(GE12) Nominations through February 24, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: Bukit Lanjan, free and fair, GE12, KeADILan, N37, PAS, PRU12
In the Subang (P107) constituency, all Opposition candidates got their nominations approved. It’s all straight fights in the state seats (Kota Damansara, Paya Jeras and Bukit Lanjan) as well as the Parliament seat.
The morning was not without the usual Election Commission nonsense. At the freshly painted green gates of the multipurpose hall, MBPJ Bandar Utama, we were refused entry initially. Apparently, the candidates, proposers and seconders all had to have name tags with a photo for ID purposes (and not all of us were given that).
“No photo, no tag, no entry,” claimed an EC guy.
“Isn’t MyKad enough? Is it not an ID?” I shouted.
“You’re denying our democratic right to file our papers????” exclaimed one of the nominators.
One of the candidates just about had it. He told them to consult their superiors inside, since we too had already called the EC in advance about this, and were told, ‘no problems’.
“If you still refuse to open this gate, we will bring it down,” he said, pointing at our 500-odd noisy crowd of supporters. My darling parents who had come down from Ipoh, looked a little worried.
A minute, the EC officer scurried over to us and allowed us through.
The highlight inside the Nomination Centre was when the PAS candidate (Paya Jeras) objected to his opponent’s nomination and produced photographic evidence of shocking abuse of Selangor state facilities. The BN chap had opened his Operations Room in a KEMAS centre!
(KEMAS is the community development division of the Ministry of Rural Development)
Needless to say, PAS’ objection was dismissed.
Tonight – Ceramah @ Paya Jeras – 9 pm with all Opposition candidates (near Econosave, Sungai Buloh)