Random Links 313 (“By-elections” Edition)

Mafrel: Irregularities in by-elections

I recall a friend who volunteered for  Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL) for another by-election. We need non-partisan & non-profit organizations like them to keep us ALL  honest.

Mafrel’s electoral roll verification (ERV) exercise found 65% of registered voters in Taman Bandar Baru in Bukit Selambau have their house numbers, but not road names, registered with the Election Commission (EC).

PKR had earlier estimated 62.5% of such cases in the same housing area.

"Our estimates are slightly higher than PKR’s because we have done more thorough streamlining of the addresses listed in the most recent electoral roll," said Ong Boon Keong, Mafrel’s northern region director, at a press conference today.


The press conference in progress

Mafrel said that it had found more than 90 house numbers with more than 15 registered voters in Taman Bandar Baru and Taman Peruda here, involving more than 3,400 registered voters in total.

In some case, more than 70 voters were registered in a single housing address, according to Mafrel’s findings.

Mafrel also found other irregularities, such as the absence of house numbers for voters registered in the electoral roll.

Also, Mafrel said the number of voters actually registered out of the population eligible to vote was still very low.

Nizar’s continuing campaign

I hope to meet Nizar one day.  When he became the Perak Menteri Besar (Chief Minister), I was curious how he would demonstrate his leadership and character. The Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore was birthed out of new villages in Perak.  So, maybe there’s also an added historical interest in what goes on there. His political journey thus far is shaped by much fire and he’s emerged as a man to watch.

"This is a by-election to enact the truth and reject BN. BN says that I have sold out the Malay [Malaysians] by giving land titles to the Chinese [Malaysians]. What you don’t know is that we have given 7,000 acres of land to the Malay [Malaysians] for planned villages and this involved a total of 1,200 residential lots.

"But this story has not been reported by the BN-controlled media," Nizar says.

He also tells his audience they should not feel envious of the Chinese Malaysians because the 134 existing new villages were established out of historical necessity during the Emergency. "We give titles to them because they have lived there for the last two to three generations. But we are not going to open any more new villages," Nizar says.


The temporary shelter in Musa’s compound being used for the dialogue session

He delves into claims that he has committed treason or derhaka against the Perak sultan by refusing to step down as menteri besar.

"There are only three ways for me to resign … I tender my resignation, or the state assembly is dissolved, or there is a vote of no-confidence against me in the assembly. All this is according to the state constitution and the Federal Constitution," Nizar translates the legalese as plainly as possible.

LIVE: Police move in at ceramah in Bukit Selambau

LIVE from Bkt Selambau: “Big shock” announcement

Bkt Gantang: Pakatan confident but cautious

I support independent journalism.  We need it tremendously in Malaysia.  That’s why Anil Netto’s coverage is so valuable. The “Cover it LIVE” sessions were interactive too so it takes getting information and insights out to a new level.

Bkt Selambau: PKR to win by 1,500-2,000

Would Kian Ming move closer to be a “political analyst prophet”? We’ll know on Wednesday.

Another day to go and Najib is going to eat humble pie

RPK always has the juicy details draws his readers to his site.  But then, he’s got a big picture perspective which attracts people too. Whatever it is, he throws stuff out in the open for you to decide what to take and what not to. The readers will have to make up their mind what to do with it.  I wonder what is the wish list of the Malaysian readers of my blog?

. . . Batang Ai has 8,000 registered voters, about 95% Ibans. The two contenders are five-term Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang and newcomer Malcom Mussem Lamoh from Barisan Nasional. The feedback I get is that there is heavy internal sabotage, which may thwart the opposition’s chances of winning this seat.

. . . The police have visited the gangsters in Bukit Gantang and told them to make sure that Barisan Nasional wins this seat. If Barisan Nasional loses, then the police will launch an operasi and crackdown on the Bukit Gantang underworld. This means two things. First, the police are more gangsters than the gangsters. Second, the police make deals with gangsters. Now, are we surprised by that?

Anyway, the gangsters have told them to go to hell. They are not going to allow themselves to be used by the police or Barisan Nasional as bouncers to threaten the Bukit Gantang voters to vote for Barisan Nasional. Hey, even gangsters have principles and code of ethics. And that is more than what I can say for the Malaysian police who are even less principled than the gangsters.

Dr M vs Anwar rematch in Bkt Selambau

A final push from Kit Siang

Malay vote split but BN has edge

I wonder by now, whether The Malaysia Insider has replaced the mainstream newspapers as an alternative “mainstream” reading? The rise of this site has always been intriguing for me.

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