(Ijok) 6 days later… BN brings out the paratroopers April 24, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
I’d been in Ijok all this time, but with no 3G access and incredibly slow GPRS facilities here, it’s been a nightmare getting online from my worksite. My sincerest apologies to all readers, commentators for not being able to update and approve comments for the past week.
As the days approach closer to polling day on 28th April, it’s now becoming a case of BN flexing its muscles.
For all the public funds that it’s literally throwing to the residents of Ijok, the entire state machinery – government, police, Election Commission, even welfare bodies and universities, BN has shown that it is nothing but cheap and woefully lacking in imagination, ideas and vision.
Just today, Tuesday, in the morning the KeADILan team who went to Sg Darah were threatened by BN thugs. The medical doctors however did videotape them with their digital cams and it’s now on its way to Kuala Lumpur to be sent to news agencies.
And this afternoon, KeADILan found out that the Election Commission had altered and tampered with the KeADILan logo on Saturday’s ballot paper. Not only is this a serious error, it shows how tightly this fight has been, where the EC could even stoop this low. Perhaps the EC would prefer to be logo designers instead of lackeys of Umno, but perhaps they should this after this weekend.
Last night in Batang Berjuntai, the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) lined up the streets during a ceramah held by KeADILan. Three (3) trucks were parked across the road. This only made the residents curious and angry, bringing out even more residents to the ceramah (a plus point), but there is little doubt that such display of police might will frighten quite a number of voters.
Anwar Ibrahim could not even get to another ceramah as the road was blocked, some 2 km away.
This is the most expensive by-election in Malaysian history. At the very least, KeADILan should be proud of making into the record books. And it will be the dirtiest and one should anticipate a fair amount of violence. If BN would even dare to go after Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his guest , anything can happen here.
We shall see what happens tonight. I shall try to update more, but no promises.
I have been informed by contacts in the intelligence that from now on, the mainstream media, who has largely been very supportive the past week, has been instructed to only publish bad or false news. No one should blame them, as their survival resides on a mere flimsy piece of paper (publishing license) and the reporters have done their best.
Now it’ll just be party activists, supporters, friends and residents – walking the grounds, speaking through loud-hailers, talking to voters, leafletting and of course the ceramahs.
God save us.
God save Ijok.
God save Malaysia. (as first quoted in Mr. Maverick’s blog)