Readying Perak


Let’s look at the news snippets first….

First, this:-

The conundrum of who is the rightful menteri besar of Perak will be resolved on Tuesday (Feb 9) when the five-man Federal Court bench pronounces its ruling.

Then, this:-

Twenty-four marginal seats are expected to play a major role in deciding which party rules Perak, should a snap poll be called

And then finally this:-

Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar recently disclosed that 28 per cent or 4.39 million Malaysians had yet to register as voters. Records show there were 11.08 million voters in the country, while the number of those aged 21 and above was 15.47 million as at the end of last year.

Selangor topped the list with the most number of unregistered voters at 787,000, followed by Johor (605,000), Perak (526,000) and Sarawak (473,000).

Let’s look at the facts now

1. BN cannot expect to continue to rule in Perak forever without calling for state level elections. Sooner or later, their time will be up and they have to go back to the people for fresh mandates.

2. Every vote counts – so getting even one person to register as a voter can make a big difference as to who wins the seat

3. Pakatan Rakyat in Perak has been screwed by the 3 frogs that jumped out from Pakatan Rakyat – so winning more seats will ensure similar will not happen again (frogs may jump again but that will not cause fall of a government)

Before I got married, Perak was just another state in Malaysia where I had relatives to go to for occasional holiday – so whatever happens in the state, it really did not impact me much. But that was last time – now, I am pretty much very interested on who runs the show in Perak. The impact is just too great to be ignored. If PR can do well at state level, it gives us, the voters, the confidence that they will do well at federal level too.

Having 526,000 unregistered voters in Perak is worrying fact – Pakatan Rakyat may lose crucial seats due to missing “support not translated to votes”. This is something Malaysia Today has highlighted many, many times.

7,944,274 Malaysians came out to vote out of about 10.8 million registered voters in the March 2008 general election.

That was about 70% plus. This means just under 30% did not bother to vote. So that is the number of Malaysians who don’t care. And we are not yet including the 4 million plus who did not even register to vote. Add that to those who did not vote then about 7.5 million Malaysians did not vote because they don’t care.

Got that? 7.9 million Malaysians care and 7.5 million Malaysians don’t care. So, do we blame the Malays for the problems facing this country or do we blame the 7.5 million who did not vote for change and are quite happy not doing anything and allowing what is happening to continue happening?

Back in Taiping where I spend my time the most these days, it is good to know that Pakatan Rakyat is still commanding a good support from the locals – I personally dealt with their service centre staff who get things done very efficiently and take the trouble to make sure the constituent is well taken care off. I am surprised that despite not running the state government, the people in the service centres can be very resourceful when getting things done.

(These guys are good and efficient but need to do more to attract and register new voters)

But they need to do more than just good service – they need to get these unregistered voters to register. They need to work on all avenues – educate these people, arrange convoy to the post office for registration, pass the registration forms around, get the EC officers to open ad-hoc counters, whatever.

But even so, understandably, there is only so much PR or BN or the EC can do. Ultimately the responsibility of registration will fall on those unregistered voters themselves. They need to take the time off and get themselves registered. Who they want to vote for is secondary but the primary matter is that they have registered and when the time comes, have come out and voted.

I could not help repeating what Raja Petra said in his post – “Registering as a voter is your constitutional right. But voting is not your right. It is your duty. So exercise your right and fulfil your duty”

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Screw the Pakatan


(Breakdown of missing Pakatan politicians during the crucial voting of national budget recently – chart source: Go Malaysia)

The question is what happened to the missing 20 especially those on the MIA list includes, sadly, senior politicians and one Chief Minister?

After several years getting the key votes from the people, are these people from the Pakatan been starting to slack without them knowing about it? Why the missing absentees from the Parliament sessions?

RPK rightly stated:-

As much as we may want change and would like to see Barisan Nasional ousted, Pakatan Rakyat has to earn our votes, not expect to get it without any effort.

I want to start by demanding an apology from those 20 Pakatan Rakyat Parliamentarians who are earning their salary without working for it. Then, and only then, will we consider whether they are worthy of our votes.

And what about the news that “there are about 500,000 qualified voters in Perak who have yet to register themselves with the Election Commission”?

If you ask me, it is nothing but pathetic – with Pakatan have lost the state after 3 “frogs” jumped, they need all the votes in case State level election is held the next day (see RPK’s post below). Pakatan should start their “campaign” to get these voters registered and perhaps they may get some extra votes to wrestle back the State.

Pakatan cannot continue to be sleeping – they may not get a second chance again. With Najib heavily promoting his 1Malaysia concept and BN making some improvements when dealing with the people, time is running out for the Pakatan to wake up and start improving.

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An obligatory 2009 Merdeka post


(The reality of the nation these days – Image source: http://blinkstar.wordpress.com)

Merdeka or Independence Day is just couple of days away and at some places, ‘celebrations’ has been scaled down due to the H1N1 pandemic. The way I see, there is a reason to celebrate Merdeka and there is a reason not to celebrate Merdeka

The reason to celebrate Merdeka

To remember the sacrifice that our nationalists, freedom fighters and security forces did in order for our nation to gain independence and ensure that independent preserved throughout the years

The reason NOT to celebrate Merdeka

After 52 years of independence, what we have achieved?

In my opinion, nothing much – yes, we have one of the tallest buildings in the world and our technological and economical development of the nation has been in par with many of the developed nations. But that is about it.

We are yet to be truly united (Najib’s 1Malaysia seems to be nothing but a maya – despite a promising front, his political party’s elements are continuing to spew racial discord), we have lost 71 Malaysians to H1N1, corruption bar is still high and MACC yet to net any big fish despite many official complaints & reports – now one can add the death of Teoh Beng Hock, we had a coup in Perak and that mess is yet to be cleaned up and before this can be resolve, there are already seeds of a potential coup in Selangor and our economic prowess, compared to some of our neighbours, is nothing to shout about (despite having all the right resources).

For this Merdeka, I will be taking the opportunity to ‘celebrate’ it by taking a longer nap and wake late to enjoy the day

1 Malaysia, 2 Peraks


Indeed, it has become 1 Malaysia, 2 Peraks.

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(The Law of the Jungle in motion in Perak – the legitimate Speaker being forcibly removed. Image source: Jeff Ooi)

After having 2 Menteri Besars in Perak, we now have 2 Assembly Speakers and in turn have made the state of Perak greatly divided.

The “froggy” Hee who still holding the post of Deputy Speaker, decided to make good of the BN’s “trust” on her by usurping the Speaker’s power whilst the Speaker is still validly present in the Assembly and appointed another Speaker to head the Assembly.

From theStar:-

11.05am Newly-appointed Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan receives motions to form new committees for Public Accounts, Standing Orders, as well as Rights Privileges, with new members. All motions are passed.

10:55am Datuk R. Ganesan puts on the Speaker’s robes to the cheers of Barisan assemblymen and Barisan-friendly independent reps and takes his oath. Sivakumar stands up to protest.

10:42am Former mentri besar and Pengkalan Hulu assemblyman Tajol Rosli and several Barisan reps declare that all 28 Barisan reps and the three Barisan-friendly assemblymen have voted to remove V. Sivakumar as Speaker. V. Sivakumar’s microphone is switched off. Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong, whose resignation from DAP led to the Barisan takeover of the state government tries to take over the Speaker’s role. Hee announces that Sivakumar has to leave the hall because the majority has voted him out and he has lost the confidence of the assembly.

Mind you that all the above done before the Assembly officially pronounced as open by the Perak regent and thus making the BN’s attempts of appointing new Speaker and passing motions today invalid and undemocratic.

It is more pertinent now that the decision on who is the real government to be pushed back to the people of Perak to decide for once and for all.

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