logistical assistance only.' Nonetheless, to clear all doubts on this matter, the Group recommends clear legislation to require the state-owned media to give parity of coverage to political parties during the election campaign.

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Vilification of candidates

Concern was expressed to the Group that candidates are often vilified by sections of the media during the course of an election campaign. The Group believes that the absence of regulatory law or precedents in this regard can be a problem. There was apprehension that the content of the campaign could be open to the use of scurrilous accusations in the absence of a well-defined code of conduct. The Group was assured by the Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission that slander and other vilification would not be allowed. The Group welcomes this assurance.

The International Observer Group held valuable discussions with Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan B. Tengku Mansor, Secretary-General of the United Malays National Organisation and Secretary-General of the Barisan Nasional. He stressed the importance of 'avoiding racial strife' and asked, 'Are our people mature for freedom?' Commenting on political developments in Indonesia, he offered the view that 'One of the problems with Indonesia is that there is too much freedom.'

It is the view of the Group that these comments are disturbing, and that they reflect the authoritarian attitudes at the highest levels of power.

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Chapter Four – The Poll, Count and Results Process

The International Observer Group is committed to the integrity of the election rather than to a political party or candidate. It notes that the Parliamentary Select Committee into electoral matters in Paragraph 13.3 of its Report was of the unanimous view that there should be further investigations into dubious electoral rolls such as in the state of Sabah as well as recommending the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to achieve the aim of an electoral roll that is recognized as honest by all parties prior to the implementation of proposed automatic registration of voters.

To date, the Government has failed to act on this key and serious recommendation despite the fact that Government MPs also supported it. The Group recommends that a Royal Commission of Inquiry be established in accordance with the Parliamentary Select Committee's Report as a matter of urgency.

The Group identified the problem that following a recent legislative amendment, for the coming elections, political party agents are no longer allowed in the voter verification booth. In the 2008 elections up to four people could be appointed to check voter identification in order to prevent phantom voting. According to the government, the reason for that amendment was that 'the attendance of observers at the booths causes difficulties to the election workers in performing their duties.'

The Group was of the view that this amendment alone would increase the risk of electoral fraud. Some of the Group's interlocutors raised the issue of traceability of votes through the recording of identification card and ballot serial numbers. Other interlocutors stated that this practice occurred in the 2004 election but not in the 2008 election. The Group hopes that the recent legislative amendments preventing party agents from being present at voter verification booths will not compromise the principle of voter anonymity. The Group recommends re-establishing the presence of voter verification agents to ensure that only registered citizens are able to cast their vote.

The Group also heard disturbing, first-hand testimony from a former senior military officer of apparently widespread practices during the 2008 election. This individual, who requested anonymity, indicated that military personnel's votes could be easily traced given the procedures adopted within the military of forms being completed and certified in the presence of an officer. This witness stated: 'There was a definite fear factor amongst the soldiers that if they did not vote for the government they could be victimized because they knew that their vote could be traced. Troops would discuss this in front of me. I and other officers would say "You can vote any way you want." Troops would laugh and say "Who will give us protection if we're traced?... It was common and widespread knowledge amongst military personnel that they knew they could face retribution if they voted the wrong way.'

The Group recommends that the postal vote system for military personnel be reformed and protocols changed to ensure fair practice.

Lim Guan Eng

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Lim Guan Eng


The Failure Of The MAS-Air Asia Share Swap Is Not Just An Ordinary Failed Corporate Merger But A Failure Of The Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Program(ETP) (en/cn)

Posted: 06 May 2012 10:19 PM PDT

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 7.5.2012.

The Failure Of The MAS-Air Asia Share Swap Is Not Just An Ordinary Failed Corporate Merger But A Failure Of The Prime Minister's Economic Transformation Program(ETP) That Is Supposed To Stop The Rot Of Mismanagement, Financial Malpractices And Failed Strategies In GLCs Such As MAS.

After eight months, the controversial MAS-Air Asia share swap has been terminated, purportedly because it has become an impediment to the recovery efforts of the loss-making flag carrier. Under the original deal, MAS would swap a 20.5% stake for 10% in Air Asia. Now, as part of the reversal of the deal, AirAsia's chief and founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and deputy Datuk Seri Kamarudin Meranun have resigned from the MAS board, with MAS director Mohamed Azman Yahya following suit from AirAsia's board.

Eight months ago, Malaysians were told that the share swap would be the cure needed to save the ailing national airline. Unfortunately, not long after that, MAS recorded a shocking net loss of RM2.52 billion for 2011, which is the tip of the iceberg for the airline that has been on a downward spiral since the departure of Dato' Sri Idris Jala in 2009, with its bottomline declining from a net profit of RM490 million in 2009 to RM234 million in 2010 to the staggering loss of RM2.52 billion in 2011.

And now in a complete reversal, Khazanah has admitted that the latest merger of cross-holding of shares, which was intended to create economies of scale for the major shareholders, Khazanah and Tune Air, had become a distraction to the management's efforts to turn around MAS. In other words, first we were told that the MAS-Air Asia swap would save the airline, and now after eight months we are told that it was actually causing it to fail.

The failure of MAS is a direct reflection of the fundamental problems of the BN legacy, from firstly privatising and subsequently re-nationalisation. Even the 2001 bailout in which the Federal Government paid double the market price at the time could not rescue MAS from its fundamental problems. The Federal Government paid RM1.8 billion or RM8 per share to Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli instead of the market value of RM3.68 at the time.

The failure of the MAS-Air Asia share swap is not just an ordinary failed corporate merger but a failure of the Prime Minister's much lauded ETPs that is supposed to stop the rot of mismanagement, financial malpractices and failed strategies in Government-Linked Corporations(GLCs) such as MAS.

—-Mandarin Version —-

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2012年5月7日在吉隆坡发表声明:

马航亚航换股计划告吹,这不只是普通的企业合并失败案例,也是首相经济转型计划的失败,经济转型计划原本的用意是要阻止像马航这样的官联公司陷入管理不当、理财不善及策略失败的窘境。

经过8个月,具争议性的马航亚航换股计划正式告吹,因为它将阻碍原本在亏损的航空公司的复苏能力。在原本的换股计划下,马航须以20.5%的股份,换取亚航的10%股份。现在,随着换股交易解除同,亚航的主席兼创办人丹斯里汤尼菲南德斯及副主席拿督斯里卡玛鲁丁已经辞去马航董事的职位,而马航的董事莫哈末阿兹曼也离开亚航董事部。

八个月前,国人被告知换股计划是解救一直亏损的国营航空的解药。不幸地是,不久之后,马航爆出在2011年的亏损达25亿2000万令吉的消息,这只是坏消息的冰山一角,现任首相署部长拿督斯里依德利斯在2009年离开马航后,该公司业绩便急转直下,净利从2009年的4亿9000万令吉下滑至2010年的2亿3400万令吉,接着灾难性的在2011年净亏25亿2000万令吉。

随意换股计划解除,国库控股(Khazanah) 也承认,这宗国内最大的换股合并计划,原本是为主要股东(国库控股和亚航)创造经济规模, 但是,这项计划妨碍了整顿马航的管理。换句话说,本来他们说马航亚航合并可以拯救马航,现在八个月之后,他们说这项计划将让整顿马航的努力失败。

马航的失败直接反映了国阵政权的基本问题,从最先的私营化到国有化。就算2001年联邦政府以双倍的市价,动用公共基金出手拯救(bailout)马航,也无法从根本上救出马航 。当时,联邦政府支付丹斯里达祖丁18亿令吉或每股8令吉的价格,而不是市价每股3.68令吉。

马航亚航换股计划告吹,这不只是普通的企业合并失败案例,也是首相经济转型计划的失败,经济转型计划原本的用意是要阻止像马航这样的官联公司陷入管理不当、理财不善及策略失败的窘境。

林冠英

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Posted: 07 May 2012 07:31 AM PDT

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Posted: 07 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

May 7: The National Fatwa Council  continues to draw flak over a statement by its head who said any rally against an elected government was "forbidden in Islam".

PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the head of the Islamic party's Shura (Consultative) Council, advised the members of the fatwa committee to understand an issue before commenting.

"Have they not realised that Bersih 3.0 rally is not meant to create chaos. This rally is to outline the eight demands to realise a clean electoral system, not to create chaos, far be it to topple the government," he said in his response to Abdul Shukor Husin who heads the government-controlled Fatwa Council.

Shukor yesterday declared as haram (forbidden) any gathering or demonstration against the law, and accused participants of the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 of "rioting". His statement has been compared to Egypt's government-funded Islamic authorities in January last year forbidding protests against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, just days before the dictator announced his resignation amid widescale protests.

PAS's Ulama Wing head Ustaz Harun Taib defended the protestors saying their action was based on the Islamic obligation to enjoin good and forbid evil.

"This is a duty of enjoining good and forbidding evil which is incumbent on the people, especially Muslims," Harun stressed.

Shukor had also pointed out that the citizens must seek redress "in a proper manner".

"What could be more proper than a sit-in rally? Has the [Fatwa] council examined Bersih's 8 demands including the demand to solve the issue of phantom voters and fraud in the election, which will have bigger implication for the country?" asked Nik Aziz.

The Kelantan Menteri Besar said he was convinced that the ruling by Shukor was made without consultation or hearing an explanation from organisers of the Bersih 3.0 rally.

"My next question is, what sort of fatwa is this if no explanation had been sought from both sides?" added Nik Aziz.

He said the Fatwa council's conclusion was due to its 'one-eyed' vision "made 

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Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by az

Posted: 07 May 2012 09:20 AM PDT

TF can do WONDER for MAS! aawww lucu bangat kamu TF…WONDERPETS LEH LAH..

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by az

Posted: 07 May 2012 09:17 AM PDT

Kalau masih buta jugak dan tak ikhlas untuk berkhidmat utk MAS, Ah Gor Jib, swipe out je lah AJ,The Trio, the MAS chairman, termasuk the sleepy advisor n tapis2 lah senarai MAS BOD, mereka yg di bawa masuk dr AA/AAX, omputih con-sultan should be OUT!…pegi lah keje di AA?AAX yg memang dgn tgn terbuka TF n KM akn terima…tapi mrk ni semuanya ‘kuda tunggang’ TF sebenornya.

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Plane Crazy

Posted: 07 May 2012 08:58 AM PDT

Tony’s Baloney speaks the truth. AA’s forward-income-pay-for-now-operation bubble is growing bigger and bigger and ready to burst. Remind us all of Pak Man Telo’s get-rich-quick scheme.

I hate it when mainstream media and “anal”ysts heaped praise on AA’s so-called business acumen, when in fact it is a bubble scheme.

Who, in their right mind, orders 300 A320Neo’s at last year’s Paris Air Show? Even cash rich Emirates prudently ordered about 87. Now one year down the road, you’ve got to start servicing the loans.

Projected air traffic, my foot! Same like MLM, even if everybody gets 5 persons as downlines, you’ll come close to 10 million after 10 levels down. Like everyone can fly everyday budget all the time, meh? LCC travellers travel say about once year, that’s it, on the cheap some more.

The MAHB and RA episodes show how bad a paymaster AA is. AA wants MH to service their planes on the skint, after being chased away by MROs in S’pore and Manila.

So, mainstream media and “anal”ysts, please get this in your dumb heads. MH is the white knight, never is AA. With the Pariah, he’s always the black knight.

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Tony's Baloney

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:21 AM PDT

YB Wee,
It is all part of their plan for survival as TF has surely realized the critical flaw of their LCC business in the long run, There is no way an airline can survive without all the supporting infrastructure such as engineering, that is why it is crucial they control MH E&M of their own selfish needs. What’s incredible is the utter baffling leniency of the govt tolerating such a scandal to take place, which is being monitored by the rest of the aviation world. TF knows his fleet is aging & the only way to survive is by this, backed by a spineless govt probably deep in his dirty pockets.
Look at how TF brutally terminated Firefly, as he knew he would not be able to compete with an airline affiliated LCC.
It’s unfortunate that the public of unaware of these issues swirling around our MRO industry due unfamiliarity of the technicalities involved. Very shameful that, what was once the 3rd best MRO in the world is slowly being torn apart.
Of course the new CEO of engineering is unable to come up with a viable business plan, as he does not know anything about what MRO business is all about. He’s totally out of his league here & so is Aminudin, sorry to say.
2012 will mark the apocalypse of Malaysia’s MRO industry, unless they are kicked out & credible persons with proper understanding of the MRO business are roped in to lead.
Malaysia deserves better

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Anonymous

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:18 AM PDT

still waiting when AJ to disclose Q1 2012 financial result. lets see and judge what TRIO + red indian have done in MAS for the past 8 months. if MAS still in red, red indian just talk c*ck when he said in the Star that he can do wonder for MAS…

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Lokman in MAS

Posted: 07 May 2012 04:53 AM PDT

Read Aziz Bakar statement to Bernam. Wht a bullshit. What has AA got beside debts.MAS does not need to collaborate withAA. AA needed MAS more than MAS need AA. It was of this reason that “If it is not a win-win situation then AA would not have signed it”. Only stupid AJ, the pariah crony,, would sign such an agreement.

AJ and Danny the Nanny must FO from MAS as simple as that. We will not tolerate people who take high salaries from MAS and at the same time looking after AA’s interests.

AJ is an idiot if he really extended the PlaneConsult for another 3 months. Why? Need to finish the RA to uplift the 35,0000 passengers? If he did sign the extension for PlaneConsult then AJ should get lost. What an idiot to extend the useless PlaneConsult.

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Kulaan Sugih

Posted: 07 May 2012 04:26 AM PDT

There is two current contract on engineering procurement on A330 and A380 component/spare parts worth at least MYR 1 billion , these crooks A.. , A.. , D.. , Ro… had tried to direct nego with the pariah “favourite company ” frm France but was advice/warned by the procurement team that it is against the company procurement procedure. As of today, still this penyamun penyamun are trying to figure out by hook or crook to get it awarded to this France co. If this happen , MAS are to loose at least MYR 150 million as this French co offer price is almost double of that the lowest bidders / offer .
If this penyamun penyamun are allowed to continue running MAS , MAS will bleed to death…..They know engineering procurement is a “lombong eMAS ” …..

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Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by AJ the crony

Posted: 07 May 2012 04:20 AM PDT

AJ: who is that prominent politicin that you had the secret meeting with in Singapore? YB why are you not telling us who is that politician. AJ has been quiet all these 8 months about all the postings inYB’s blog. I am sure that he will not tell for he hopes that all will be blown over.

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by ConcernMalaysian

Posted: 07 May 2012 04:14 AM PDT

I’m guessing they are planning to bring in AA/AAX planes for HMV. That’s why they need to clear off hanger space.

Comment on AJ’s “THOUGHTS” on the unwound share swap and “COST SAVING” by Pak Pandir II

Posted: 07 May 2012 02:57 AM PDT

Dei Parameswara! If YB WCK claims are not true, have you seen any denial coming from anyone in the Panamera Deadwood Department? I am sure with so many ‘TOP NOTCH” Con-Sultants with super duper LCC experience,surely some sort of denial would suffice. Why the DEFEANING SILENCE???

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