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    SPR: Najib pledges clean and fair elections

    Najib pledges clean, fair election

    April 10, 2012
    His appearance on the talk show before ethnic Chinese audiences was part of his intensified efforts to win them over.
    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak vowed to hold a clean and fair election as he intensifies efforts to win back voters lost to the opposition ahead of looming polls.

    “I”d like to repeat it once more that we will not want to be elected on the basis that we have rigged the elections or manipulated the elections. We want the people to show their support in a fair and clean manner… we have no qualms and no differences as far as objectivity is concerned,” he said at a late night Mandarin talk show on Malaysia”s ntv7 ahead of widely speculated election within months.

    His comment came days after activist groups who drew tens of thousands in a mass rally last July announced plans to hold a fresh protest at the end of this month against what they called the government”s lack of commitment in pushing for electoral reform.

    The planned protest came on the heels of the parliament’s endorsement of a list of reform recommendations to improve the electoral system, which opposition and the activists said, hadn’t gone far enough to address the “fundamental issues” like fraud.

    He did not say when he would call the election, which is due before the end of the parliamentary mandate in March, but he hinted that he would “decide on the most opportune time when the public is warming up towards us”.

    Najib came into office in a turbulent year for the governing coalition Barisan Nasional when it dealt the worst blow in history by losing five states to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, and a two-third parliamentary majority in the 2008 election.

    The coalition scored the lowest among Malaysian Chinese — the second largest ethnic group in the multiracial country”s 28 million population who swung heavily to the opposition in that election.

    Analysts said many of them felt discriminated by the ethnic Malay Muslim-dominant government.
    Enticing the Chinese voters

    Najib’s appearance on the talk show before ethnic Chinese audiences was part of his intensified efforts to win them over.

    He was on a Mandarin radio show last month addressing issues concerning the ethnic Chinese, which makes up about 26 percent of the majority-Malay population.

    On Monday night, he reminded people of the large amount of funds and reserved lands that the government had given to the Chinese vernacular schools, stressing that “the Chinese schools are an integral part of our national education system”.

    He also pledged to continue with implementing policies benefiting all races and reminded the audience of the reforms he introduced, such as the transformation programme that aimed at developing Malaysia into a high income country by 2020.

    His popularity jumped 10 percent to 69 percent from August last year, according to a survey by independent opinion research firm, Merdeka Centre.

    “Reform will take time, Rome is not built in a day,” he said.

    “The journey has already begun. We have accomplished much within the last three years, I can assure you if we are given a mandate for the next five years we will reform,” he added.
    - Xinhua

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    Comment: Najib's talk are merely words. These are his actions. 10 Recommendations by the PSC in Dec 2011. After 4 months, we can see the results - 0.

    He added indelible ink. Then he added 30,000 postal voters in the form of polling clerks which will cost us RM 7 million, to apply the ink! Why do we need a clerk? Just ask the voter to dip his finger in the ink. There will now be 4 clerks per polling station, whereas a properly managed system can make do with 2 clerks. Extra RM 14 MILLION for nothing, other than extra 60,000 postal votes.

    Can you imagine effect of adding 30,000 postal voters? Statistically, from past records, that's 29,000 votes for BN!

    You can expect that the 22 recommendations in the PSC Final Report will not amount to much and most of it will just be kicking the can down the road.

    Solution: Sack the EC 1st, then we talk

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    EC chief’s remark stokes further talk of June polls

    April 09, 2012

    Aziz said there was a possibility the general election may be held before June. — File pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Speculation of a June general election intensified among the media today after Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abd Aziz Mohd Yusof said his agency was readying for polls then, according to Bernama Online.“Administratively, I am making preparations for my officers by June... but I am not saying that the election will not be held before June,” Aziz was quoted as saying in the report.

    His remark drew a frenzy of questions from media members during a press conference in Kuching, where the EC was holding a two-day briefing for its officials.

    Despite the prodding, Aziz refused to confirm any details other than to say he has received indication that the general election may be called then, to allow for the EC to make arrangements.

    “The 13th general election will be unlike the previous general election. There will be many new things introduced for the first time,” he said.

    Among others, the next general election will see the introduction of indelible ink — a key demand made by election watchdog Bersih 2.0.

    Despite this development, Bersih 2.0 will hold its third rally to call for free and fair elections on April 28 after rejecting a Parliamentary Select Committee’s (PSC) recommendations for electoral reforms.

    Calling the PSC’s proposals as inadequate, Bersih further said the rally is necessary as the government has made no commitment to fully adopt the recommendations and refused to delay polls until these can be implemented.

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to call for an early general election soon to allow Barisan Nasional (BN) to take advantage of the positive mood following a slew of cash handouts and a civil service pay increase.

    The Malaysian Insider understands elections may be held as early as June with Parliament expected to be dissolved in mid-May.

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