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Incommunicado March 11, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
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I shall be incommunicado until the swearing-in ceremony. Please bear with the radio-silence until the dust clears.

I’m told there are pics in the Chinese papers Monday evening edition of a Selangor state offices where there’s evidence of burnt documents (I have no access to those pics at this point in time – if you have the link, please ping the link here). In one of the offices, we were informed that papers were mockingly torn in front of our supporters.

Nope it’s not over yet. Someone else still harbours ambitions of being Chief Minister again.

Now for a little fact to whet one’s appetite.

The Semanjung (Peninsular) Malaysia votes for KeADILan-DAP-PAS was 51.79%  50.21% (initial mistake was due to total lack of sleep) compared to BN’s 49.79%.

This means the once thought to be impenetrable monolithic BN does not command the majority of votes here!!! It was only saved by Sabah and Sarawak.

More later….

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1. 猫子 - March 11, 2008

[Sarawakians:] Gee sorry for the statistics… we did wat we could -_-”

2. Sooth - March 11, 2008

The Semanjung (Peninsular) Malaysia votes for KeADILan-DAP-PAS was 51.79% compared to BN’s 49.79%.

Where did the extra 1.58% come from?

3. Damocles - March 11, 2008

I think that there’ll be massive destruction of incrimating evidence in offices where the opposition will be taking over.
This should have been foreseen and steps taken to thwart it.
In fact, teams from the opposition should be ready to prevent anyone from entering offices which will be handed over to the opposition.
Anyone entering must be accompanied by members of the party slated to take over and perhaps the police or other neutral parties be also present to ensure that only the personal effects of those vacating the office are taken out.
That way official documents will remain intact.
I think that such matters are worth considering because, if the opposition do well in administering the areas under their control, there is every possibility that they may form the next government.

4. WN - March 11, 2008

Congratulations Eli. Here are the pics posted in Cari Chinese forum http://chinese3.cari.com.my/myforum/viewthread.php?tid=1139237&extra=page%3D1

5. kittykat46 - March 11, 2008

Folks,
Stay calm , stay cool.
Somebody may be trying to spark a constitutional crisis, to regain through intrigue what they lost at the ballot box.

6. kim - March 11, 2008

Liz,

Wow!

Taking into account the current tense situation now, is it safe for you guys to work in the s’gor state office ?

by the way, will you all be advertising vacant positions in the S’gor state admin division ? :)

i suggested this earlier..for an unbiased report of development of s’gor,will you all be considering a very own online s’gor community newspaper or even the radio(?) channel ?

rgds.

7. Antares - March 11, 2008

Eli said: “The Semanjung (Peninsular) Malaysia votes for KeADILan-DAP-PAS was 51.79% compared to BN’s 49.79%. This means the once thought to be impenetrable monolithic BN does not command the majority of votes here!!! It was only saved by Sabah and Sarawak.”

Don’t forget the major role the EC played in facilitating countless thousands of phantom and postal votes and flouting its own rules.
Lots of complaints, too, about the use of blue pencils instead of pens
at all polling booths. In KKB the DAP candidate initially won the election. But his joy was shortlived. Suddenly the EC produced a bunch of postal votes which caused him to lose by 500 votes to the BN candidate! It doesn’t smell good. I’m told that postal votes have to be counted first, not last. The people of KKB are not at all happy about this is they had gotten very fond of the DAP candidate who has charm and sincerity on his side.

I feel sure that without resorting to full-scale cheating, BN would have been reduced to a speck of dust – at least in Peninsular Malaysia! :-)
When Parliament begins you guys have your work cut out. Somany urgent tasks: repealing obsolete, repugnant and repressive laws, bringing corrupt judges to justice, investigating the EC, cleaning up the electoral rolls, phew! Need any help? How about some kampong-style gotong-royong? :-)

8. Yusuf - March 11, 2008

On Saturday 8th March 2008 a margin of hope was sparked across Malaysia by the outstanding progress the opposition parties had made against intransigent government forces.

Amongst the reverie and excitation a new dawn seemed to glimmer on Malaysia’s political horizon. The dark clouds of cronyism and nepotism, seen hanging over Malaysia over the past few years, appeared to move slightly in the breeze of change engendered by a salvo of public opinion.

At present the breeze will only ruffle feathers and maybe bring a few durians down on some people’s heads, but should this momentum continue for the next few years it promises to be the maelstrom much needed to bring a permanent change for this green and endearing land. With the maelstrom will come the much needed rain to give sustenance to this country and a pleasant cleansing rain where negativity, oppression and egocentric small-mindedness will be swept away to herald in the brilliant future Malaysia much deserves.

Hope, hard work and community spirit will return to transform Malaysia, already being highlighted by faint rays of the new dawn, into the once proud and prosperous nation it deserves to be, once again holding its head high in the global family as the noble soul it already is.

Saturday was but the beginning, the Rakyat and those that govern must now take the next step to consolidate on the gains already made by the bravery and courageousness of the people and the new leaders.

It will be a time of hope but with that comes responsibility, the responsibility for the people to ensure that the old ways of bribery and corruption are left behind and the path of honesty and truthfulness is taken instead – then and only then will The New Dawn really arrive.

9. Jimmy - March 11, 2008

Eli,
I was looking at the final results of the General Election 2008. What caught my attention was the distribution of the Parliament seats. Barisan Nasional (BN) now has 140 seats – 86 from West Malaysia, 54 from East Malaysia while Barisan Rakyat (BR) has 82 in total – 80 in West Malaysia and 2 in East Malaysia. Comparing like-with-like, BN only has 6 seats advantage. They are in a precarious situation as East Malaysia MPs make up 39%. Will these MPs have a greater say in Parliament? Will they have more representations in the new Cabinet? I hope they do. Our East Malaysia brothers and sisters have always been under-represented and their voices seldom heard. Riches from both the East Malaysia states have filled the West Malaysia coffers, while little or no major developments were accrued to them. My East Malaysia friends often express their dissatisfaction for West Malaysia people.

54 is by no mean a small number. Let’s say 30 of them decided to join the other side, imagine how the Dacing (scale) will tip. The power of numbers.

Yes, you are right. BN is saved by East Malaysia.

10. hasilox - March 11, 2008

Who is the opposition now? :D

11. clearwater - March 11, 2008

The maths need 2 be better-51+49 is more than 100 before adding the decimals.The point, however, is plain 4 all 2 see. BN has lost the popular vote in Peninsular Malaysia n most pointedly, in most mixed urban areas where internet access is readily available. Hail the bloggers!

12. clearwater - March 11, 2008

Sorry, should read ..’equal to’ and not.. ‘more than’ 100 before adding the decimals. Am also not smarter than a 5th Grader sometimes despite my advanced years.

13. geeclau - March 11, 2008

In fact, BN and non-BN get about the same number of Parliament seats in Peninsular. Reform must be carried over SPR & BPR to avoid any misconducts/inefficiency/cover-up again!

I strongly urge that PKR-DAP-PAS can successfully pressure BN to set up ICMC to replace IPCMC & BPR. This ICMC will act like ICAC of Hong Kong and has the right to investigate, arrest and charge anyone in violation of anti-corruption law. Remember, IPCMC is only who police force, what about other ministries/agencies?

I am an academic staff of IPTA, and I clearly seen how monies have been wasted or misused. I can and will provide more details to curb these problems at the right time in the near future!

14. Pratamad - March 11, 2008

Hi, Eli. Congrats.

Your maths has a mistake. “49.79% for BN” is certainly correct, but the remaining for KeADILan-DAP-PAS should be 50.21%, if we ignore whatever the few Independents have garnered.

15. kaksi - March 11, 2008

Eli, you can find
the photos here

16. Jega - March 11, 2008

It has always been the winner take all. the alignment of the constituencies are such that in urban arear the winning cadidates have achieved majorities far in excess of the total number of voters in the rural areas.
It ia is no small wonder then for BN to have 140 seats, i.e. 63.063% against BR’s 36.937% of the seats

17. Harris Beh - March 11, 2008

Do what you have to do first. Congratulations ! Well done. Thank you for standing out there for us.
There will be attempts to cover up. It always happens with corrupt administrations and officials.

18. wooyi - March 11, 2008

May I suggest a top priority of the new state gov? Please bring back local elections. Democracy where it matters the most!! No more appointment mayors, let the people decide who will represent them locally..

19. sam - March 11, 2008

hello eli

way to go!

we must continue with the struggle for balance of justice and balance of power.

sam

20. Allen Tan - March 11, 2008

So opposition should convince E Malaysia natives parties to leave BN.
I would want to see how Khir Toyo looks for being an opposition leader in Selangor.

21. sam - March 11, 2008

hello elizabeth

will the issue of zakaria palace be pursued although the owner has passed away?

tearing down the palace will be a good lesson to all

sam

22. peisheah - March 11, 2008

We hope Anwar prepares you guys to face the barons & the mess. The silence from those corrupt is deafening!

23. k119 - March 11, 2008

If you don’t want a repeat of a corruption laden government, Toyo and his goons must be brought to book. Yes, there must be a witch hunt….and the witches burnt at the stake. Otherwise be prepared for these rascals to ransack the remaining 8 states and hand over an empty shell to the PKR DAP PAS coalition 5 years from now.

24. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - March 11, 2008

When there are things that are clearly wrong
Arrogance and defiance won’t make them strong
When proof and evidence are displayed on a prong
For all to examine and comment as in a throng

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 110308
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
http://msi.Rocky101.com
Tue. 11th Mar. 2008.

25. dorjee - March 11, 2008
26. shag - March 11, 2008
27. Libra - March 11, 2008

Wrong calculations. Should be:
BR = 50.21%
BN = 49.79

You should also consider the votes that went to Independents. That would reduce BN’s percentage.

28. ront - March 11, 2008

‘saved by sabah and sarawak’??

those BN fellas there has more $$ to spend….rephrase…they are rich and able to come up with the cash to throw at the voters which ultimately will be claimed back from the treasury…….

if it was a fair election……i dont think the result would have been what it is today….

29. foongsteven - March 11, 2008

Please delete the previous comment I wrote so that it’s not something said in public. From denying 2/3rds majority to becoming state government put me in fear and trembling, really. This is so serious now. If you need help in anyway don’t hesitate to reach me 016-2563369.

Cheers,
Steven Foong

30. akalminda - March 11, 2008
31. wiccanlilly - March 11, 2008

Excerpts available on Malaysia-Today.

Selangor State Officers Destroy Documents ….. Sulit
http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/4147/84/

32. wiccanlilly - March 11, 2008
33. Bob K - March 11, 2008

The story was featured in Sin Chew :

http://www.sinchew-i.com/node/11708?tid=19

34. mike - March 11, 2008

errr – eli – 51.79 + 49.79 > 100% ??

In any case – i just wanna say congratulations to all of you for having the strength to run – and to WIN. we spoke in centrepoint – i was the one with the cute kid and wife – although i am sure you can’t remember due to the number of people you must have seen throughout your campaign. Now the challenge is this – live up to the people’s faith in you, and BN will never return to Selangor!

35. DewA_LavaU - March 11, 2008
36. Niraj Sanghvi - March 11, 2008
37. nstman - March 11, 2008

Congratulations, now we have a glamorous assemblywoman. Bravo.

38. faith - March 11, 2008

I am sure most of this documents are output of some computers unless they are still using the trustworthy typewriter. If it is computer, get hold of this computer or ask them to return all their govt laptops immediately – they can format the hard disk or delete the files and empty the recycle bin. However, in this digital age, you can reverse all of this to find out what is in these document.

There are some freeware that you can download to do this.

39. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - March 11, 2008

In your own silence and quietness
May you continue to bear witness
And give due credit to the greatness
Of divine assistance and faithfulness

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 110308
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
http://msi.Rocky101.com
Tue. 11th Mar. 2008,

40. wattahack - March 11, 2008

YB Eli most docs are typewritten in PCs hunt those down and you can get files. hack them if need be. even if they deleted it we have no problem recovering them.

41. Jimmy - March 12, 2008

Heard Khir Toyo is now missing in action. Has he fled the country with the loots?

Anyone can confirm?

42. kim - March 12, 2008

toyo MIA? anyone’s guess but i sure hope he brought all the brooms along with him..

and the pictures of the shredded docs.. – my oh my..must say is well shredded.. i wonder what brand of shred they use?

43. satyadharma - March 12, 2008

New era starts for Makkal of Malaysia
And to Barisan Rakyat, the real work only begins now…

We all are in the Age of Light, the Time of Energy Surge, as the infrastructure and info technology have been evidently manifested throughout the Earth – to seek the Very Truth of who we are and what we are here for.

Sakti, the universal creative power, will prevail when one after another Light of everyone is on; and Light turns on Light.

Suggestion:
Penang and Selangor as the Island/State of Light, beacon of all Malaysians to see Hope, to regain Courage and to be Total-Freedom in ONEness.

Make both states the pivot of Human Rights and Mankind Consciousness in all possible aspects, as they now have a chance to lead Malaysians towards a multi-dimensional viewpoint and experiencing of what true meaning of Life is about: spirituality cum material.

Once, bravo to all courageous Souls!

44. nizam - March 14, 2008

congratz!!!

Now, governs the 5 states successfully. Show the rakyat that you can govern states and then Malaysia nation especially in economy, safety, justice, education, state administration, transparency and many more.

if you excel in the five states, you can convince the rakyat to choose you as a ruling party at federal level; the same manifesto or strength of BN.

in your future manifesto, pay attention to investor/ corporate sectors. Draft the manifestos as if you are going to become the Malaysia ruling party. Alike BN, play with statistics and numbers; say 10 million for education, say millions for safety etc. opposition should have shadow cabinet line-up to prepare these manifesto.

Now, concentrate on Sabah and Sarawak parliamentary and state seats. pkr (or the opposition front) must show that it is a party for all races and ethnics ie bajau, kadazan, dusun etc. most of them vote BN because their mentality (i might be wrong) is BN brings development. if you can develop the 5 states, they can open their eyes and vote opposition in next general election.

Pas, pkr, dap etc must groom leaders or candidates for the 13th general election. Pick candidates with strong education background so that people have faith in them able to govern states (or Malaysia). Starting from today, these candidates must turun padang to list down all the problem faces by rakyat and tackled the problems; win their heart and show them that you do works. if the candidates don’t have enough time and energy, seek help from opposition supporters or appoint assistances as many as you need.BN won uncontested in 11 parliamentary seats meaning opposition lacks 11 leaders/ candidates.

Starting today until the next GE, keep record of mismanagements, corruptions (power and money), wrongdoings of BN for your campaigning points.

Most of the main media in Malaysia are controlled by the ruling party. opposition candidates must use alternative medium such as internet or blogs to convey their messages, counter the ruling party allegations, reveals corruptions by BN etc. if the candidates are busy, ask the party supporters to run the blog; maybe can elect media committee. The opposition have won five states and KL; make as many press conference as you can to address your developments, progress etc. each states have its own radio station; use these opportunity to deliver the messages.

Work very hard during this 4 or 5 years!!

If not, rakyat will vote for BN in the next election

if selangor can beat pahang or sabah or sarawak in economy, safety, education etc performances, the sabahan and the sarawakian and pahang people might choose the opposition in 13th GE.

The opposition must pick an outstanding state as a benchmark while governing the 5 states. If say pahang attracted 10 foreign investors, the five states must have more than 10 investors. If sabah crime rate is 10 %( let say it is a state with lowest crime rate), the opposition must have lower than 10% of crime rate. The examples are endless.

45. yapchongyee - March 15, 2008

Hello Anil ! You have written a very insightful article arising from the Sub-prime mortgage problem, of which I was not too clear about. After reading your article I can see that it looks very much the 1997 problem that got Asia undone by the same people from the US and I suppose from EU.

I believe in one wise and ancient saying that nothing comes from nothing; and no matter how clever you are you just cannot pump up hot air and expect it to remain the same all the time, what goes up must eventually come down. The BN government have for the last 50 years been about shaving off a percentage of all government generated contracts and franchises for their own selfish benefit; I would go as far as to say that about 25% of all government contracts have been shaved off and pass on as waste due to corruption. Grandiose projects are thought up that are not of any urgency or requirement are implemented merely because the bigger they are the more the politicians can shave off for themselves. Looking at the second bridge project for Penang I can only say that this is another white elephant that will costs the state several billion ringgit and the shave off will make another crony very rich.

I have been back to KL and the huge highway that runs through KL to Penang must have costs several billions, and from my observation there is no urgency for such a huge project, Penang is a sea port and Penang could have a first class air-port to improve much needed infrastructure, but instead you plan to put in a billion dollar second bridge project; where is the need for such a project ?

In KL the hugely expensive FREEWAY does not merit the expenditure because it has not loosened up traffic at all, there are still very long traffic chock points that were there before the highway was put in use as it is now when it is in use. These projects were built merely to benefit those in power. To give them the opportunity to collect toll and to shave off a percentage of the contract sum. The BN government has wasted billions upon billions over the past 50 years. Compare the returns on investment between Singapore and Malaysia and you can see what they have and how they have put their investment dollars to good use. Malaysia wasted their billions upon billions of their ringgit merely to profit a few in the government. While Singapore has invested billions of dollars towards building up one of the world’s finest educational system and a world renown R & D facilities, Malaysia is still “clomping” along at bullock-cart speed; there is just no comparison, a case of cheese and chalk. Singapore has catapulted into the front ranks of a 21st century economy, while Malaysia is still chugging along at a leisurely “kampong” pace.

I have forever said that Malaysia had the good fortune to discover oil at the time that I left Malaysia, and that discovery of oil saved Malaysia from becoming a case of a SUDAN OR AFGHANISTAN. Malaysia has no manufacturing to speak off. What is passed off as manufacturing in Malaysia is nothing more than mere assembly of discarded Japanese technology as eg. The assembly of the Mitsubishi that passes for the Proton. Yes Malaysia bought the British Lotus and what profitability has it generated ? Look at the Malaysian icon of cheap flights, like Asia Airlines a success story, but it was bought by Fernandes for 1 ringgit and turned around. The Malaysian government lost billions in that project only to be turned around by a non Malay. There are hundreds of other similar examples, that proves the rule that AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS A WASTE OF SCARCE RESOURCES; it did not really benefit the Malays because all the projects that were supported by Affirmative action went into huge losses and they did not benefit Malaysia in any meaningful way.

The Malays ought to by now at least by trial and error, realize that it takes a certain type of individual to become an entrepreneur and one can say by a rule of thump that a Malay is not likely to be one.

Penang is an excellent test bed for Malaysia (and by that I mean the BN government) to find a more effective model for development than just sticking to a failed model that is hooked on affirmative action that has gone on for the last 50 years. I agree with DAP that the NEP needs to be scraped because Penang is mainly Chinese, may I guess about 75% Chinese ? Therefore, 75% of the population will not need affirmative action (are there 25% Malays in Penang ? ) In the case of Penang therefore, may I suggest that CM Lim Guan Eng need not take any step back from what he has declared, that he will scrap the NEP(I think he will scrap it too ). My suggestion is for the CM to implement a public announcement of all the good stuff eg. Government contracts up for tender and scholarships and jobs in government.
My suggestion is that if qualified Malays win any government contracts by fair tender then government assistance may be available to the successful Malay contractor to complete the project. This model is built on the foundation that merit is the basis of success and that if the Malay candidate has merit but not sufficient means to complete his project, the government will render assistance to him. This system will therefore remove the “Malay Sultan syndrome”; the Chinese dubbed this the Malai Wong system, whereby the China-man enlist a Malay as the chairman and under his name takes on a government contract and pays off the Malay chairman a percentage of the contract but the whole project is managed by the Chinese. This system has gone on ever since the first days of Merdeka and it is the greatest indictment of the failure of Malaysia’s failed affirmative action. Let us be blunt about it, if the Malay is not able or qualified to take the job then where is the common sense for taking him on ? His inadequacy only blow up the costs of the project and this has gone on forever.

I can say that I speak for most Chinese that we do not object and for that matter we had never ever objected to a fair and equitably administered affirmative action, meaning that this assistance are given justly to deserving cases of Malays who need assistances to progress. We Chinese only object to the wastage brought on by nepotism and corruption. If affirmative action only benefits an elite then the Malays will never progress to the point when they will not need any assistance. This is our objection. That being the case CM Lim can experiment with a system that will ultimately create a class of Malay entrepreneurs that will draw level with the other races. What CM Lim has said is just common sense and good thinking. We Chinese do not need any affirmative action.

On the issue of the award of scholarships and government jobs, if I remember rightly, there is provision in the original Malaysian Constitution that mandates a ratio of 3 : 1 in other words, a 25% places reserved for non-Malays; but this provision had been perverted by those administer the government to give ALL THE PLACES to the Malays. All we need do is to revert to the original Malaysian Constitution and enforce that provision according to the law. We need to name the successful candidates in the press, like the publication of the HSC results. Who are the Malays and who are the non-Malays to show transparency and just administration of the required affirmative action. I believe that transparency is the key and it applies even in the case of the Malays.

46. Damansara Perdana - March 20, 2008

Dear Elizabeth,
We are all encouraged to read in the papers that the elected ADUNs have pledged to save the Kota Damansara Forest . The Friends of Kota Damansara(FoKD) have worked tirelessly over the years and FoKD will not stop until the remaining forest is GAZETTED as a permanent forest reserve.
Damansara Perdana used to be an orang asli reserve of 800 acres of forest. During M.Taib’s tenure as Selangor MB, this prime land was given to MK.
Today this is a bustling township of highrise buildings and shops with bad traffic jams. The latest proposed PJ structure plan shows that the last steep and hilly green forested area is to be developed for housing. By law, at least 10% or 80acres must be set aside for open space but none is provided.
I hope that as the wakil rakyat here you will look into this important environmental issue before it is too late.
Thank you.

47. Damansara Perdana - March 25, 2008

Dear Elizabeth,
Congrats on your exco appointment! More so on the environment portfolio. For too long now the BN controlled Selangor govt. have been allowing haphazad development that shows scant respect for the environment. One should just look at Damansara Perdana to see the numerous highrise offices and apartments already approved and built/or under construction. There is already insufficient carparks at present, and I can’t imagine the situation in future.According to the proposed PJ structure plan, more massive commercial development have been planned and the whole presently green hill have been zoned for housing.
I wonder how the developer get all these approved, on a land that used to be an ORANG ASLI FOREST RESERVE? The least the state govt. should do is to impose a mandatory requirement to preserve the green hill which is too steep for development anyway.
Just next door is Mutiara Damansara where the developer have intentionally limitted the commercial plot ratio to 1:3, hence most of the commercial buildings are pleasantly low and sufficient, well designed carparks are provided.
Previously I would not want to waste my time writing all this because we the people know that the previous BN govt.never listen to the people. As a resident here, I urge you to look into this matter urgently.
Thank you.


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