BERSIH police report against KJ & co April 12, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
While DAP bites its nails over the current balloting, a few updates.
Voter turnout, which started slow, has now gone up close to 50%, though the lack of younger voters has DAP a little worried.
The report was made by Dr. Xavier Jayakumar, representing Bersih, against BN’s Machap candidate Lai Meng Chong, Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein, Umno Youth vice chief Khairy Jamaluddin and MCA Youth chief Liow Tiong Lai, who were all seen in the Oriental Daily photograph*.
“Corruption erodes our democracy and it disrupts the prerogative of the voter,” he said in a statement.
(Eh? Takde repot dalam Star, NST pun?)
Some argued it was just a regular allocation.
However when Najib Abdul Razak called on the people to ‘balas budi’ (return the favour) today by voting the ruling coalition, it’s vote-buying.
Any takers? Shahrir? This looks like a good case for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), no?
This brings me to my plug for BERSIH.
BERSIH is run on a volunteer basis, and we need, not hundreds, but thousands of volunteers come the 12th General Elections.
Though small, it has been making waves by documenting and pin-pointing corrupt practices, strange occurances (like sudden blackouts at counting centres!), ‘ghost’-busting and giving our Election Commission a big headache.
It’s not just our duty to vote, but to ensure that the process itself is free and fair.
Sadly, word has it that the coming General Elections will be even dirtier and smuttier than previous years, including 1999.
BERSIH needs citizens to help monitor and stop corrupt acts before and during elections. One can also help by being polling agents (during voting times) or counting agents. Willingness to stop buses of roving phantoms is a plus point.
The by-election at Ijok on 28th of April will be at a very different level and intensity from that of Machap. If you think Machap is ‘dirty’, wait for Ijok!
If anyone of you want to experience elections up-close and assist BERSIH in making the fight there fairer, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
(* Happy to share my photoshop-ed pic, but link-back to post lar!)