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BERSIH police report against KJ & co April 12, 2007

Posted 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.

Yesterday, BERSIH – a civil society coalition for clean and fair elections – lodged a police report at the Machap Baru Police Station on corrupt practices, that is ‘treating‘. 🙂

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?)

Well, even the deputy prime minister was ‘caught in the act’, after announcing a windfall of RM 3.7 million worth of projects for Felda Tun Ghafar Baba Hutan Percha settlers in Machap on April 10.

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 med@refsa.org

(* Happy to share my photoshop-ed pic, but link-back to post lar!)



1. Libra - April 12, 2007

Do you honestly believe the police will act on the reports? They all belong to the same gang – BN, EC and PDRM.
On the other hand if BN were to make a report against the DAP, the police will spring to action almost immediately and the media would have gone to town with the news.

EW: If we don’t start somewhere and try to stop this, then they will continue to do so with impunity and nothing will change. Everything counts.

2. kittykat46 - April 12, 2007

I don’t have any statistics, but I doubt there are that many young voters in the constituency. Many people who grew up in that area end up living in the city – I’m one of them.
I guess some may still be registered voters in the constituency, judging from the reported 20% of voters who don’t reside there. Being a weekday, many may not make it to vote. Too bad.

3. sam - April 12, 2007

I agree with EW. When a lie is being repeated a thousand times, people will believe it as truth.

4. siew fong - April 14, 2007

we as dema members had tried to help BERSIH in monitoring machap by election. even i just went there for one day, i already saw how “rich” BN. Ah Ong said we can see more dirty in the area that BN not confirm to win. ya, we wait for Ijok.

5. Next victim: Malaysia-Today « * SUSAN LOONE’s blog * - July 23, 2007

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