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    SPR: TI hammers SPR as unreliable.

    TI-M hammers EC as unreliable
    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
    March 30, 2011


    Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has rubbished claims his commission was biased. — file pic
    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) savaged the Election Commission (EC) today for falling down on its job of ensuring free and fair elections in the country.


    Datuk Paul Low, the group’s president, said the EC has failed to show that they were “independent” in carrying out their duties even though they were guaranteed autonomy under the federal constitution.

    “We cannot rely completely on the EC to enforce these rules... they don’t seem to be independent in practice,” he told reporters today.

    Low said that there has been no proper enforcement of existing election laws, and alluded to this being the cause of many election offences going unpunished.

    “The EC today is just managing the elections process, not enforcing it.

    “There are not too many do’s and don’ts... things are just not clear, borderline on corruption,” said Low.

    Low’s stinging rebuke against the commission comes as Sarawak, the country’s largest state, holds its election next month.

    Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers have consistently accused the EC of failing to be neutral during by-elections, resulting in numerous complaints to the commission.

    The EC has, however, maintained that it is impartial and independent, denying allegations of favouring Barisan Nasional (BN).

    Today, Low asked for the commission to be bolstered to allow it to clamp down on future electoral abuses.

    “The EC has to be strengthened to be given more powers to conduct the elections.

    “Many things have happened (during elections), there have been a lot of abuse, practices which may not have been legal, unethical... but election laws have not been that strict in matters of enforcement,” said the TI-M president.

    He said that TI-M has proposed 22 reforms to improve transparency and accountability in political financing, under three major themes: institutional reforms, legislative reforms and media reforms.

    “(The reforms) are an acid test... perhaps our corruption perception index will then improve,” added Low.

    Malaysia’s corruption index score dropped to its lowest level last year, going from 4.5 to 4.4 out of 10, with 10 being the least corrupt.

    The country’s 2010 ranking remained the same as 2009, at 56 out of 178 countries, putting it on par with Namibia and Turkey.
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    Bersih 2.0: Polls promises are bribes too



    Regina Lee
    Mar 30, 11

    The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections said that while election handouts are a clear-cut case of corruption, the same should apply to election promises.

    Disagreeing with Transparency International-Malaysia's statements that election promises are, though unethical, not a form of corruption, the coalition said that they are still a form of inducement.

    “Clear reading of the Elections Offences Act shows that whenever there is an inducement for votes to vote for a particular party, no matter whether they are with funds or promises, that is an election offence...



    “I'm sorry but I disagree with Transparency International. I am disappointed that they take the view when they should uphold fair practices,” said former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan (right), who now helms the coalition, named Bersih 2.0.

    TI-M president Paul Low had earlier this morning said while election handouts are bribes, they are not too 'bothered' with election promises since they are just 'borderline'.

    But this is refuted by Ambiga, who added: “Like the infamous saying now, 'you help me, I help you', that should be an offence.”

    This was in reference to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's now immortal words uttered just on the eve of the Sibu by-election polls in May.

    In his speech at Rejang Park, the premier promised that he would 'sign a cheque' for RM5 million in flood mitigation projects for the flood-prone area if the voters support the BN candidate.

    At the same time, Ambiga said that it should also be an offence to 'punish' constituents if they are denied of development.

    “That is already evident in trying to intimidate people into voting for them,” she told Malaysiakini.

    “Ultimately, if the government goes to a constituency and make specific promise to that constituency which all constituencies should get specifically during election time, that would constitute vote-buying.

    “People should be entitled to development whoever they vote for. If there is an instance where they don't vote for a particular party and they are prejudiced, that whole conduct is prohibited under the act,” she said.

    Obvious difference when it comes to manifestos

    However, she said that there should be an obvious difference between an election promise and a manifesto.



    “An election promise is by way of future projects, delivered only if someone votes for a particular party. But a manifesto is signed and it is your right to make,” she said.

    She added that policies as outlined in a manifesto are in accordance with what a responsible government should do.

    “But there is big difference between that and simply pouring in money to induce votes,” she said.

    She also said that while the Election Commission should be further empowered to enforce election laws fully, they should prove their own mettle and open up their processes for observers.

    “EC should accredit international observers. If they are sure that the processes are above board, they should allow international observers in,” said Ambiga.
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    This merry-go-round trick has been played for too long. The SPR claims that corruption cases have to be handled by the MACC. The MACC will say investigation have to be referred to the Police. The Police says that prosecution has to be decided by the Attorney General. Meanwhile, with the new Govt is in place, the AG sucks up to his new boss and says No Further Action (NFA). Case closed!

    In a football game, do the referee refer to the Football Association for decisions or he decides? Of course he decides. When the game is over, it's game over.

    Stop insulting our intelligence and do your job, SPR!


    EC passes vote-buying buck to MACC
    By G. Manimaran
    Bahasa Malaysia Editor
    March 31, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The Election Commission (EC) has refuted Transparency International Malaysia’s (TI-M) claim it failed to ensure bribe-free polls as it was the job of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to tackle graft.

    EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told The Malaysian Insider it was “unfair” of TI-M to slam the regulator for not enforcing anti-bribery election laws, calling the whole affair “odd”.

    “It’s odd because TI-M is aware and understands that the task of monitoring and eradicating any act of bribery, including political bribery and bribery during elections, falls under MACC’s purview,” he said.

    TI-M yesterday savaged the EC for failing to ensure free and fair elections in the country despite the autonomy granted to the latter under the Federal Constitution.

    “We cannot rely completely on the EC to enforce these rules... they don’t seem to be independent in practice,” he had told reporters.

    Low said that there has been no proper enforcement of existing election laws, and suggested that this was the reason many election offences went unpunished.

    “The EC today is just managing the elections process, not enforcing it,” he said. “There are not too many do’s and don’ts... things are just not clear, borderline on corruption.”

    Low’s stinging rebuke against the EC comes as Sarawak, the country’s largest state, prepares to hold state elections next month.

    Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers have repeatedly accused the EC of failing to be neutral during by-elections, resulting in numerous complaints to the commission.

    The EC, however, has maintained that it is impartial and independent, denying opposition allegations that it favours Barisan Nasional (BN).

    Wan Ahmad stressed today that the EC worked closely with the MACC to monitor election bribery which, he said, was a serious offence in any form.

    “It’s true that the Election Offences Act 1954 contains sections about bribery but for any act of bribery or complaints about it, the EC will ask for MACC’s help or hand over responsibility to it,” he said.

    “Likewise, all criminal acts and security matters during elections are under the police’s scope of duty.”

    According to the Federal Constitution and other laws, the EC is responsible for the management and execution of elections.

    Malaysia’s corruption index score dropped to its lowest level ever last year, going from 4.5 to 4.4 out of 10, with 10 being the least corrupt.

    The country’s 2010 ranking remained unchanged from the year before at 56 out of 178 countries, putting it on par with Namibia and Turkey.
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