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    SPR: Why the SPR needs to be BERSIHed?

    1. Gerrymandering
    2. Shuffling Voters Around
    3. Postal Votes
    4. Phantom Voters
    5. Picking Overseas Voters
    6. Making it Difficult for Some Voters: In Sarawak, people in the same long-house are split into different voting centres which can mean travelling a few extra hours.
    7. Non-Enforcement of Election Laws: Najib's "You help me, I help you." How more blatant do we have to go than that?
    8. No Fear of Losing Power Means No Democracy: We said that when we are able to change the Ruling Party freely and fairly, we effectively become slaves!

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    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/17/nation/9119483&sec=nation

    Sunday July 17, 2011
    Political parties bring in the most but 40% are ineligible

    By SHAHANAAZ HABIB and RASHVINJEET S. BEDI
    sunday@thestar.com.my

    PUTRAJAYA: Voter registration numbers have gone up significantly, thanks to efforts by political parties.

    But some 40% of the new voters they have registered turned out to be ineligible.

    “Some are dead, underage or already registered voters,” said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

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    Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has disclosed that 40% of the registered voters have been rejected and also the biggest contributors of new voters are political parties.

    Menurut Pengerusi SPR, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof , 40% daripada permohonan pendaftaran pengundi baru telah ditolak dan sumber pendaftaran terbesar adalah daripada parti-parti politik.

    40% wastage rate is too excessive. Go ask any factory supervisor who is worth his salt. And among the reasons for rejection include dead people and underage persons. Now that is taking “I see dead people” statement a bit too far.

    Kadar tolakan 40% rasanya terlampau tinggi. Cuba tanyalah madur-mandur kilang yang tahu kerja mereka adakah kadar ini munasabah. Antara sebab pendaftaran ditolak adalah kerana pengundi baru itu termasuk orang sudah meninggal dan belum cukup usia. Ini sudah tidak munasabah, seperti mana dalam wayangduu yang terkenal dengan ungkapan “saya boleh nampak orang yang sudah meninggal” .



    It is difficult to imagine honest and reasonable registers failed to see the dead and the infant in front of him.

    Amat sukar membayangkan seorang pekerja mendaftarkan pengundi yang jujur dan berfikiran gagal mengesan orang meninggal atau bayi yang berdiri di depannya.




    Interestingly, he did not disclose from which source the majority of the rejected registration originated from.

    Lebih menarik lagi, beliau tidak mendedahkan sumber-sumber pendaftaran yang ditolak.

    Did Abdul Aziz mention the rejection rate among the political parties? No he didn’t and given that political parties are the chief contributors and in the light of transparency and accountability, he should. In fact, the EC should return the rejection forms to the respective originators with good reasons for subsequent follow up. It could be honest mistake and to the cost of genuine eligible voters.

    Adakah beliau menyatakan kadar pendaftaran ditolak antara parti-parti politik? Jawapannya dalah tidak dan memandangkan bahawa parti-parti politik merupakan penyumbang utama, dan demi menegakkan ketelusan, beliau patut memberikan maklumat yang sempurna. Bahkan, pihak SPR harus mengembalikan borang-borang pendaftaran nan sudah ditolak kepada semua pekerja pendaftar dengan alasan yang jelas supaya pembetulan boleh dibuat. Mungkin kesalahan itu hanyalah kesilapan nan boleh dibetulkan supaya kepentingan pengundi yang betul-betul layak tidak dijejaskan.

    When I went round assisting to register voters, a genuine Malaysian in his 20s told me that he registered himself 2 years ago and until today, his name never appeared in the voter’s roll. I doubled checked and confirmed that this was the case and resubmitted his registration form.

    Semasa saya membantu mendaftarkan pengundi di kawasan saya, seorang rakyat Malaysia usia 20’an yang betul-betul layak memaklumkan kepada saya bahawa meskipun beliau sudah mendaftarkan dirinya 2 tahun dahulu tetapi namanya belum disenaraikan lagi. Saya periksa juga dan mengenalpasti bahawa namanya benar-benar tercicir dan telah menghantar semula borang beliau.

    From this single incident, I am skeptical that if the abovementioned 40% rejection rate does not include instances like the above gentlemen?

    Daripada peristiwa tunggal tersebut, mungkinkah pendaftaran 40% yang telah ditolak itu termasuk kejadian seperti di atas?

    Another interesting statistic from the May 2011 numbers alone is that government offices outnumbered even EC in getting voters registered. Given the voting trend in Putrajaya, it is not inconceivable to imagine that the administration of today view, and insist upon that civil servants suppose to be their fixed deposits of votes, together with the much maligned postal voters. How many from government offices been rejected?

    Satu lagi angka yang menarik perhatian saya daripada bancian tersebut adalah bahawa pendaftaran oleh jabatan-jabatan kerajaan telah melebihi pendaftaran SPR sendiri. Memandangkan corak pengundian di Putrajaya, tidak mustahil bahawa pentadbiran buat masa kini menganggap bahawa pekerja-pekerja awan harus menjadi simpanan tetap undi untuknya, seperti pengundi-pengundi pos yang menarik banyak teguran. Berapakah pula daripada pejabat-pejabat kerajaan telah ditolak?

    All I can say is, even the top civil servant is of the opinion that civil servants should be apolitical.

    Menurut Ketua Setiausaha Kerajaan, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassa, pihak pekerja awam mesti tidak menybelahi mana-mana pihak politik dan bertanggungjawab melayan rakyat dan bukan ahli-ahli politik.




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    Civil servants should be apolitical, says Sidek

    PUTRAJAYA: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said civil servants were required to stay apolitical and implement policies set by the present government regardless of their political leanings.

    He reminded some 1.4 million civil servants and pointed out that their obligation was to serve the public and not politicians.

    Sidik said that it was imperative for the civil service to be neutral and implement policies made by the government of the day, even if the state was led by opposition parties.
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    Therefore a civil servant would have fully justified his/her salary and pension by performing his/her duties as prescribed by the General Orders and relevant legislation to the best of his/her ability and integrity.

    Oleh yang demikian, seorang pekerja awam sudah memenuhi segala tanggungjawab beliau kepada kerajaan dan rakyat dengan melunaskan tugas-tugasnya dengan tekun dan ikhlas.

    But your civil right as a voter is totally separated from your professional affiliation. You owe no obligation to the current or future holders of power to vote for them. What you do outside office hours is up to you, provided that it is within the prevailing laws and in good taste.

    Hak sebagai rakyat dan pengundi pekerja-pekerja awam memang terasing daripada talian perkerjaannya. Anda tidak berhutang undi kepada pihak pemegang kuasa kini dan penggantinya. Apa yang anda buat di luar waktu pejabat anda adalah hak anda, asalkan ianya tidak melanggar undang-undang dan bersopan.
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    Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:36

    Forget it, BN and EC won't put through any reform, not without Bersih 3.0

    Written by Kenny Gan, Malaysia Chronicle
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    The job of the Election Commission is to conduct elections fairly and act as an impartial referee. It has no business to tilt the playing field in favour of any party. In Malaysia elections have never been free and fair and this has allowed one regime to rule for more than 50 years without any fear of losing power. It has created a pseudo-democracy with endemic corruption from the top down, subjugation of all the institutions of democracy to serve the regime and abuse of democratic rights. The EC is largely responsible for this sordid state of affairs by subverting the right of Malaysians to choose their own government and kick out a corrupt one.

    There are many ways which the EC has colluded with BN or not acted against abuses such as gerrymandering, postal votes, phantom votes, inducting illegal aliens as voters, unfair access to media, short campaign period, improper use of government machinery, money politics, dirty politics, disenfranchising overseas Malaysians, etc. It may take years and a change of government to clean all these up but the 13th general election is approaching and there is not much time left.

    Nevertheless there are three urgent reforms that the EC can implement immediately and well within their power to do so. They do not require a lot of money, purchase of hardware or long lead time. This will immediately result in a fairer contest and force BN to fight for its life instead of merely fighting for a two-thirds majority in parliament. These are the three urgent reforms we should demand of the EC.

    No. 1 – Tighten Up Postal Voting

    The opposition has long suspected that postal voting has been widely abused to favour BN and even grant BN victories in marginal seats where BN would have lost otherwise. This is not without justification as many BN seats have been saved by postal votes brought in after a first count shows that BN has lost.

    Another criticism is that postal votes are not secret with serial numbers of ballot papers recorded against the voter’s name thus pressuring the voter to vote for BN to avoid being victimized. BN has traditionally won postal votes by 80% to 99%.

    What happens between the time the votes are cast and the boxes produced at the counting centre is another cause of concern as there are ample opportunities to tamper with the votes.

    There is also a longstanding suspicion that the police and military personnel have two votes each – one postal vote and another normal vote using a civilian ID. The wealth of anecdotal accounts lends credence to this and checks of the electoral rolls have produced suspicious evidence.

    In the first place postal voting should be minimized to the absolute necessity. There is no reason for army personnel and their spouses to be granted postal votes as we are not at war and neither are they deployed during elections. The military should be allowed to vote as normal civilians on polling day; perhaps for their convenience polling booths can be set up in army camps.

    Postal voting by the police and other essential services should be witnessed by independent parties and the EC should ensure that the votes cannot be traced back to the individual. The votes should be counted immediately and recorded, not kept and produced on polling day to save marginal seats after a losing count.

    The EC must also allow independent parties to verify that those entitled to postal votes are not double listed in the rolls with a civilian ID.

    No. 2 – Use Indelible Ink

    The use of indelible ink to prevent multiple voting by one person will effectively wipe out the phantom voter menace even if electoral rolls are not clean. It is cheap, effective, hard to bypass and can be implemented immediately so why the EC refuses to consider indelible ink is strange (or perhaps not so strange).

    The reasons given by EC such as “indelible ink is only used in poor countries” or “it is only for countries without a registration database” is specious and worthless. Instead it is pushing for the biometric system which is expensive, requires a lot of hardware, takes a long lead time to implement and is easily abused.

    Essentially the biometric system means the fingerprint of a voter is validated by scanning before he is allowed to vote. According to EC’s deputy chairman, no two voters have the same fingerprint so this is a foolproof method to eliminate multiple voting. True, but what is there to stop the same fingerprint from being stored with multiple phantom I.C.s? Even if the fingerprint does not match the database it is only a matter of programming to grant illegal permissions.

    The biometric system appears to be a high tech way to pull the wool over the eyes of the public and relieve pressure on the EC while allowing BN to continue cheating. BN is wholeheartedly supporting the biometric system which is fishy in itself. Has a party which used to depend on phantom voters suddenly become angels to support a system which would curb their ability to cheat? If you believe this then you will probably believe me if I tell you Paris Hilton is still a virgin.

    The government is now collecting the biometric of 2 million foreign workers. Does this biometric database have other uses besides tracking foreign workers? Will they be issued with Malaysian I.C.s and shafted into EC’s database later?

    No. 3 – Allow Overseas Malaysians to Vote

    The mechanism for overseas Malaysians to vote at Malaysian embassies exist for students and embassy staff so there is no reason why it cannot be extended to all Malaysians living overseas. Most countries including our neighbours Singapore and Thailand allow their overseas citizens to vote.

    Although the law states that all full time overseas Malaysian students can vote this facility is only granted to government sponsored students and illegally denied to private students. The only reason not to extend the facility to all overseas Malaysians is because BN fears them.

    Malaysians staying and working overseas are still citizens and they have far more right to take part in selecting their government than the illegal immigrants in Sabah. Many of them are only residing temporarily overseas and even those who have migrated but still retain their citizenship may desire to come back in future especially if political and social conditions improve.

    Bersih 3.0

    Granted that there are a lot of other reforms to really level the playing field, these three will do for a start. They are easy to implement and well within the jurisdiction of the EC which has often begged that it is toothless to act against many election offences.

    BN can have its colossal advantage in media, money and machinery to fight the election but implementing these three reforms will tilt back the playing field somewhat although it will be by no means level. They are nothing more than putting a stop to the underhanded cheating that BN has enjoyed for so long.

    Sceptics may ask, “How did the opposition capture 5 states and 82 parliament seats if the playing field is so tilted?” The answer to this is that the opposition achieved their gains due to overwhelming support which swamped BN’s built-in advantages. On a more level playing field, BN’s losses would be much worse and Najib may even be opposition leader.

    Expecting the EC to implement these reforms on its own is like putting sour milk into a fridge and hoping it will turn fresh. Civil society need to push tremendous pressure on the EC to do the needful for the rakyat instead of acting as a lackey of BN. The pressure cannot stop at Bersih 2.0, we must threaten a Bersih 3.0 if the EC refuses to act. This time the people’s rally should be held in all major towns including East Malaysia.

    Election is the last peaceful resort a society has of correcting a bad government and checking a slide down the drain to tyranny. Take away this right and the country becomes a dictatorship and a police state where any the oligarchy plunder the country at will and peaceful citizens are locked up at the pleasure of the regime. Malaysians must reclaim this right before things deteriorate to a point where we become the Zimbabwe of the East.

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    SPR Considers BERSIH 2.0 Demands as putting a gun to their heads

    How stupid can you get? That's the trouble with putting an ex-civil servant to be the referee.

    No gun to anyone’s head, Bersih 2.0 tells EC chief

    UPDATED @ 05:56:21 PM 19-08-2011 By Debra Chong August 19, 2011
    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Bersih 2.0 today laughed off the Election Commission (EC) chief’s remark it had put a gun to his head in pushing for electoral reforms.

    Maria Chin Abdullah, who is a part of the reform group’s steering committee, said it was only putting pressure because its requests to clean up the election process had been ignored all these years.



    “We are not so violent as to put a gun to anyone’s head,” Maria (picture) told The Malaysian Insider in an immediate response to EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s description of Bersih 2.0’s actions.

    “We need to ensure our demands are put forward,” she said, adding that its suggestions for more transparent elections had been raised even before the July 9 rally in the city.

    “If there’s no response, what do you expect people to do? We can’t just keep quiet,” she said.

    She said the coalition of 62 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had been asking the authority to act and prevent election fraud for years, but had been repeatedly ignored.

    The movement has shortlisted eight immediate measures, including more frequent updates of the electoral roll, the use of indelible ink to prevent voter fraud and an extension of the campaign period to a minimum 21 days.

    Maria, who heads another civil society called Empower, urged the EC to stop treating Bersih 2.0 like the enemy, and recognise its efforts as legitimate attempts to help the democratisation process in Malaysia.

    “They have to do that first. They have to stop calling us illegitimate,” she said.

    Abdul Aziz had earlier told reporters Bersih 2.0’s demands to the EC were like putting a gun to his head.

    “I told them better don’t do that (put a gun to his head). You can suggest anything but some suggestions we might agree, some suggestions we might not. But don’t expect we must agree everything,” Abdul Aziz said today.

    He was speaking to reporters here at the EC office after a two-hour discussion with the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham).

    The first NGO to meet with the EC since the July 9 Bersih rally, Proham today submitted a report on “Human Rights and Electoral Reform” based on its findings from a public forum last month.

    “You must come like Proham today, we must discuss openly without condition; they (Proham) didn’t put a gun to my head,” he said.

    Maria said the EC has yet to contact Bersih 2.0 directly to discuss talks despite having already mentioned their intention to do so in the media.

    The election watchdog group has been pushing for electoral reforms for years, resulting in two street rallies — the first in 2007, which has been partly credited for the Election 2008 tsunami, and the second on July 9 this year, which saw the Najib administration’s reformist image take a severe beating in the international media.

    Prime Minister Datukl Seri Najib had announced on Tuesday it would form a bipartisan panel, answerable to Parliament, to review the electoral process.

    Bersih had suggested the parliamentary select committee push for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on electoral reforms in Malaysia, saying that the “terms of reference” for the commission should be drawn up by the committee within a year after its formation.
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