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    Malaysians4Change Road Map Part 4: Item 2.2 Candidate Selection Criteria (CSC)

    Malaysians4Change Road Map Part 4: Item 2.2 Candidate Selection Criteria (CSC)


    On 8th Mar 2008, millions of Malaysians placed their faith in Anwar Ibrahim, PKR, PAS and DAP. Unfortunately, the people felt let down when a few Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs Perak crossed over to BN, triggering a fall of the Pakatan state government and the takeover by BN.

    The disappointment got deeper when 5 MPs quit PKR, reducing their representation from 30 to 25. A 17% reduction in the number of MPs for PKR indicated serious problems in the candidate selection process. Anwar claimed that the problem was due to difficulty in getting suitable candidates for PKR. To avoid a repeat of such problems for the coming General Elections (GE 13), we propose that civil society should look for qualified candidates to complement Pakatan Rakyat’s selection process and offer them to Pakatan, together with an election team made up of volunteers to complement existing party machinery. These candidates will stand under the Pakatan platform, undertake to support Pakatan in Parliament and abide by Pakatan’s code of conduct.

    Below is an overview of the CSC process. It has been developed after extensive consultations with civil society in and private communications with overseas election campaign specialists.

    Reference has also been made to two manuals produced by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) – (a) Political Campaign Manual and (b) Political Parties and Democracy in Theoretical and Practical Perspectives: Selecting Candidates for Legislative Office by Sefakor Ashiagbor.

    It is by no means complete and feedback will be welcome.

    10 slides.

    Legend: OKU = Orang Kurang Upaya (Handicapped)

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    Malaysians4Change Road Map Part 4: Item 2.2 Candidate Selection Criteria - Detailed Elements

    Malaysians4Change Road Map Part 4: Item 2.2 Candidate Selection Criteria (CSC)


    The Candidate Selection Criteria was developed over a period of 15 months and involved no less than 10 revisions. The criteria presented here are desirable qualities that we look for from prospective candidates from civil society. Its structure tends to favour active party members, with 20% allotted to them but there are sufficient criteria for non-party members to qualify. It is developed in a way such that it is not difficult for an above-average candidate to get 50%. It gets progressively difficult. For example, it will require a top-level professional to get more than 60%. To achieve 70% and above, a candidate will have to be a person of very high integrity with very extensive political and professional experience. They are ministerial candidates if they are elected to Parliament.

    However, CSC is only one way to assess a candidate. There are other measures needed especially on the issue of integrity which will require an extended period of observation by people around the candidate or testimonials from those who know the candidate very well. The basic idea is to identify qualified candidates early to put them in a Candidate Pool so that they can start preparing for the elections and exposing themselves to the public.

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    Malaysians4Change Road Map Part 4: Item 2.2 Candidate Selection Criteria (CSC) Simplified Version

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    Azmin and six others flunk KPI test

    Our Candidate Selection Criteria finally sees the light of the day. If it is applied rigorously, more will fail.

    Azmin and six others flunk KPI test
    Athi Shankar | February 21, 2011

    If the KPI ratings are implemented, says a source, the seven PKR MPs will be dropped as candidates for the coming general election.

    GEORGE TOWN: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was among the seven party MPs allegedly classified as “non-performing elected representatives”.

    According to a source, this was the findings of an external audit report prepared by a special committee on an internal Key Performance Index (KPI) early last year.

    The special committee was headed by supreme council member Nik Mahmood Nik Hassan.

    The source said that if the KPI ratings were implemented, Azmin, who is the Gombak MP, and the rest should be dropped as candidates in the coming general election.

    The other MPs on the list were Indera Mahkota’s Azan Ismail, Telok Kemang’s Kamarul Baharin Abbas, Kuala Langat’s Abdullah Sani, Petaling Jaya Selatan’s Hee Loy Sian, Balik Pulau’s Yusmadi Yusoff and Kelana Jaya’s Loh Gwo-Burne.

    “These incumbent parliamentarians are said have rarely ‘turun padang’ (gone to the ground) to meet constituents, let alone address their problems. The MPs are accused of being aloof and lacking the grassroots’ touch. Certain MPs don’t even have service centres,” said the source.

    The KPI was outlined in the second half of 2009 by Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh and her team when she was the party training director before being appointed election director last year.

    She and her team were also instrumental in outlining the party candidate selection criteria (CSC) to pick future election candidates.

    Fuziah, who is now party vice-president, told FMT that she and her team formulated different types of KPI and CSC for PKR MPs, state legislators and councillors.

    “The KPI and CSC were all based on international standards. We created them to push the bar higher to derive top performance from our reps. We wanted to show Malaysians that PKR is serious in bringing about the desired change in the country’s governance,” she said.

    However, she declined to comment on Nik Mahmood’s audit report and its findings.

    Fuziah and her team had persuaded the leadership to accept both the KPI and CSC as yardsticks to vet party candidates for federal and state seats in the next general election.

    The KPI and CSC were crafted in response to rapidly growing criticisms that PKR elected reps did not meet the mark. Both lists were made available to FMT.

    The MPs’ KPI concerned the incumbents’ skills in parliamentary debates, effectiveness of constituency service and grassroots rapport.

    The KPI also measured their efficiency in organising outreach programmes to resolve constituency problems.

    It also monitored MPs’ role in the development of party politics in their respective areas such as membership drives, grooming young leaders and voter registration.

    However, the source claimed that the move was not well received by certain “non-performers”.

    Fuziah then mediated a dialogue session between Merbok MP Rashid Din, who represented PKR parliamentarians and Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul, who represented party parliamentary whip Azmin to end the stalemate.

    Finally a compromise was reached when all parties concurred that the KPI was imperative for PKR’s political development.

    Report submitted to Wan Azizah

    Following this, the PKR leadership accepted the KPI and CSC. This led to the independent audit committee headed by Nik Mahmood to be formed to monitor the MPs’ performance based on the KPI.

    FMT learnt that Nik Mahmood had submitted a confidential audit report detailing the performance ratings of each PKR MP to party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

    The report also labelled PKR’s defected MPs – Wee Choo Kiong (Wangsa Maju), Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal), Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (Bayan Baru), Zulkifli Nordin (Kulim-Bandar Baharu), Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (Bagan Serai) and Gobala Krishnan (Padang Serai) – as “non-performers”.

    According to the source, the audit findings could have triggered the defection given that the MPs foresaw the axe coming in the next election.

    “It’s up to the non-performing incumbents to improve their ratings between now and next election,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the CSC required an aspiring candidate to possess a clean image, good communication skills, especially in written and spoken Malay, English and, if possible, other languages.

    The aspiring candidate must also pass the test on soft skills and matters pertaining to services and competency.

    The CSC also demanded a candidate to be of sound mind, loyal, and most importantly, declare links with other parties, especially Barisan Nasional.

    The candidates were also required to declare their past and present civil and criminal cases if any and their financial independence.

    Those with a previous conviction, having been fined RM2,000 or imprisoned for two years or more, would be rejected.

    The passing mark was between 50% and 55%. Parliamentary candidates and state executive councillors must score 55% while state assembly candidates needed 50%.

    Candidates for both federal and state seats in Sabah and Sarawak would only need 50% due to a shortage in talent.

    After last year’s party polls, the source claimed that Azmin had removed vice-president Fuziah from her role as party election director.

    He said the leadership issued Fuziah an ultimatum – “choose between being an elected vice-president and election director”.

    “Pushed to a corner, she chose to be a vice-president,” he added.

    By virtue of being the party’s new election director, Azmin also heads the candidate selection committee.

    Although officially the KPI and CSC were accepted as valid benchmarks by the party to select future candidates, the source said both would be discarded soon.

    “With tacit support from party supremo Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin will have a free hand to choose the candidates,” he added. FreeMalaysiaToday....

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