Sunday, February 24, 2008

Postal Votes Scandal - Check out Najib and DAP stronghold increase in Postal votes. 50,000 postal votes in Kelantan alone!!!

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Subject: Postal Votes Scandal - Check out Najib and DAP stronghold increase in Postal votes. 50,000 postal votes in Kelantan alone!!!

Traditional DAP stronghold Bukit Bintang has become a "danger" seat - the Battle for 5Cs

http://blog. limkitsiang. com/2008/ 02/17/traditiona l-dap-stronghold -bukit-bintang- has-become- a-danger- seat-the- battle-for- 5cs/

I have chosen Bukit Bintang as the first DAP parliamentary constituency to visit after the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday because this traditional DAP stronghold for over three decades has become a "danger" seat through dirty electoral tricks with the influx of over 6,000 postal votes since the 2004 general election.

DAP can lose the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat in the March 8 general election, not because the people of Bukit Bintang have ceased to support the DAP and decided to abandon their historic role as the national political vanguard for justice, equality and freedom in Malaysia but because of electoral hanky-panky and the most lopsided playing field for Bukit Bintang parliamentary constituency in 50 years.

If the two-term DAP incumbent Fong Kui Lun loses Bukit Bintang parliamentary constituency on March 8, it is not just a personal or a DAP party loss, but a major setback of historic proportion for the long, hard and grueling political struggle to create a fair, just and equal Malaysia where all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, can have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

If Fong Kui Lun is defeated in the traditional DAP stronghold of Bukit Bintang, it will be the triumph of all that is wrong with our country not only in the past quarter-century, but also in the past four years of Abdullah premiership.

In Kelantan on Friday, Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak launched Barisan Nasional battle cry in its bid to capture the state from PAS – "Heal Kelantan"!

In fact, the battle cry for all Malaysians in the 12th general election should be "Heal Malaysia" as never before had the country been plagued by so many divisive nation-building issues– with religious polarization the most serious and greatest new threat to national unity.

The battle cry of "Heal Malaysia" should start from the battle of Bukit Bintang focused on 5Cs –

• Crime – with Kuala Lumpur as the capital of crime in Malaysia where no one can feel safe any more in the streets, public places or even the privacy of their homes, in Kuala Lumpur and the major urban centres.

• Corruption – even worse than when Abdullah became Prime Minister four years ago when he promised to be the modern-dan Justice Bao to eradicate corruption.

• Cost of Living – the economic crisis especially from inflation and economic downturn as made life a daily struggle for ordinary Malaysians.

• International Competitiveness – the relentless decline of Malaysia's international competitiveness illustrated by the plunge in international rankings of Malaysian universities, a unchecked brain drain and loss of national and international confidence in the rule of law and an independent judiciary have seen the country losing out to more and more countries when facing the challenges of globalization.

• Defend and uphold the Merdeka Constitution and 1957 Social Contract – that Malaysia is a democratic, secular and multi-religious nation with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic state; and to smack down the rise of Little Napoleons and Little Mullah Napoleons in the schools, universities and public service who are increasingly insensitive of the rights of citizens and Malaysia's character as a nation of diverse races, languages, cultures and religions.

Let the battle cry of "Heal Malaysia" emanate from the battle for Bukit Bintang in the 12th general election.

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2 small groups that could make big difference
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Friday, 22 February 2008

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'Outstation' and 'postal' voters can tip the balance in close contests

By Chow Kum Hor, Malaysia Correspondent, THE STRAITS TIMES

TWO small groups - 'outstation voters' and 'postal voters' - could make a big difference in some close contests in Malaysia's general election.

A 40-year-old aide to a minister falls into the first of those groups.

She has been going back to Johor Baru to vote since the 1995 general election, although she works in Kuala Lumpur. 'I have an affinity to JB, that's why I did not change my address to enable me to vote in KL,' she said.

Political parties call people like her 'outstation voters'.

As they are usually highly-educated and politically aware but are not partial to one party, outstation voters can 'change the political landscape of the country', said the head of political science at the National University of Malaysia, Professor Mohammad Agus Yusoff.

These voters helped defeat the ruling coalition in Terengganu in 1999 but helped it regain the state in the next election, he said.

Malaysia's electoral system does not require voters to change their polling location when they move, and many continue casting votes in their home states for sentimental reasons.

Outstation voters number about 50,000 in Kelantan alone, or between 10 and 15 per cent of total voters there. In a state where eight seats were won by less than 100 votes in the last general election, they could once again be kingmakers.

Recognising their importance, the ruling Barisan Nasional last week launched a 'Let's Go Home to Vote' campaign that targeted the Kelantanese.

It set up an operations centre to allow them to check their voting details, and even arranged transportation.

'PAS had won many seats in 2004 with very slim majorities, and I think we could have won the state if we had paid more attention to the voters from outstation,' Umno Youth's Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times at the campaign's launch.

Kelantan Umno information chief Md Alwi Che Ahmad keeps a database of voters who work outside his constituency, and meets members of the Ketereh Association of Kuala Lumpur regularly.

About 4,000 of his 47,000 voters in the Ketereh parliamentary seat are working outside the state, he said.

'They can determine if I win or lose the election,' he told The Straits Times.

Outstation Chinese voters also form a sizeable voting bloc: The Malaysian Chinese Association estimates that they make up about 15 per cent of total voters in seats contested by the party.

Postal votes will also be an important factor, more so because of the longer 13-day campaign period.

In 2004, the Election Commission reported that as many as 67,000 postal ballots were not returned in time, mainly because the eight-day campaign period was so short.

In general, 80 to 90 per cent of postal votes go to the BN. This is a bone of contention for the opposition which claims postal voters are pressured to support the BN, as most are government workers.

Of the 10.9 million votes, more than 200,000 are postal votes from soldiers, policemen and diplomats who cannot leave their jobs to vote at polling stations.

Eight races are close enough for postal voters to make a difference this year.

One of them is Pekan, the constituency of Deputy Premier Najib Razak.

There, 10 per cent of its voters will cast their votes by post after the boundary lines were redrawn in 2003 to include an army camp.

The number of postal votes in the constituency has grown from 500 to 5,000. That could give him a wide safety margin after his narrow 241-vote win in 1999 in the aftermath of the Anwar Ibrahim affair.

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written by asguard, February 22, 2008 | 09:24:32
Outstation' and 'postal' voters can tip the balance in close contests ...what you fellas trying means by manipulation and do series of adjustment here and there to cover-up the actual votes received and claimed it was won by majority of ...this much... you can't fool people .... everyone knows what kind of election commission that we have... a remote control .... dictate from to time and obey yes orders from the devils themselves.. . shame on you fellas... where cheating the theme of the day....
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written by tipuism, February 22, 2008 | 09:58:09
We Malaysians are such a docile lot.

Here we are knowing fully well that we are being cheated left and right even before the ballot is cast and we are doing absolutely nothing about it.

Does any one have any ideas how we can weed out phantom voters who are imported from other areas to vote?

Can candidates' agents "interview" suspicious voters by asking simple questions like Which primary school did you attend?

Can objections be raised at the balloting station itself if a phantom voter is uncovered?

If we cannot, then the only thing we can do is encourage EVERYONE we know to come out and VOTE FOR CHANGE to counter the unfairness and cheating that is happening.

We must all do our part where ever we are to coax the fence sitters and the "tidak mahu undi" to come out to VOTE for their RIGHTS and their COUNTRY.

If they don't want to do it for their own sake, ask them to do it for their CHILDREN'S sake!!!
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written by Sagaladoola, February 22, 2008 | 11:15:04
HIGHLIGHT:
TWO small groups - 'outstation voters' and 'postal voters' - could make a big difference in some close contests in Malaysia's general election.

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I would not call that two SMALL groups. That is a BIG GROUP to me.... hope you catch the drift.

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written by hiro, February 22, 2008 | 11:28:56
Everyone outstation should go back to vote, but for the opposition smilies/cheesy.gif


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