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Kakitangan Kerajaan Memang Kera Pun!!

Kakitangan Kerajaan Memang Kera Pun!!

LAMAN ini tidak ada pilihan lain, selain daripada bersetuju dengan bekas Panglima Tentera Darat, Jeneral Tan Sri Hashim Hussein yang menyamakan kakitangan kerajaan seperti kera dalam jagaan, semasa mengadakan ceramah kempen pilihanraya semalam.

Dengan kedudukan beliau sebagai bekas pegawai kanan dalam perkhidmatan kerajaan (tentera), sememangnya komen seumpama itu mempunyai asas yang tersendiri kerana datang daripada orang yang pernah berkhidmat dalam kerajaan, kalau orang yang tidak ada pengalaman itu, lainlah.

Walaupun tujuan kenyataan tersebut ialah untuk mewajarkan tindakannya menyertai Pakatan Rakyat setelah merasa dirinya diketepikan begitu sahaja sebaik menamatkan perkhidmatan sebagai duta Pakistan selepas bersara dari perkhidmatan tentera, tapi kenyataan itu memang berasas dan sesuai dengan situasi kakitangan awam sekarang.

Malas, lembap dan dalam kes-kes tertentu menunggu ‘disuap’ sebelum menyelesaikan tugas, adalah antara ciri-ciri perkhidmatan dalam kerajaan hari ini.  Apa lagi yang lebih sesuai untuk menggambarkan keadaan tersebut kalau bukan kera?  Bukankah hanya kera sahaja yang menunggu disuap untuk makan?

Kakitangan kerajaan pula tidak seharusnya mengambil kenyataan tersebut dari sudut yang sensitif.  Kenyataan itu perlulah dijadikan motivasi untuk meningkatkan prestasi agar rakyat mendapat perkhidmatan yang baik, berbaloi dengan gaji yang dibayar kepada mereka menggunakan dana awam.

Ada pepatah mengatakan, “Terimalah Kenyataan Walaupun Pahit”.

Jangan ikutkan sangat pendekatan defensive seperti yang ditunjukkan CUEPACS hari ini yang mengutuk keras kenyataan itu kerana disifatkan menghina kakitangan awam.  Pakatan Rakyat tidak nampak dimana menghinanya kenyataan tersebut, seperti disebutkan ia hanyalah motivasi untuk meningkatkan prestasi.

Pendekatan itu mungkin sedikit keras dan luar dari kebiasaan tapi memang begitulah caranya yang kami tahu untuk meningkatkan prestasi kakitangan, tak bolehlah ‘lambung-lambung’ mereka selalu, nanti mereka perasan hebat walaupun hasil yang sebenarnya tidak seberapa.

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Guan Eng receives threatening call over son

PENANG Caretaker Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has reportedly received a sinister threat involving his young son from an unidentified caller.

His political secretary Ng Wei Aik said around 1pm yesterday, the DAP headquarters received a call from an English-speaking person who warned that Lim should “take care of his son”.

NONE“It looks like they want to play dirty tactics already. So, we have lodged a police report against the person,” said Ng, who is Tanjung candidate.

Ng said that the DAP has also received information that the Internet servers of their party websites, including its Facebook, are slowing down and affecting traffic to the sites.

“We checked and this does not happen in Singapore. It looks like  they are trying to block us from accessing the Internet,” he said.

He urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to play their “professional role” and take action on attempts to block the Internet sites of opposition parties.

“At the same time, please don’t just rely on the Internet, come to our ceramahs, especially the one to be held at Han Chiang College field, where DAP senior leader Kit Siang will be present,” he added.

‘More 1M’sia flags than voters’

Meanwhile, DAP state chief Chow Kon Yeow alleged that after eight days of campaigning, he noticed increasing incidences of “force, threats and money being used to get voters”.

“Such tactics are being done blatantly and openly, bringing our country backwards, while we are struggling to be a more democratic system.

bn flag with 1malaysia logo 250413 01“By using such tactics, BN is putting our people back to the olden days where money can help you achieve anything,” he said.

“We want people to prove that money is not everything, but what is more important is the pride and dignity of our children, which money can’t buy,” he added.

Chow said that Pakatan is unable to splash money around like its opponents but would rather promote its track record and future vision.

“We were naïve to expect BN to play a fair game. People are saying that there are more 1Malaysia flags than there are voters, and there is no place to hang them anymore,” quipped the Padang Kota candidate.

Samy ‘magic’ may not work in Sungai Siput

GE13 WATCH PERAK Former MIC president S Samy Vellu has picked himself up from his 2008 elections fall in Sungai Siput to morph into polls commander behind the scenes to help BN to wrest back the parliamentary seat.

NONESamy is the Sungai Siput BN chairperson co-ordinating the polls campaign for the parliamentary seat candidate SK Devamany (MIC), Lintang state seat candidate Zolkafly Harun (Umno) and Jalong state seat candidate Liew Yew Aw.

His work day starts at 8.30am arranging the campaign schedule for the candidates and planning the entire campaign strategy and activities for the respective constituencies

However, Samy (right) avoids the routine walkabout sessions of meeting the people on the ground in person.

Instead, he only appears in public for official dinners or nocturnal activities of a political nature.

“I’m here as a BN chairperson, everyday I’m here from morning right up to 9 at the night. So we feel it will be a tough battle but we still have a chance.

Mixed reactions to Samy, MIC

“The walkabout is not my job. My job is to sit down and discuss with them (the candidates), he told  Malaysiakini when met in Sungai Siput two days ago.

azlanTwo nights ago, he had a noon meeting with the candidates at the Sungai Siput MIC service centre and only attended the dinner hosted by Sungai Siput MCA division that night where he delivered a short speech.

Sungai Siput is one of the most watched parliamentary seats in Perak.

It is a three-way fight as the incumbent Dr Michael Jeyakumar (PSM-PKR) crosses swords with Devamany and Independent SP Nagalingam.

Samy was the MP for Sungai Siput for 30 years, but was felled by Jeyakumar in the 2008 political tsunami by a 1,821 -vote majority.

Before the general election, Samy declared himself  a “winnable candidate” if asked to contest again, but Malaysiakini found mixed reactions from the local Indians on Samy and the MIC.

Some did not like the ‘development’ brought by Samy and Devamany, some preferred Jeyakumar’s approach in solving their problems despite lacking government allocations.

Hindraf alone didn’t ‘slay’ Samy

Malaysiakini interviewed some  of them two days ago, all requested anonymity as they did not want to invite unnecessary problems from certain parties.

NONEA 54-year-old said that if Devamany (right) is accompanied by Samy in his walkabout sessions, his votes will take a dive.

“He (Samy Vellu) had been here for so long, but spent little time here, ” said the middle-aged man who is a member of a local society.

In his view Samy’s defeat five years ago was not solely because of the Hindraf factor, but local people being ” not happy when seeing the BN”.

However, he said that he will consider voting for BN this time as Devamany had helped his society to get a government allocation.

Similarly a young hawker also harbours negative feelings against Samy and the MIC as they did not help in his applications for educational aid and  a business loan.

“He didn’t pay attention to me at all, he only pays attention to those he knows. If he doesn’t know you, he will not notice you,” he said, adding that Samy will not be much of a help for MIC in this polls.

However, on the question of Jeyakumar’s inability to initiate any development as MIC could, should he  be re-elected, the 24-year-old said: “He doesn’t have money now, so doesn’t know what to do. But if he has money, then he can do something, right?”

Thumbs up for Jeyakumar

A housewife concurred with him, liking the way Jeyakumar provided a way to solve her problem.

“(MIC) always gave different excuses, sometimes they said they were not free, even sometimes when I reached the service centre, the staff members would tell me that they were not free.

NONE“Although he (Jeyakumar, right in photo) doesn’t give away money, but he will provide us the way to solve the problem,” he said.

Nevertheless, some interviewees still recognised Samy’s past contributions to Sungai Siput.

A 25-year Sungai Siput resident, a firm supporter of Samy still remembers how he received help from the former minister and praised the BR1M programme initiated by caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

However, he reserves his view on Devamany because when he sought help at his service for a broken arm, he was rejected.

“In any case, Samy will help, but Devamany, I don’t know,” he added.

When asked about the grouses from the ground, Samy’s simple reply was: “no, no criticism”.

He also said that the people had already forgotten his defeat which happened five years ago.

Devamany also refused to comment on this matter, stressing that “nobody is perfect”.

Gov’t machinery spotted

Although the duo are facing Jeyakumar whose resources are relatively smaller than theirs, both described the contest as being a “tough battle”.

NONEAnd government machinery was spotted in Sungai Siput two days ago in the form of chief secretary to the government, Ali Hamsa, having lunch with public servants from Sungai Siput and Kuala Kangsar.

He then attended an event organised by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry and handed over on its behalf RM300 in financial assistance to each of 30 selected Sungai Siput residents.

Three of the BN candidates were also present at the event.

The same night, the Sungai Siput MCA division organised a dinner for local Chinese, providing a platform for BN candidates to deliver short speeches.

During the event, Sungai Siput Umno division’s chief Zolkafly, donated RM55,000 to a local Chinese primary school to repair its water pipes and another RM10,000 to a local Chinese society to help in the maintenance of its premises.

Access to Malaysiakini ‘restricted’ by ISPs

Access to Malaysiakini through several Malaysian Internet service providers (ISPs) has been “restricted” since the kick-off of the official campaign period in the May 5 general election.

As a result, readers have been facing a frustrating time accessing Malaysiakini - it’s available one minute and not the next, literally (see chart above).

Malaysiakini believes that either the ISPs have been ordered to limit the website’s readership or the restriction has been imposed without their knowledge.

However, access through two of the Malaysian ISPs – Time Internet and YES YTL – has not been affected, while international users are also able to get to the site without any restriction.

This appears to be a novel way of stopping Malaysiakini, where previously large scale DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks were launched in the bid to shut down the online news daily. In recent months, Malaysiakini has implemented measures to make its servers more robust and resilent against such attacks.

NONE“We are extremely disappointed with such underhanded tactics,” says Malaysiakini chief executive officer Premesh Chandran (right).

The Malaysian government has pledged time and again not to censor the Internet, and this is an clear departure from its stated policy, he added.

Premesh called on all ISPs to vet their systems thoroughly to ensure that no illegal restrictions have been implemented.

He said that restrictions to the Malaysiakini domain name could have been put in place by a rogue staff member or a hack into either the ISPs’ systems or at a common Internet gateway shared by various ISPs.

‘ISPs should stay out of politics’

Malaysiakini is making an official complaint to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on Monday, and it will hand over evidence of the restrictions – the result of an exhaustive investigation by its technology team over the past few days.

“ISPs should stay out of politics and make sure their staff do not follow illegal instructions which undermine the accessibility of their networks. They should also ensure shared gateways are free of tampering and restrictions,” said Premesh.

Malaysiakini is currently working on a number of solutions around the restriction. Meanwhile, readers are advised to keep clicking on their browser until they are able to get through to the site.

Readers can test their access to Malaysiakini by comparing access via www.malaysiakini.com and www.mkini.co – a second address made available yesterday. As at 12 noon today, the new address is free of ISP restriction.

Malaysiakini‘s readership last week reached over 1.2 million readers and is expected to be even higher closer to polling day on Sunday.

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BN’s femme fatale: The power of women

GE13 SPECIAL Apart from civil servants, another decisive group in GE13 are women. They comprise 51.7 percent of the electorate and regularly turn out in high numbers, especially in semi and rural areas.

In close races, how women vote can make the difference. Numerically, women are largely in the urban areas, but disproportionately they are more influential politically in the more rural areas, as men are often outstation for employment.

Let’s take a look at how women can shape and have shaped the election so far, recognising that they will make an important impact this election and the trends are moving against the BN.

Traditionally, women disproportionately support the incumbent government more than men in the range of 5-8%.

NONEThe BN gender advantage varies by ethnicity; it is more pronounced among Malays, Indians and East Malaysians, although almost non-existent among Chinese. The gap also varies by class, as it is most pronounced among women in the lower classes.

The reasons for this gender gap are multiple, but four factors stand out. First, traditionally the Umno campaign has had the strongest women’s branch, Wanita Umno, and this group has played a major role in winning support. It has been the female face for the BN.

It is important to note that Umno historically was the first to include women actively in politics.

Second, women have less access to alternative forms of information outside of the mainstream media, as they often have less time to surf the Internet due to family responsibilities and do not attend ceramah at night in as high a number as men due also to the same family responsibilities.

Third, women, particularly those in the lower classes, are more responsive to the incentives of money. On the front line of managing the household economy, women find the extra funds useful for families and at the same time feel more obliged to repay the support.

NONEFinally, women are also seen to be more responsive to the fear tactics adopted by BN, and worry about the impact on their families. From information to fear, women generally appear more risk-adverse and this favours the incumbent government.

Yet, over the past few elections, this gender gap has been narrowing. The trend has been toward more women supporting the opposition. In fact in the urban areas among the Chinese, women are more likely to support Pakatan than BN.

Polling has also found a sharp increase of ordinary women engaged in politics in Malaysia from 2003 onwards, as seen by the composition of the rallies, protests such as Bersih and anti-Lynas and a female expansion of civil society at the local level.

From the broad trends, the gender gap this election will likely narrow further. Trends suggest more women in Malaysia are awakening politically, and clamouring in favour of change.

More attuned to local issues

One of the reasons for this movement in the voting pattern of women has to do with the salience of different issues in the GE13 campaign, as well as the outreach efforts by both camps.

Among women themselves, different groups, such as single versus married, have different sets of concerns. Yet, there are a few broad commonalities across women.

While men and women alike tend to prioritise concerns over cost of living, women disproportionately highlight greater concerns with issues tied to the family, such as education, weigh social problems such as drug addiction more heavily, and especially in the urban areas are deeply concerned with rising crime.

The tragic murder of Irene Ong Ai Sam in Bukit Gasing has brought to the fore the legitimate concerns regarding safety, and had a special impact for women who identify strongly with the mother-daughter bond.

One in four Malaysians are reported in surveys that either themselves or a family member have been a victim of crime, and disproportionately many of these crimes, such as robbery, affect women.

Studies show that women are more attuned to local issues than national ones. It is thus not surprising that many of the Himpunan Hijau environment group protestors were female.

The test in this election will be whether women think nationally and make the connection between their children’s future and the national results.

The BN’s strategy has been to keep the campaign with women local, using largely financial incentives and, in the past few days of the campaign, racial insecurity and fear.

NONEPakatan’s strategy toward women has been less clear, as outreach toward women has been uneven, but largely incorporated into the ‘change’ umbrella.

The two sides point to different sections in their manifestos, with the BN broadly promising gains in micro-finance and empowerment, while simultaneously touting its school vouchers and single mother packages.

In this latter group, the BN has been especially effective as the financial incentives have made an impact for this vulnerable community, especially among Indians and in East Malaysia.

Pakatan has developed a Women’s Initiative, which is geared largely toward married women, but offers the innovative idea of a retirement and emergency fund for housewives, training opportunities for all women and greater voice in government.

It is clear that both sides recognise the voting power of women, and have extended programmes, despite the limited public attention and knowledge of these initiatives.

Deteriorating BN record

Ordinary voters are not fully swayed by the promises, however. They are often actually influenced more by what happens in the campaign itself or the record in government.

BN is resting on its money-and-fear formula, while Pakatan is appealing to principles of cleaner government and fairness. The record of Najib Razak’s administration on women is coming into question, as he has served as women’s minister.

NONEThe women’s minister who was in cabinet, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, was dropped for the National Feedlot Centre corruption scandal.

That the caretaker premier felt he was best suited to be women’s minister or could not find a suitable replacement in his coalition has already cast a cloud on the sincerity of attention to women’s issues.

It was blighted further by the faux pas in October 2012 when Najib claimed that Malaysia did not need women’s organisation as women were already empowered.

While significant gains have been made historically, Malaysia’s ranking is low globally at 120. There are persistent obstacles women face, from the difficulties of single mothers and higher levels of female poverty to political inclusion.

One area that is especially acute is protection on issues of family law. The share of Malaysian women in parliament, 9.9%, is lower than the global average of 18%.

The number of women’s ministers (1) and deputy ministers (6) in the BN has dropped as a share of the overall cabinet since Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took office, as fewer women, especially elected women, have been given decision-making power.

The perception of the most powerful women in the Najib government is his wife, Rosmah Mansor, who has not stood for election.

There is no clear success that Najib can point to in his four years in office for women. In fact, there are worrying trends.

Consider the issue of political representation further. The decline of women at the top of the BN corresponds to less influence in all of the main coalition parties, except Gerakan.

In Umno, MCA and MIC women leaders have been either marginalised or, in the case of Umno, scandalised.

MCA dropped its most prominent woman, Ng Yen Yen, while the MIC did not field any women for parliament. Tian Lian Hoe of Gerakan has emerged as one of the strongest and more reputable BN women leaders, but she is still not a minister.

Umno’s dropping of the deputy Wanita Umno leader is now well-known, but the persistent low of fielding women as candidates is not.

As the table below shows, the share of women fielded for parliament and state for Umno has remained stagnant since the 1999 election. Umno was in the vanguard for women’s political representation in Malaysia. It is now on par with PAS for fielding women.

Wanita Umno as an organisation has been facing serious decline, and its ability to even influence its own members to field women has waned. Many in Wanita Umno feel slighted.

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The BN has not significantly increased its representation of women, especially at the national level. MCA has dropped the number of women fielded from seven to four, while no women from MIC will be contesting for parliament.

The opposition in contrast has increased its fielding of women, especially PAS. PKR top the number of women fielded for the opposition, but PAS has the biggest increase over the past elections.

This is a long way from their position in 1999, and speaks to a quiet revolution of women’s empowerment in the party.

Nevertheless, the Islamic party is still among the lowest in fielding women. The majority of seats fielding women are at the state level, and there is a shift in the numbers of women from the national level to the state level for women in parties like the DAP.

For the first time in history, the BN collectively with East Malaysia is now tied with the opposition in fielding 77 women each. Clearly, the BN has lost the advantage in fielding women.

New trends in fielding women

Given the gains over time the baton of political empowerment of women is moving from the BN to the opposition.

What is striking about the women’s candidates is the increasing diversity in backgrounds and impressive credentials of those fielded.

In PAS, we find singers such as Wan Aishah Wan Ariffin in Jempol, along with doctors and lawyers such as Mumtaz Md Nawi in Kelantan.

NONEIn the DAP, there are pharmacists such as Alice Lau (right) in Lanang. In Pakatan, the professional backgrounds has risen compared to the past.

Some of the women have served in politics, such as Kasthuriraani Patto in Batu Kawan, one of the few Indian women fielded nationally.

The woman candidates like orator Siti Aisha Shaik Ismail in Tambun and master’s degree holder Aiman Athirah Al-Jundi in Jelebu are young and dynamic, bringing new ideas and energy to the campaign.

The BN’s women candidates have not raised the same excitement, with concern with the fielding of Jessie Ooi fielded in Kuala Kubu Baru for the MCA, for example, whose infamy was a incoherent political tirade.

Yet, there are many bright women contesting, such as Mary Yap in Tawau, a teacher who has strong local roots, and Halimah Mohd Sadique of Johor.

What is important to note is that the women candidates in the BN have not received the same attention. In fact, what has drawn attention has been negative, such as the alleged actions of Hamidah Osman of Perak Umno who was blacklisted by Bersih.

This election does see, however, more women fielded than ever before, reflecting a national trend of growing female empowerment, but these numbers are far below global averages and targets within the parties themselves.

One factor that may have contributed to this is the dirtiness of this campaign, discouraging women from contesting.

Attacks on women can backfire

The women in this campaign, however, face fierce fights. An estimated 80% of women fielded in this campaign are in difficult races at the parliamentary level.

Some of these such as Pengerang, Jelebu and Tambun are real uphill battles. The same trend is replicated at the state level. In some cases, such as Ampang women are campaigning against each other, diminishing the chances of women to get into office.

The incumbent women, especially those that pose threats to the legitimacy of BN and have been strong performers, have been targeted.

NONENo where is this clearer in the campaign, however, than in the contest of Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin against Nurul Izzah Anwar (right).

Here the unelected federal minister has been using public money to win himself a seat, as he has taken personal credit for projects under this ministry, while simultaneously pouring in his personal funds gained in the lucrative construction sector.

For years now, Nurul Izzah has been targeted to be ‘brought down’. Parallel examples can be found in Teo Nie Ching now in Kulai and Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud of PAS who has to work hard to win Kota Raja, although these candidates have more promising chances.

What has become part of the political targeting has been the use of personal attacks against women. This happens on both sides, with Rosmah Mansor receiving arguably the most attacks.

She is portrayed as corrupt and controlling her husband, with these criticisms perhaps the sharpest within Umno itself.

This reflects a gender dimension of the campaign, the perceived role of what a political wife should be with resistance for women taking a prominent role, especially when they are not the one elected into office.

teo nie ching and jinggo gan babyAttacks on political candidates have extended to Nurul Izzah, Kamilia Ibrahim and Teo Nie Ching (left) from smut videos, calls of ‘traitor’ allegedly by no less than Rafidah Aziz herself now stationed in Kuala Kangsar to the recent disgraceful leaflets ridiculing Teo’s new motherhood role and breast feeding.

To make use of motherhood is not acceptable. The fact is that attacks on women backfire when they are perceived to be unfair, as shown in the past.

One only needs to look at the impact of attacks on Teresa Kok from 1999 onwards to see how foolhardy attacks on women can be politically.

Women stand as another group in this campaign that will set the direction for the country. They will shape who will lead their children, who will make the decisions that will shape their lives and who will be the leadership models for society.

From crime and security to the dignity of women, these issues will influence women in the polls. How national they are in voting will be decisive.

Despite the BN gender advantage, the underlying trends in political participation, campaign issues, fielding of women and attacks on women point to potential gains for Pakatan and for more women entering parliament. This will be a woman’s election, whatever the outcome.

 


DR BRIDGET WELSH is associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University. She is travelling around Malaysia to provide her GE13 analyses exclusively to Malaysiakini. Bridget can be reached at bwelsh@smu.edu.sg.

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PAS finally backs down on Kota Damansara seat

SELANGOR PAS has finally backed down from contesting the Kota Damansara state seat after almost a week of posturing and negotiations with PKR and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

“After negotiations, I am announcing that for the Kota Damansara state seat, we shall revert to the status quo as before nomination day.

pas mustafa ali 070413 01“The seat is allocated to PKR,” said PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali (left) at party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

As such, he said, the candidate contesting under the PKR banner for the state seat under the Subang parliamentary constituency will be the official Pakatan Rakyat representative.

Incumbent rep PSM chief Mohd Nasir Hashim (below) had earlier reached an agreement to vie for the seat under the PKR ticket, until PAS sprang a last minute surprise by fielding its own candidate Razali Ismail on nomination day.

As in other seats it has conceded to PKR, the PAS candidate will be instructed to stand down and publicly declare that he is withdrawing from the contest, while the party’s machinery will be told to campaign for the specified Pakatan candidate, said Mustafa.

NONEAsked on the possibility of resistance from the fielded PAS candidates and machinery to the stand-down orders, Mustafa dismissed such concerns.

Kota Damansara was one of seven seats that saw PAS and PKR at loggerheads, with both fielding their respective candidates on nominations day last week.

The six other seats were settled early this week, with PAS giving the Labuan parliamentary and Panti (Johor) and Sungai Acheh (Penang) state seats to its ally.

In exchange PKR gave PAS the Seberang Takir, Bukit Besi and Kota Putera state seats in Terengganu.

Kota Damansara was not resolved at the time because PAS claimed ideological differences with PSM was the stumbling block.

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Mat Taib: Umno has failed, hence they need Perkasa

The very existence of pressure groups such as Perkasa has shown that Umno has failed to perform its duties for the Malays, said former Umno vice-president Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

Muhammad, who joined PAS on Monday, said Umno had never needed “hooligans” to aid its struggle in the past and that the party had deviated from its struggle.

“(Now Umno) needs Ibrahim Ali, Zulkifli Nordin and those extremist groups to give pressure.

“Why should give more pressure? Umno has ruled for 60 years. What pressure should the group give to promote (the Malay) economy?

“It has been 60 years, you should be able to achieve the 30 percent target for Malay equity, increase the education level of (Malay) and the position of women.

“But (now) you need those pressure group to do it,” Muhammad told about 100 people during a rally for PKR’s Batu candidate Tian Chua this afternoon.

Muhammad said he did not understand the logic of asking the assistance from pressure group despites claiming to have the support of one million of public servants.

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Pegawai SPR didakwa catat nombor siri kertas undi pos

Petugas kempen DAP mendakwa bahawa pegawai Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) yang bertanggungjawab bagi kawasan Parlimen Pulai, telah mencatat nombor siri kertas undi pos sebelum menghantarnya kepada pengundi – meningkatkan kebimbangan bahawa undi tersebut dapat dikesan dengan mudah.

NONECalon DAP bagi DUN Pengkalan Rinting, Cheo Yee How (kiri) dan wakil  calonnya, Tah Moon Hui mendakwa bahawa mereka ternampak kejadian itu semalam semasa lawatan mereka ke pusat gerakan SPR di Johor Bahru untuk memeriksa kertas undi pos sebelum ianya dihantar.

Mereka menunjukkan kepada Malaysiakini gambar yang diambil secara tersembunyi di pusat gerakan tersebut, yang menunjukkan nombor siri enam angka kertas undi bagi parlimen dan kerusi DUN setiap pengundi pos, telah dicatat bersebelahan nama pengundi dalam senarai pemilih undi pos.

Malaysiakini juga telah mengesahkan dengan beberapa wartawan yang telah memohon menjadi pengundi pos bahawa setiap undi mereka dicetak dengan nombor siri enam angka.

“Saya mengesyaki nombor siri yang dicatat oleh SPR boleh digunakan untuk mengesan undi yang dipangkah. Ini bertentangan dengan prinsip bahawa setiap undi perlu dirahsiakan,” kata Cheo ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini.

Di kawasan Parlimen Tanjong Piai, calon DAP, Mahdzir Ibrahim juga menerima satu aduan yang sama daripada pegawai rendah SPR yang telah memohon untuk menjadi pengundi pos.

Beliau berkata nombor enam angka yang dicetak pada sampul surat, yang akan digunakan untuk mengembalikan undi kepada SPR, dan SPR mempunyai rekod kertas undi yang hendak dihantar kepada pengundi.

Beliau berkata nombor enam angka juga dicetak pada sampul surat, yang akan digunakan untuk menghantar kembali undi kepada SPR, dan SPR mempunyai rekod kertas undi yang akan diposkan kepada pengundi.

“Seorang pengundi memberitahu saya bahawa undinya akan dikesan, oleh itu, dia akan memangkah undi rosak,” kata Mahdzir kepada Malaysiakini.

“Kita tahu bahawa sampul surat akan dipisahkan daripada kertas undi semasa proses pengiraan, dan kotak undi akan disimpan selama enam bulan selepas pilihan raya. Tetapi jika pegawai SPR membuka kotak  undi, mereka akan dapat mengesan pengundi. Isu sekarang ialah integriti SPR. ”

Cheo dan pasukan kempennya juga mengesan nama seorang lagi
pengundi pos yang muncul dalam kedua-dua senarai ‘pegawai SPR’ dan senarai ‘pengamal media’.

NONE“Kedua-duanya mempunyai nama dan nombor MyKad yang sama tetapi muncul dalam daerah mengundi yang berbeza. Saya bimbang ini boleh membawa kepada penyelewengan pilihan raya, “kata calon berusia 29 tahun.

Kakitangan SPR dan wartawan yang tidak dapat mengundi pada hari pengundian, dibenarkan mengundi melalui pos dalam pilihan raya umum ini.

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Pegawai SPR didakwa catat nombor siri kertas undi pos

Petugas kempen DAP mendakwa bahawa pegawai Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) yang bertanggungjawab bagi kawasan Parlimen Pulai, telah mencatat nombor siri kertas undi pos sebelum menghantarnya kepada pengundi – meningkatkan kebimbangan bahawa undi tersebut dapat dikesan dengan mudah.

NONECalon DAP bagi DUN Pengkalan Rinting, Cheo Yee How (kiri) dan wakil  calonnya, Tah Moon Hui mendakwa bahawa mereka ternampak kejadian itu semalam semasa lawatan mereka ke pusat gerakan SPR di Johor Bahru untuk memeriksa kertas undi pos sebelum ianya dihantar.

Mereka menunjukkan kepada Malaysiakini gambar yang diambil secara tersembunyi di pusat gerakan tersebut, yang menunjukkan nombor siri enam angka kertas undi bagi parlimen dan kerusi DUN setiap pengundi pos, telah dicatat bersebelahan nama pengundi dalam senarai pemilih undi pos.

Malaysiakini juga telah mengesahkan dengan beberapa wartawan yang telah memohon menjadi pengundi pos bahawa setiap undi mereka dicetak dengan nombor siri enam angka.

“Saya mengesyaki nombor siri yang dicatat oleh SPR boleh digunakan untuk mengesan undi yang dipangkah. Ini bertentangan dengan prinsip bahawa setiap undi perlu dirahsiakan,” kata Cheo ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini.

Di kawasan Parlimen Tanjong Piai, calon DAP, Mahdzir Ibrahim juga menerima satu aduan yang sama daripada pegawai rendah SPR yang telah memohon untuk menjadi pengundi pos.

Beliau berkata nombor enam angka yang dicetak pada sampul surat, yang akan digunakan untuk mengembalikan undi kepada SPR, dan SPR mempunyai rekod kertas undi yang hendak dihantar kepada pengundi.

Beliau berkata nombor enam angka juga dicetak pada sampul surat, yang akan digunakan untuk menghantar kembali undi kepada SPR, dan SPR mempunyai rekod kertas undi yang akan diposkan kepada pengundi.

“Seorang pengundi memberitahu saya bahawa undinya akan dikesan, oleh itu, dia akan memangkah undi rosak,” kata Mahdzir kepada Malaysiakini.

“Kita tahu bahawa sampul surat akan dipisahkan daripada kertas undi semasa proses pengiraan, dan kotak undi akan disimpan selama enam bulan selepas pilihan raya. Tetapi jika pegawai SPR membuka kotak  undi, mereka akan dapat mengesan pengundi. Isu sekarang ialah integriti SPR. ”

Cheo dan pasukan kempennya juga mengesan nama seorang lagi
pengundi pos yang muncul dalam kedua-dua senarai ‘pegawai SPR’ dan senarai ‘pengamal media’.

NONE“Kedua-duanya mempunyai nama dan nombor MyKad yang sama tetapi muncul dalam daerah mengundi yang berbeza. Saya bimbang ini boleh membawa kepada penyelewengan pilihan raya, “kata calon berusia 29 tahun.

Kakitangan SPR dan wartawan yang tidak dapat mengundi pada hari pengundian, dibenarkan mengundi melalui pos dalam pilihan raya umum ini.

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‘Saya tak cium Zul Noordin demi wang’

Lelaki yang menjadi mangsa kemarahan masyarakat India kerana mencium pipi Datuk Zulkifli Noordin pada hari penamaan calon, tidak kisah walaupun dilabel sebagai “Judas” (pengkhianat) kerana menyokong naib presiden PERKASA yang kontroversi itu.

NONEThe Malay Mail bertemu dengan N Devendren (kanan), yang mendakwa anggota MIC, yang sejak hari penamaan calon mendapat cemuhan meluas di media sosial ekoran tindakannya.

“Hidup mesti diteruskan, orang ramai terutamanya masyarakat India ada pandangan mereka tetapi akhirnya saya ada hak untuk pilih siapa yang saya rasa betul,” kata ahli perniagaan 32 tahun yang masih bujang itu.

Devendren menafikan dakwaan beliau diberikan wang sebagai balasan menunjukkan sokongan kepada Zulkifli, yang bertanding atas tiket “Rakan BN” menentang penyandang Khalid Samad.

“Saya tak lakukannya untuk wang,” katanya ketika ditemui di pusat kempen BN di Seksyen 23 di Shah Alam.

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