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(GE12) BN ups psywar March 5, 2008

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Someone made a comment re Chandra Muzaffar – ‘it’s alright if you sell-out, but don’t be made a tool of BN’. One must expect more riff-raffs to come out of the woodwork in these last couple of days of elections.

Anyway, there’s a VDC being distributed to Malay Muslim voters, which tells the story of the conspiracy of Jews and Western powers whose agents are Anwar Ibrahim and all leaders of the Opposition – and issues such as the Interfaith Commission, other Opposition issues and even BERSIH – the coalition for free and fair elections, are in fact part of the *BIG* Jewsih plot.

Get a life, guys.

Among all the politico-celebs, one non-leader stuck out like a sore thumb – ME! (Hahahahahaha!) But I have to thank Umno/SB for promoting me to their ranks and using a nice photo 😀  I must be doing something right re: Inter-faith dialogue, freedom of religion and free, fair elections.

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Can Rashid explain these? February 27, 2008

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This from my friend, Kok Fah, a staunch opposition supporter:-

I’m a voter since 1986. Since 1995 I vote in Puchong. When i checked my name before nomination at SPR web site I’m still a voter in Puchong. But when i checked my name just now, i’m not a voter, i can’t vote.

I’m now at Kajang PKR bilik gerekan, we received some conplaints that they vote in 2004 Dun Kajang, now they cant vote because they are not a voter, some had been tranfer to other areas.

This sounds like my case during the 1999 General Elections. I registered in April 1997, had a receipt and all, yet my name didn’t appear on the rolls in 1999. I had to re-register again.

And, are these people very very old or too young to vote? (check with http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/daftar.asp; birthdates below which appear in the current electoral)

871205740015
870914105781
870418105790
871016146308
881231100432
881103750027
880505066047
880906087033
881030136332
891102740096
891129740088
890520610089
890112146416
890920076065
890403615016
910609755079
920622710069
920612740045

Is it incompetence or desperation on part of the BN/EC alliance? Either way, it’s reason enough to VOTE THIS GOVERNMENT OUT!

(GE12) Arrested at press conference, arrested for taking photos February 16, 2008

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Long day. Exhausted. So, short story.

Afternoon. Tian Chua and Pak Amjal were arrested during a BERSIH press conference.  (Report in Malaysiakini, with video, here)

Brickfields police finished taking their statements but wanted to remand them further. Tian asked to speak to the office in charge. The police brought in 7 uniformed men and 8 non-uniformed men. They grabbed and pushed Executive Director of  human rigyhts group Suaram, Yap Swee Seng and KeADILan media officer, Ginie Lim out of the room. Then ten of them dragged Tian to a police car.

Lim took photos of the fracas. And because of that, she was arrested.

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Tian dragged from car December 11, 2007

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It happened this morning on the road near Parliament.

The little Tiara was later found torched, which Tian Chua said, was the work of the police. (updated: See pics after ‘more’)

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Photo source: Syafiq Sunny

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Why Pak Lah wants to crush BERSIH December 11, 2007

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(Updated) Bravo to the Opposition MPs who refused to be present during the ramming through of the Constitutional amendment (first reading only today!) which extends the age of retirement of the Elections Commission from 65 to 66 years of age.

Expect General Elections before this chap’s 67th birthday.

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See the memorandum which rattled the embattled Elections Commission chief and the Prime Minister.

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BERSIH Memorandum to the
Parliament of Malaysia and All Its Members
11 December 2007

SAY NO TO THE “SAVE RASHID”
AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Parliament of Malaysia, which consists of His Majesty the Yang diPertuan Agong, Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara to reject the proposed bill to amend Article 114 of the Federal Constitution, which will effect in Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s extension as the Election Commission (EC) Chairperson up to one-and-a-half years.

BERSIH stresses that Tan Sri Abdul Rashid, whose service is continuously marred with recurring electoral frauds and manipulations, is not fit for the job and must go immediately. All parliamentarians must therefore vote against this Constitutional Amendment Bill so obviously being rushed through to keep him the job is an insult to both the Constitution and Parliament.

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Ops Selamat Pak Lah December 11, 2007

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Ongoing alerts the whole day

MEDIA ALERT (4)
11 DEC 2007 (4:30 pm)

BERSIH DELEGATION RELEASED; TIAN CHUA RETURNED TO IPK-KL

Tian Chua, the Information Chief of the People’s Justice Party (KeADILan), was brought back to the Kuala Lumpur Police Headquarters (IPK-KL).

Tian was earlier taken from IPK-KL to the Duta Kuala Lumpur Courts. However, after sitting in the Court lockups for more than three hours, an instruction arrived to return him back to the police headquarters. He was not charged in court and there is no information to date, why he was separated from the rest of the detainees earlier.

BERSIH delegates had their particulars taken down by the police and were released by four pm today. The names of the eight persons released are:

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World Human Rights Day 2007 December 10, 2007

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World Human Rights Day 2007 was spent at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court 1 and 2, with some of Malaysia’s finest folks – lawyers, activists, politicians, friends new and old, and Mr Velvet; who had all come to give support to our own ‘prisoners of conscience’ i.e. all those detained during the lawyers’ and civil society march yesterday and the wonderful brave men of BERSIH, especially from PAS’ Unit Amal.

Eight plus hours on spiky heels. Well worth it, seeing the Attorney-General sweat over small stuff like bail. (hehe…)

It was the most memorable HR Day ever. 😀

PM hates free and fair elections too December 9, 2007

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We have been informed that those arrested during the BERSIH (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections) rally on 10 November have been summoned today to report to IPK Kuala Lumpur today.

According to Suaram, it is likely that the police intends to charge them.

More updates later.

Suaram’s Review of 2007 Civil and Political Rights Report will be released tomorrow morning at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at 9.30 am.

Expect some fireworks.

Readings: Malaysia’s Prague Spring? December 8, 2007

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Malaysia’s Prague Spring?
Asian Analysis, ASEAN Focus Group 

In the past month, two massive rallies calling for political change were held in Kuala Lumpur. In any democracies, this would be quite normal but in Malaysia, rallies are the purview of the ruling National Front (BN), carefully staged to show support to the government or the ruling UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) party. The police often deny a permit for opposition parties to hold outdoor demonstrations or rallies. These two rallies were different; they were organised by NGOs, albeit with support from opposition parties.

The first rally, on 10 November, was organised by BERSIH (Malay for clean), a coalition of NGOs and opposition parties calling for “clean” elections. Under the existing electoral system, through indirect control of the Electoral Commission, ethnic mobilisation, money politics, manipulation of the electoral roll, gerrymandering, postal votes, double voting, mass media control and others, the BN has won every election since independence. The standing joke in Malaysia is that BN wins the election before the first vote is cast, the only question is the margin of victory. BERSIH wants electoral reform in all the areas mentioned above. To the surprise of many, more than 40,000 BERSIH supporters in yellow t-shirts came out despite public warnings from the Prime Minister and the Police that the rally was illegal and those who take part will be arrested. The police attempted to lock-down downtown KL but failed. In some areas, the police used tear gas and water cannons laced with chemicals to clear the streets. Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Hadi Haji Awang, leaders of the three main opposition parties – National Justice Party (PKR) , Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Islam (PAS) respectively – managed to evade the police and lead thousands to hand over the BERSIH memorandum on electoral reform to a representative of the royal palace.

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Cowardly cops November 13, 2007

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The Government of Malaysia accepts the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child but expresses reservations with respect to article 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15, 22, 28, 37, 40 paras 3 and 4, 44 and 45 of the Convention and declares that the said provisions shall be applicable only if they are in conformity with the Constitution, national laws and national policies of the Government of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with “reservations” (in other words, the Malaysian government doesn’t want to recognise these articles of rights) on all articles relating to fundamental civil and political rights. Unsurprisingly, our pariah government has reservations on this Article:-

Article 15 (1). States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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