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(GE12) This *is* the dirtiest elections ever March 4, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The Election Commission has cancelled the use of indelible ink for this general election, citing public order and security issues. (Malaysiakini, 4 March 2008)

The only conclusion that can be drawn from this stunning announcement is – BN is losing big time and is now desperate to have to resort to even cheaper and dirtier tricks, compared to the 1999 General Elections.

For all of us who marched in Kuala Lumpur seeking free and fair elections, please be prepared to defend our fundamental and constitutional right to free and fair elections.

It’s no longer about denying two-thirds. It is clear there are larger stakes at hand.

Don’t let cheats into the halls of state assemblies and the Parliament.


1. yh - March 4, 2008


m with u on this.

expect more shit from this ra-shit between now and election day. by the way, can the people start a class action suit against thsi shithead for wasting taxpayer’s money again?

2. ls - March 4, 2008

Dear Elizabeth,

I smelt a rat right from the start. To my mind, the EC never did want to use the ink as this would be detrimental to hantu voters, all the talk about no nail polish etc 2 weeks ago was just a pacifier, a con game to keep the electorate happy. How can the EC just do U turns willy nilly in the course of the election campaigns? Surely they have to decide before the campaign period, yes or no. Next thing you will hear is that the use of transparent ballot boxes will be curtailed, perhaps supplier problem or some other stupid story they will spin.

The whole election system has Bought and Paid For, the Bersih rally was ineffective and the King was powerless to act. The EC was a signed, sealed and delivered deal.

God help us!

3. Lia - March 4, 2008

what a load of …!*(!)#(#*#)#)#

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6. MUSLIM - March 4, 2008

Ask our Imam Hadari, what is the hukum for cheating the rakyat, for telling lies to the rakyat, for stealing from the rakyat, not all that, What about telling all lies about ten comandment of his Islam Hadari. Tidak kah engkau merasa malu kapada Agama lain. kerana membohong kapada orang Islam sendiri. Cukup lah Pak Lah.

7. Michelle - March 4, 2008

Unbelievable,unbelievable unbelievable , shockingly unbelievable. Whatever that they are up to, let’s just give them the biggest jolt of their life come evening of 8th March and morning of 9th March. Meanwhile, people people, offer your help to be polling and counting agents on 8th march. Lots of help are needed. Call Mogan of PKR at 012-727 8613 to sign up. Attend training at PKR’s operations centre, 9 Jalna Sepah Puteri 5/1B, Kota Damansara 9pm.

8. cj - March 4, 2008

the feeling that the whole election is just a farce is nagging at me nonstop. it’s corrupted to the core.

9. 猫子 - March 4, 2008

well, that’s why they can win lor…
rumor also has it that an entire legion of 40k strong are marching towards kelantan as phantom voters ^ ^”

10. MZA - March 4, 2008

How else can BN win Terengganu and Kelantan as Pak Lah, Najib and Idris Jusoh proclaimed? Not to mention Penang, Kedah, Perlis and possibly Selangor!

Looks like it is going to be a field day to the hantu. We have to think of ways to trap these hantu – be it the bus type, or worse, the mobile groups in cars. They can vote in 20 or 30 voting centres in the 9 hours of election time. More so if they receive special treatment by SPR during their registration to collect their slips.

11. Mohd Basri bin Ahmad Mursidi - March 4, 2008

That is Islam Hadari. Lies,Lies,Lies

12. Damocles - March 4, 2008

These bastards are very scared of losing.
They are using all sorts of tricks to win!
I think it’s about time to start thinking about the unthinkable!
And the earlier, the better!

13. multidimid - March 4, 2008

Yes dirty all along and even at the last minute, no indelible ink to be used.
Police & Army “Postal Doubles” detected in issuance of postal Ballots; (over 6 in KL & 13 in Sarawak) & MORE in Computer Database; Postal Voting on but No secrecy guaranteed; Ballot Nos can be traced to Voters
RM2 Million Down the Drain – Indelible INK NOT USE in GE 2008 – Public Security Order Reason; Bogus Fear tactic that Similar INK has been purchjase to cause Confusion; Ensure the hanky panky can go once again;
Basing on 4 Police reports (similar Ink had been purchased) the IGP used the Bogus Fear tactic that “confusion and suspicion as to the status of voters“ would arise to convince the EC & AG that the used of the INK is not advisable More details at Updates at
Plus PKR view that “BN intelligence must clearly be showing a swing towards the Opposition, thus forcing them to resort once again to phantom voters and other forms of cheating to minimize the electoral losses”

14. Food for thought - March 4, 2008

The writting is already on the wall the day the the retirement age of the EC Chairman was extended to 66. This sign is clear then and it is clearer now. This is how BN mislead the people. The most basic form of democratic process is also being RAPED AND ABUSED, need I say more? This has now given me more reasons to vote for the opposition. I can’t help but laugh at the stupidity of the EC and BN.

What utter rubbish citing public disorder. Look at Indonesia’s usage of the indelible ink, latest being the election by the people for the Governor’s post for Jakarta. I do not see any trouble or disorder. In fact, the people are so proud having voted and showing off the indelible ink on their fingers.

I am in Jakarta now and will defintiely go back to KL to vote,despite having to pay for my air-ticket and fiscal of Rp.1 million. My vote is for CHANGE, for the betterment of Malaysian as a whole, otherwise, I would have been making a gross injustice to the future of my children staying in Malaysia. I can be considered to be in the “Silent Majority” group, now sincerely speaking from the heart.

15. arifabdull - March 4, 2008

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16. Sha - March 4, 2008

Looks like UMNO and BN looking has no choice but to go back to their old tricks in ensuring they win the election with fraud. Already many news has been widely spread on the mismanagement of our country under the ruling party. Day by day people of all races are becoming more confident in casting their vote for opposition. EC decision today is a clear abuse of power before even BN can win the 2/3 majority. Vote is our right Use it Wisely to safeguard our nation and people of all races. Our sincere thanks to opposition candidates who have worked thru tireless night everyday explaning to people our ruling party abuses. Today you have certainly proof to all of us what you have said is absolutely CORRECT CORRECT. Enough Is Enough – Calling People of All Races Vote For Change Vote For Opposition

17. Allen Tan - March 4, 2008

A brainless Rashid is so fickled minded, how can he be trusted? 2 over million ringgits have gone into the drain. The most important thing is, EC will have some other dirty means to play foul.

18. oA - March 4, 2008


how do you suppose they win all the time?

how do you suppose they took back the east coast state of capital T?

is the country’s population really stood at 26 million?

is the voting population really stood at 10.5million?

of the 10.5 million voters maybe 10 % are phantom voters.

bn is nothing but all lies.


19. oA - March 4, 2008


ohh .. forgot to say …

thats pride of unmo.

20. Daniel - March 4, 2008

Now you start to see the crooks showing up!

21. Daniel 2 - March 5, 2008

Even the IGP acknowledges that there will bus loads of outstation voters going to polling centres


I hope the King will intervene.
The rakyat cannot tolerate this any longer!
Enuff is enuff. How many more elections we have to go through this?

22. simon - March 5, 2008

Actually I was NEVER in favour of using indelible ink.

Being a Christian we do not want to mark our bodies on purpose.

I was planning on kicking a ruckus on election day on my religious and constitutional rights but this WILL NOT materialise.

Also…. I have never allowed even Sunway Lagoon last time to rubber stamp my hand and I always kicked a ruckus there so now there are using a band of plastic on the arm. Used to have arguments at the gate everytime…..but again this issue has been solved.

23. yapchongyee - March 5, 2008

IN DEFENSE OF Dato Seri Anwar

Hey! Dr Chandra Muzaffar are you trying to dazzle the poor Malaysians with your “Doctor” whatever that stands for; please la Doc. That Phd. Does not mean shit, It does not make you more intelligent and it does not neam that you are any smater than when you started. A Phd. Just means that you had taken an in depth study of one aspect of a subject and as a matter of fact a Phd merely leads to a career in teaching, Our Asian people are so awed by that Phd., thinking that these Phd. Types Know it all, nothing is further from the truth.

Comrade Chandra to my way of thinking, and by your claims made against Dato Seri, I say that you are bloody naïve. We are all humans (I think so) and we have emotions and full of bias and prejudices; and above all we are in truth all racist. I am racist & you are racist, and the only difference between a Mahatma Ghandi type saint and an ARYAN Nazi thug is that most of us who dare claim that he is not racist (you can leave me out because I am racist) are those who’ve got a two bit claim to having higher education, a wanna be intelltual. Comrade Chandra says that Dato Seri in the past had been consistently not in favour of Chinese and maybe he is truthful, while Dr Lim Kheng Yaik claims that Dato Seri is chamileon and in Lim Kheng Yaik’s experience with Dato Seri he could be speaking the truth. Bearing in mind that we all carry a lot of baggage are we correct in our estimation of the man. We are all very complex and we are all driven by self interests; therefore what oue see is not really what is the man ! We can never tell what a man will do in all circumstances because what we see as the man is only the tip of the iceberg.

Politics is all about perception and creating an IMAGE of the politician, and we just cannot know what the whole man is in truth. For Dr Chandra & Dr Lim Kheng Yaik to say that they both ahd worked with Dato Seri and that they know the man is ingenious. Both these Dr.’s are playing their support for the BN and not quite really to give an assessment of Dato Seri for what he is factually, because that will be beyond their capability. Having said that I say both of them are naïve THAT IS NOT HOW THE GAME OF POLITICS IS PLAYED. We can only take Dato Seri at his word and the issue is therefore ARE WE HAPPY WITH HIS PROGRAMME FOR HIS GOVERNMENT ? That to my mind is all that we need to ask and we will have to take him at his word; because we just cannot do otherwise. WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT IN TRUTH HE IS LIKE AND THAT BY OUR UNDERSTANDING HE WILL OR WILL NOT DLIVER WHAT HE HAD PROMISED FOR THE ELECTION. There is no need to go too far out of the way; ask yourselves what had BN promised for the last election (1999) and did BN deliver ? I do not think so !

Dato Seri and the United Front of DAP, PAS and Keadilan HAS MADE IT THEIR PLATFORM that if elected he and his United Front will deliver a GOVERNMENT FOR ALL MALAYSIANS AND TO STEP BACK FROM RACE BASED POLITICS. That is what we must accept for the truth; and if he ever fail to deliver then the next election vote him and his United Front out. This is what will therefore develop into a TWO PARTY POLITICAL STRUCTURE. Is this not what we want, and what is the profit if we just not believe him and we merely take the word og the two Dr.’s both of them are pretentious and know it all. I say do not listen to them shooting hot air. VOTE OPPOSITION and let 2 party politics develop.

24. yapchongyee - March 5, 2008


Politicians are all the same, and they are all consistently unreliable , because if he is reliable then he will not survive as a politician, therefore is Kheng Yaik any better than Dato Seri Anwar; I can say for certain that one is no better than the other. What I am saying is that we do not need to know anything about any particular candidate. We really do not need to know whether he is a good man or otherwise; and this perspective runs counter to what everybody is saying about what this has done or have not done. It is absolutely pretentious to claim that we are able to correctly assess the character of Dato Seri or Kheng Yaik and determine who is the better man. I SUPPORT DATO SERI ANWAR and I live in Australia therefore what do I know about Dato Sari. I do not a thing about him, and that is the thing about politics, IT IS ALL ABOUT PERCEPTION. In fact from my perspective, I will vote for Dato Seri Anwar even if I believe that Kheng Yaik and that Dato Seri is a chameleon and Kheng Yaik is correct. As I had earlier said I do not need to know anything about Dato Seri because I deal with the democratic process, I vote him because he says that under his government, RACE POLITICS WILL BE ABOLISHED and I want that so I vote for him and I do not need to know how good or bad he is. PROVE TO US WHEN YOU ARE IN GOVERNMENT OR WE VOTE YOU OUT. We therefore need to start to vote for the opposition to start the democratic process. We need to throw or better destroy UMNO now.

Dear my Chinese & Indian brothers, do not listen to Kheng Yaik because he is an UMNO dog and he will sell his mother or his wife to gain FAVOUR from the PM and UMNO. These are the UMNO dogs who hang out their tongues for CSRAPS THROWN FROM UMNO TABLE to the dining room floor. I spit on these MCA, MIC and Gerakhan dogs.

Kheng Yaik says that it was Dato Seri Anwar who put in place all those provisions that retarded the progress of Chinese education and that it was he & Najib who repealed it; let us examine Kheng Yaik’s statement to assess the credibility of his claim. I will first call Kheng Yaik A LIAR and then I will go on to examine what I mean by that epithet. I call Kheng Yaik a liar because the minister merely implements GOVERNMENT POLICY. In fact all decisions made by the Cabinet are made binding all ministers as one as ministerial cabinet collective decision. What Kheng Yaik is talking about is government policy and such policy are by the very nature taken by the PARTY IN GOVERNMENT and the minister’s function is to implement the details that will make the policy work on the ground; only UMNO as a party can change such policy and it is disingenuous to say that Najib revoked it. Having said that it can only be true that neither Najib nor Dato Seri could by himself revoke what Kheng Yaik claims credit for himself and Najib.

In this respect the powers of the minister controls only the details of implementation; but of course he has powers to grant exception in individual cases but not to change policy except with the agreement of cabinet. The Malaysian model of government mirrors that of the British. I anticipate that readers will want to ask me if ministers are so without powers then how is it that they can make money so corruptly; the answer to that question is in the power of the minister to approve contracts or such like. These functions belong to the Minister’s portfolio and they relate to “implementation. Therefore it is not true what Kheng Yaik says that it was najib who removed the offending laws that disadvantaged the Chinese.

The democratic process is all about checks and balances; therefore how can there be checks and balances if our Chinese & Indian brothers keep voting UMNO. If UMNO knows that we are all their SLAVES then where is there a need for UMNO to do what is just in line with our minority interests ? We have like a bunch of fools fear reprisals and we keep voting UMNO so do we not deserve to be spat on by UMNO as they are doing even as of now? Our duty to our selves is to vote UMNO out because it has always been UMNO that has formed government. Do we not owe it to our children and their children to pressure UMNO to act in our interests or we will put them out of business. WE NEED TO START AT THIS ELECTION TO START THE PROCESS GOING. If Keadilan, PAS DAP do not act in our interest when they are in power then in the next election we can vote them out. We need to start and now is as good a time as any. VOTE KEADILAN, DAP, PAS FOR CHANGE !

25. bamboo river - March 5, 2008

Just use a Mykad reader software and they can see if the voter and the photo in the MYkad reader is the same. Maybe go for thumbprint scan. Gomen spent millions and yet all tech savvy is not properly utilised.
If the banks can trust Mykad why not SPR?
Another thing is , please make sure the ballot boxes is marked “permanently”, no stiickers or easy to remove labels. They all looks the same!

26. Damocles - March 5, 2008

“What utter rubbish citing public disorder. Look at Indonesia’s usage of the indelible ink, latest being the election by the people for the Governor’s post for Jakarta. I do not see any trouble or disorder” – Food for thought

True, but the Indonesians have shown that they are as willing to use PEOPLE POWER against the government as the Philippinos.
In fact, they are even more daring because in the case of the Philippinos, they have the backing of the army while in the case of the Indonesians, they have to battle the army of President Suharto!
The worst case scenario could see the BN imposing itself on this country.
So, what is Plan B?

27. C.F. Chok - March 5, 2008

What a U-turn. Argument that ink will be used on the ignorant to prevent them from voting is ridiculous !!!! Most likely this U-turn is to allow phantom voters to vote. What a sham !!!!!

28. kim - March 5, 2008


I am darn speechless..

how can they all ‘suddenly’ realise that the use of indelible ink is against the constitution…

i can take it a bit when they say ‘in view of public order (??)’,but the constitution..????

they have all the time to analyse the implication of the use of indelible ink way before the election – from the legal and non – legal point of view…

why 3 days to d-day the you can say that or this is not in line with the constitution.

haiyo govt- if you want to mislead people – mislead lah in an intelligent way….

all this putar belit thingie won’t work..

tell lah..is this how you want to ‘lead by example’ – kempimpinan melalui teladan or err.. tauladan.. and to vote cos’ hanya satu pilihan’?

hello this is already 21st century lah, not 20 or 19th century – where the info age rules -internet ,youtubes etc -please don’t undermine our brains..

God help us..

Liz and Team …go get it people .. save our sanity!!

29. kim - March 5, 2008

they have the chance to show that they are listening to everyone’s grievances, but by cancelling the indelible ink procedure..

they have actually spoiled the fun.

if they let the indeli ink procedure go ahead and if indeed there is chaos..at least the EC can say we have listened to everyone and we have done what we can..but yet is not the best option.

but to pull the idea out at the last minute, when there are already so much suspicions in the minds of many of how transparent is the election..

is it in the best interest?

correct me please, if applicable…

30. Emmanuel - March 5, 2008

Hi Eli,

In the sea of Barisan news, managed to catch you and Gwo Burne distributing leaflets.Didn’t know you were a national swimmer though.
No matter what they do, the price of poor governance and weak leadership will have to be paid.Just change it!

31. Crankshaft - March 5, 2008

Certain irresponsible quarters had purchased indelible ink from abroad with the intention of creating confusion and suspicion as to the status of voters?

Was that the best excuse they could come up with??

Even I could give them some better suggestions for cancelling the use of indelible ink.

32. andy - March 5, 2008

i am Malaysian Chinese who lives and works in Singapore for almost 10 years. It is not doubt that after all these years, i am still concerned about whats going on in Malaysia areas such as the economy and social political issues. As a Malaysian, i felt sense of helplessness because in fact Malaysia has the abundance of resources – talented people, natural resources however ..never place in good use! in contrast Singapore has so little resources but now it has achieved way ahead of Malaysia in all expects…..why Malaysia lagging behind? because Malaysia is governed by incompetent leaders. Leaders who only taking care of themselves and their own interests..Whats Malaysia need is opposition party which can act as balancing act …..

I am happy to see new faces in the opposition party as it is good sign for Malaysia while it progresses into new millenium however expect turbulent ahead aspeciailly in areas race and religion issues. It takes time and wisdom before a new Malaysia emerged as multi-race and secular nation.

If Malaysia intends to be as successful as Singapore, first it must embrace justice and fairness and secondly a secular society whereby ordinary people can have his/her own choice of religion. Firstly it must abandon its bumiputera policy. Spoon feed a person all the time does not help that person, you only make her become more lazy. Imagine a boy never want to go to work becuase he knows that his daddy going to give him money to spend, never though that his daddy might one day pass away.—secondly religion freedom. Why Malays, Chinese and Indians cannot be integrated in terms of culture, languages? only because politicians love to apply policies based on his/her religion! They put this religion in practice believing that it is right but actually it has a negative effect! in malaysia not everybody believes in one religon..in fact it is multi race country not to forget Chinese, Indian, oborigines in the country!

There are other problems – corruption, higher crime rates, unemployment and as Malaysian we cannot do anything. It is sad when i see Malaysia in such a state now lagging behind countries like Singapore, Thailand and i dare not dream about the future…unless we do something like vote for opposition party…thats all we have…the power to vote…

i sincerely hope that this coming election will be a catalyst for all Malaysians be it Malay Chinese Indians….lets vote to make changes for the country….Barison National had been with us for more than 50 years….. vote for opposition party…..see what 4 years it can do for Malaysia!!!

when i see sports competition between Singaporean and Malaysian players , in my heart i always want to see Malaysian wins. Nowadays i tend to see Singaporeans win the game more often…is it a bad sign..!

33. kim - March 5, 2008

hi Mr Yap Chong Yee,

Can’t agree more with all your comments about change , check and balance, monopoly of umno etc .

yes we need the start the REAL machine of democracy in this election..

scare tactics don’t work…

MR Yap, u have speak our minds..

thank you

34. kim - March 5, 2008

JUSt wondering whether the govt’s action of cancelling the indelible ink thingie, is it their last resort to garner support from the public to show that they ‘care for their safety’ or is it a sheer last minute act of public stupidity to reinforce the dwindling support / faith they are getting from the people.

Andy , Mr Yap , thanks .

35. kim - March 5, 2008

way to go crankshaft…

36. Michelle - March 5, 2008

“simon – March 5, 2008
Actually I was NEVER in favour of using indelible ink.

Being a Christian we do not want to mark our bodies on purpose”

Sorry Simon – what has being a Christian to do with not wanting to have your body marked?

37. kim - March 5, 2008

thanks Michelle for asking Simon on behalf of me on the body marking issue…

yes Simon kindly share more of your thoughts..


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