Feb 28, 2008

ELECTION 2008: Two 128-year-olds may vote on March 8

As always, you can't prove that no such person exist or not. If you are not satisfied, you can take the matter to court.

(NST) To record the historic balloting, Pas is stationing a photographer on polling day to take a picture of the two senior citizens and register them with the Guinness Book of Records. The woman is said to be from Petaling Jaya Utara while the man comes from Kuala Langat.

"We are very interested in this 128-year-old man and woman and we want to register their particulars for the Guinness Book of Records," said press secretary to the pas president Roslan Shahir at a Press conference at the Pas headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut today.

"We want to congratulate them and ask whether tempe (soya bean paste) is their secret to longevity," he said in jest, "but logically, we know that they do not exist and our worry is that someone may come and vote on their behalf."

Roslan said based on Pas records, there 23 voters aged 100 and above in various constituencies in Selangor and five in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan but when contacted later and told that the number of over 100-year-old voters was 8,666, he said: "This is very alarming and proof that the electoral process is tainted."

Roslan said Pas had approached the Election Commission on the matter but were not convinced with the explanation given, which was: "No death certificates, no removal of names."

"The justification is flimsy and not convincing and we found that the EC list is not complete. Some houses are listing at least 30 to 40 voters each," he said.

Roslan said the names must be removed immediately because in some constituencies, PAS does not have polling agents to monitor the balloting process.

Commenting on Sabah which has the highest number of 100-year-old voters, Roslan said Pas could not place enough opposition counting agents in remote areas as they don’t have the manpower.

“In such areas, we are weak,” he conceded. “We cannot send people to become counting agents because were don’t have that many. So, what guarantee do we have that these 100-year-old voters would not be replaced by a bogus voter?”

* Also available via Malaysiakini

Feb 27, 2008

ELECTION 2008: Top 10 Candidates that you require your extra consideration before you vote (Part 1)

Here's the list of Top 10 Candidates for the coming General Election that you should really put extra consideration before you vote for them.

1. Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Umno) P.187 KINABATANGAN

Video : Watch Bung Mokhtar Radin stunt show in Parliament

Video : "Tiap-tiap bulan pun bocor"

Issues : - The famous quote "Mana ada bocor, Batu Gajah pun tiap-tiap bulan bocor juga"

2. Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abd Aziz (BN-Umno) P.61 PADANG RENGAS

Video : Bohong and Bodoh! Nazri shouted "Stupid!" at Kit Siang

Video : Parlimen Malaysia - Nazri Racist

Issues: - "He is the most racist politician in Malaysia."- Wikipedia

3. Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-UMNO) P.131 REMBAU

Video : Illegal Umno Youth Protest by Khairy Jamaludin

Issues :
- Created controversies by claiming that the Chinese Communities in Malaysia will take advantage of the Malays if UMNO is weak (Malaysiakini)
- Questions regarding ECM-Libra dealing (Malaysiakini)

4. Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu (BN-MIC) P.62 SUNGAI SIPUT

Issues :
- Longest serving minister in the Cabinet of Malaysia (over 28 years).
- Samy Vellu became MIC acting president in 1979 and then president from 1981.
- Recent plights by Hindraf

5. Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (BN-Umno) N.36 Pelangai

Video : Adnan Yaakob - Aksi Lucah Menteri Besar Pahang Untuk Rakyat

Video : Adnan Yaakob - Go to Hell

Issues - Pahang’s deficit to balloon to RM50mil, while MB place a bid for RM48,000 for CCC 9 car plate number (TheStar), (Utusan Malaysia).

*On a lighter note, election is just a choice between heaven and hell ;-) (link)

Feb 26, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : Bloggers test their popularity in General Election

Election 2008 is powered by the power of the Rakyat and Internet.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Internet is changing the face of Malaysian politics, becoming a virtual political party of its own as the country gears up for elections next month.

Three high-profile bloggers, all opponents of the ruling coalition which has effectively governed for five decades, are standing for the first time as candidates on March 8, hoping that their popularity on the Net will translate into votes.

"Everyone of us has a stake in the country's future, but talk is cheap. We now need to walk the walk," says Jeff Ooi, a well-known blogger contesting a seat in northern Penang state for the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP).

A 52-year-old former advertising copywriter, he has made his name writing a political blog, "Screenshots" www.jeffooi.com, one of dozens that have found an active readership outside the pro-government mainstream press.

Another popular blogger, also running on a DAP ticket, is 34-year-old Tony Pua, a fresh-faced Oxford graduate who started blogging three years ago after setting up a high-tech firm.

"I've had opportunities to migrate but I decided that Malaysia is my home," Pua said as he dreamt up campaign slogans at a cramped DAP office on the second floor of a shophouse, above a Chinese restaurant, on the outskirts of the capital.

"So the next question is what should I do to make it better?" His blog's address is: tonypua.blogspot.com.


Pua, like Ooi, is running from an urban constituency where Internet penetration is highest and opposition sentiment runs stronger than in the countryside.

A third blogger, Badrul Hisham Shaharin, said he is struggling to spread his message because of the limited Internet access in the rural Malay majority seat where he is standing.

"I admit that is difficult because my blog is not accessible here, but I am getting a lot of help from fellow bloggers," he said by phone from his electorate of Rembau, a sleepy farming district south of Kuala Lumpur.

Badrul, who is running on opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's party ticket, will take on Khairy Jamaluddin, the prime minister's son-in-law and an ambitious politician. Badrul's blog: chegubard.blogspot.com

Considered a thorn in the government's side due to their often critical political and social commentaries, Malaysia's blogging community offer alternative views in a country where the government keeps a tight control on mainstream media.

The government said last year it might compel bloggers to register with the authorities to curb the spread of malicious content on the Internet.

Government backers doubt whether bloggers turned opposition politicians could make their presence felt.

"Beyond the major cities like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, there's not much the bloggers can really hope to accomplish," says Mohamad Norza Zakaria, a leader in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's UMNO party (www.umno-online.com)

The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) dominates the 14-party Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Only a fifth of Malaysians have access to the Internet, official data show. There are 10.9 million voters in a nation of 26 million people.

Blogger Ooi spoke of the difficult challenge ahead. "Compared to the BN, we are behind on the three M's - money, machinery and media access."

Feb 24, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : PM opens election campaign with cabinet warning

It is time for Samy Vellu to go?

(AFP) Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi kicked off his election campaign on Sunday with a warning that his cabinet ministers were not assured of jobs in a new administration.

Abdullah formally submitted his nomination for the March 8 polls in the Kepala Batas parliamentary seat on the island state of Penang, surrounded by a sea of supporters from the ruling National Front or Barisan Nasional.

There was heavy security at the nomination centre, with police separating a thousand government supporters from some 500 activists from the Islamic party PAS who shouted the opposition battle cry of "Reformasi" or "Reform".

Veteran politicians who were expected to be ousted in the run-up to the polls have so far retained their positions, but Abdullah hinted in an interview with the New Straits Times that there might be a clean-out after the polls.

"I have made no promises to anyone. I have a free hand (after the election)," he was quoted as saying. "I did not promise anybody anything; whether a return to the cabinet or any other post," he added.

Abdullah has been criticised over his cabinet, which retained many veteran figures from the former administration of Mahathir Mohamad, and which analysts say has prevented him from carrying out his reform promises.

He swept to power in landslide 2004 elections amid optimism after taking over from Mahathir, but since then has gained a reputation for being weak and ineffective, and failing to act on key goals like eradicating corruption.

Figures like Samy Vellu, the only ethnic Indian minister in the multi-racial coalition, are contesting the election again despite strong criticism over his handling of recent anti-discrimination protests by Indian activists.

Abdullah defended the old faces in his line-up, saying they were critical to the election campaign, in which the opposition is aiming to deprive the coalition of its two-thirds majority for the first time in history.

"In facing elections, the party must be led by those who have experience because we do not want problems, which may affect our chances, to crop up due to inexperience," he told the New Straits Times.

Analaysts said Abdullah's popularity, which has already plummeted, would be further damaged if he dashes hopes of rejuvenation in the coalition which has ruled Malaysia since independence a half century ago.

"If things remain as they are with the old guard being retained, then it will be problematic for the future of the party," said political analyst Tricia Yeoh from the Centre for Public Policy Studies.

"If he wants to talk about change, he needs to show it, rather than just speak about it," she said.

In Kepala Batas, Abdullah is contesting against a candidate from PAS, one of the three main opposition parties who have made a pact to stand just one opposition figure in each seat and avoid three-cornered fights.

"Malaysia is rich with resources, but the wealth is only serving the needs of the cronies of the National Front. Corruption is rampant. We promise to stamp it out," said PAS candidate Subri Mat Arshad.

The government is also struggling with public anger over the rising cost of food and fuel, as well as concern over crime rates.

Feb 23, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : Stop protesting, my decision's final - PM

The power struggle begins.

Video Link

(Malaysiakini) Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in an attempt to quell internal unrest, today warned party members to stop protesting against his decision to drop some incumbent candidates.

“I hope they stop these actions to protest against what is considered as the final decision,” he told a press conference after officiating the Rukunegara campaign at the Penang International Sports Arena this afternoon.

abdullah penang function 230208 press conferenceAsked if these protests would affect the party's chances, he said: "I hope there is no effect since tomorrow is the nomination day, followed by 13 days of campaigning. I hope the situation will be better then."

Abdullah, who is also the Barisan Nasional chairperson, was asked to comment on the discontent among the Umno grassroots over the party’s decision to drop a number key candidates in this election.

It was reported that protests have been held outside the Perak and Terengganu menteris besar's official residence by disgruntled Umno members.

Similarly busloads of Umno members had descended at the premier’s residence at Putrajaya yesterday to show support for their dropped candidates.

There was also high tension in Perlis yesterday when some Umno division leaders resigned and BN flags were tore down in the wake of news that Perlis menteri besar Shahidan Kassim would be dropped. Shahidan was eventually retained to defend his seat.

ELECTION 2008: Disappointed supporters of dropped candidates throng PM's residence

One might wonder whether this is directed to certain ministers.

"They are so thick-skinned, they should know that when their time is up, they should be ever ready to let it go in a graceful manner"

(NST) On Thursday, four buses, carrying 240 supporters of an MP whose name was not in the list, arrived at Sri Perdana at 10.30pm last night. One of the buses headed towards the PM's Department but was told to leave by security and police officers.

The bus later joined the others at Sri Perdana and the group, including some children, only left after a representative handed over a memorandum to an officer in the PM's Department, 10 minutes before midnight.

Over at the Prime Minister's Department, about 40 supporters of a Menteri Besar started "camping" outside the guardhouse. When the Menteri Besar left the building at 11pm, the vehicles, mostly luxury cars, also left.

This "unsightly" sight is expected to prevail until tomorrow, which is the nomination day.

Since three days ago, scores of reporters and cameramen had been taking up strategic spots outside the main entrance to get the latest news on states' candidacy from state Barisan Nasional liaison leaders who had been going in and out of the building with their lists.

Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who did not mind stopping by for interviews, made the day for these tired reporters, no mean feat for those who started their stake out as early as 7.30am right up to the wee hours of the morning daily. Even searing heat failed to be a dampener.

An officer in the PM's Department said this was the first time he had witnessed such intense lobbying by candidates and supporters.

"They are so thick-skinned,” he said. “They should know that when their time is up, they should be ever ready to let it go in a graceful manner,"

Another MP and two aides arrived at the PM's Department slightly after 10pm. The MP said he wanted to see the prime minister to submit his report card and to know why he was dropped.

Asked why he had come late at night, he replied: "We had just arrived from Sabah. I just want the PM to know what I have done for my voters but the guards would not let me in. See, my report card is clean."

Feb 22, 2008

ELECTION 2008: Bloggers warned being monitored

If you are a blogger then you have been warned and you are being monitored.

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian government minister has accused bloggers, who have been writing avidly on upcoming elections, of being cowards and warned they are being monitored, a report said Friday.

Youth and Sports Minister Azalina Othman said opposition parties were using blogs to get their message out because they believed the Home Affairs Ministry was busy monitoring reports in the mainstream media, the Star daily said.

"They think they can get away with it but it is not the case as they too are being monitored," she reportedly said, adding that bloggers were cowards and a nuisance to the ruling party.

Opposition parties have resorted to blogs, SMS messaging and YouTube in their campaign for the March 8 polls, to dodge a virtual blackout on mainstream media.

Major newspapers and television stations -- many partly owned by parties in the ruling coalition -- have given blanket coverage to the government and its achievements since the election was called.

The opposition parties rate barely a mention, but thanks to the Internet they have begun campaigning feverishly in cyberspace with the aim of reaching young, urban, educated voters.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranks Malaysia 124 out of 169 on its worldwide press freedom index, and says the main media are "often compelled to ignore or to play down the many events organised by the opposition".

The government has previously threatened that bloggers could be punished under draconian internal security laws which provide for detention without trial.

ELECTION 2008: OMG! PM misses his precious sleeping time

I wonder whether BERNAMA reported this news in order to counter these photos.

Abdullah Stays Up Until Wee Hours To Consider BN Candidates

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had to practically stay up until the wee hours to consider the list of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the March 8 general election.

He said that he considered the list of candidates proposed for the parliamentary and state seats submitted by state BN chairmen apart from meeting leaders of the BN component parties.

"It took a long time. It is not completed," he said at the Malay Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia (DPMM) gathering with the Prime Minister, at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.

Before attending the function at about 5.30pm, Abdullah and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were still meeting the leaders at the Prime Minister's Office, here.

"I told Najib that I have to go because those waiting for me are Malay businessmen wanting to support me. Najib said if that is the case you have to go," the prime minister said.

Feb 21, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : Showdown in Penang

Video : Tsu Koon following Pak Lah- Ending Penang CM-ship with a lie

It is definitely a showndown in Penang for this coming general election. It is a major battleground between Barisan Nasional coalition and Opposition parties that mainly comprise of DAP and PKR.

Earlier, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has announced that he is leading the party into the March 8 General Election in Penang. It is reported that DAP is planning to contest seven parliamentary and 19 state seats in Penang. It is also learnt that Guan Eng is likely to contest the Paya Terubong state seat, which the MCA won by 1,392 votes in 2004.

With Penang as a Chinese-majority state, everyone is really focus on how well DAP can perform against the Barisan Nasional coliation as the main opposition party. Moreover, it is also widely speculated that UMNO is trying very hard to claim leadership in Penang as it is the only BN-state in Peninsular Malaysia not under UMNO's leadership.

Meanwhile, Gerakan acting president Koh Tsu Koon today confirmed that he would be contesting in the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat. In the last general election, Koh contested in the Tanjung Bunga state seat. This time around he has decided to make a federal move following his elevation in the party hierarchy. He will be facing a challenge from DAP's P Ramasamy, a political rookie.

Finally, it is also interesting to see on how a blogger will be able to gain support from voters. Jeff Ooi, well-known blogger-turned-politian, who is standing as a DAP candidate in the elections is likely to be contesting in Jelutong.

* source - TheStar, Malaysiakini, TheSun

ELECTION 2008 : Opposition parties to contest every seat for first time

A well organized opposition party will have better chances this coming General Election?.

(AFP) KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's opposition parties will contest every seat in upcoming general elections for the first time in the nation's history, the party of opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday.

The opposition parties are nearing an agreement to field just one candidate in each seat, avoiding the three-cornered fights that have hampered their chances against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in previous polls.

Anwar's Keadilan party is contesting more than 100 seats, while the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party (DAP) is fielding about 54 and the fundamentalist Islamic party PAS is aiming for around 60.

They hope to substantially increase their presence in parliament where the DAP now has 12 seats, PAS holds six and Keadilan has just one seat.

"In the past there were some seats that BN won uncontested but this time we want to make sure every single seat must be contested," said Keadilan vice-president Azmin Ali.

"This is a major breakthrough among opposition parties," he told AFP.

"We want to come out as a formidable and credible opposition party to take on the national coalition, and we want to give a very strong message to the voters that we are ready to lead."

Parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang from the DAP said the three parties were still wrangling over which would field a candidate in seats in Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo island.

"By and large we have agreed, but in Sabah and Sarawak we are still stuck," he said, adding that the pact was critical for the opposition, which is aiming to deprive the government of its two-thirds majority.

"I think it will be very helpful in ensuring as many MPs as we can are elected," he said.

All 222 parliamentary seats, and the legislatures in the states and territories, will be contested at the general elections which pollsters say will erode the government majority.

It garnered 90 per cent of federal seats in 2004 polls, in a landslide for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi a year after he took over from veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad.

This time, Abdullah is facing charges he is weak and effective, as well as anger over rising prices of food and fuel, and racial tensions between the majority Muslim Malays who control government and ethnic Chinese and Indians.

Feb 20, 2008

Election 2008: Malaysia's opposition mounts campaign in cyberspace

The power of Internet.

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia goes to the polls next month and this time the campaign is going online, as opposition parties turn to blogs, SMS and YouTube to dodge a virtual blackout on mainstream media.

Major newspapers and television stations -- many partly owned by parties in the ruling coalition -- are awash with flattering stories on the government and its achievements ahead of March 8 general elections.

The opposition parties rate barely a mention, but thanks to the Internet they have begun campaigning feverishly in cyberspace with the aim of reaching young, urban, educated voters.

"They control the television but we've got YouTube now," said 31-year-old Lee Sean Li, an accountant who avidly surfs the Net for alternative news and complains there are only negative glimpses of the opposition in the main media.

Lee was delighted to see parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang post a speech on the upcoming elections, just minutes after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dissolved parliament earlier this month.

"I was impressed at how professional he was and it is a clever use of technology," Lee said, adding that 67-year-old Lim is one of the most "wired" politicians in the country.

While many of his generation may struggle to send an email, Lim runs three blogs which are meticulously updated with multiple posts every day, and many of the party's other leaders follow suit.

"Blogging is one way to get word out and an opportunity to circumvent media control," said Lim from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), which is aiming to dent the government's thumping majority in the upcoming vote.

"We cannot neutralise the state-controlled media," he told AFP.

"But Internet pick-up rates will keep getting higher. We will not be blacked out forever."

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranks Malaysia 124 out of 169 on its worldwide press freedom index, and says the main media are "often compelled to ignore or to play down the many events organised by the opposition".

One of the alternative pioneers is Malaysiakini.com, an online news journal which since it began operating in 1999 has been raided by police and denied media passes for its reporters to cover government events.

Co-founder Steven Gan said the use of the Internet as a campaign tool was hampered by penetration rates which remain low in rural areas where the government enjoys strong support.

"But in urban areas, it is significant. They now have this alternative access to news and other views," he said.

The Malaysiakini website receives about 100,000 daily hits and has struggled to cope with the volume since an unprecedented series of public protests against the government broke out in recent months.

"During this election period, I expect it to increase by tenfold and we are preparing for that kind of explosion in the coming weeks. We have upgraded the bandwidth for better access," Gan said.

Malaysia's Islamic opposition party PAS runs its own online journal HarakahDaily.net which features six different online television channels and original reporting on the election.

And political dissident and ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim also writes his own blog which has news links and videos of his Keadilan party's campaign activities.

Anwar last year used the site to release a video clip which allegedly showed a high-profile lawyer brokering top judicial appointments -- a scandal which triggered a full royal commission of inquiry.

Well-known blogger Jeff Ooi, who is standing as a DAP candidate in the elections, said news and views on blogs appealed to a cross-section of people and was not limited to urban youth alone.

"It is not really restricted by age. We are attracting many concerned citizens who are above 45 years old and these are the people who are more interested in politics and the oppositions' viewpoint," he said.

"Our campaign videos will be transmitted through YouTube because it is unlikely for television stations to broadcast them, of course," said Ooi, who is facing a defamation suit by the government-linked New Straits Times Press.

Malaysian bloggers have been heavily criticised by the government which accuses them of spreading lies, and threatened severe punishment and tighter controls on Internet use.

Feb 18, 2008

Tun Mahathir - Muslims should blame themselves

Photo credit - Minaq-jinggo Photopage

Crises and problems also began when Muslim scholars began to neglect subjects perceived to be secular such as science, mathematics, medicine and engineering, but focused only on religious studies. - Tun Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR: Many of the crises faced by Muslims and the Muslim world were largely due to their own fault, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The former prime minister said crises were not something new to the Muslim world as they existed since the Quran began to be interpreted in many ways by different groups.

“Crises and problems also began when Muslim scholars began to neglect subjects perceived to be secular such as science, mathematics, medicine and engineering, but focused only on religious studies.

“I would like to insist that the fault lies in ourselves. We are the people to be blamed, letting ourselves split by so many sects and different interpretations of the Quran,” Dr Mahathir said in his keynote address on “Global Peace: Crisis in the Muslim World” at the International Islamic University (IIU), Gombak, near here.

At one time, Dr Mahathir said, Muslims were leaders in science, mathematics, astronomy, architecture, engineering and medicine while the Western world lagged behind them and were in the dark ages.

However, the Europeans, noticing the knowledge acquired by Muslim scholars, began to learn Arabic to get access to the (various fields of) knowledge and got out of the dark ages and achieved the Renaissance.

He said while the Europeans developed powerful military forces, Muslims however, become less knowledgeable and less capable of doing things for themselves, including defending themselves.

Feb 16, 2008

Malaysian police fire tear gas at HINDRAF protesters

(AFP) KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian police Saturday fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse ethnic Indians gathered in the capital, in the latest crackdown on anti-discrimination protests, witnesses said.

Some 300 people clutching flowers defied a police ban and attempted to gather in Independence Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur, but police quickly moved in, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

"It is an embarrassing attack on the Indian community and on people who just wanted to hand over flowers to the prime minister," said R. Thanenthiran, one of the rally organisers.

The flower protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent that have rocked the multicultural nation, which is now gearing up for general elections on March 8.

More than 20 people were detained, police said, after supporters of Indian rights group Hindraf turned up near Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square.

Police had earlier refused a permit for the gathering.

Indian youths dressed in saffron coloured t-shirts with the Tamil words "Makkal Sakti", or People's Power, chanted slogans calling for justice and an end to alleged discrimination against ethnic Indians in the country.

More than 200 police then surrounded the crowd before spraying them with water cannons and firing tear gas shells above their heads, the AFP correspondent witnessed.

The protest comes after the detention of five Hindraf leaders who enraged the government in November by leading a mass rally protesting alleged discrimination against minority ethnic Indians.

The protest highlighted the grievances of Malaysia's Indians -- descendants of labourers brought over by British colonial rulers in the 1800s -- who say they are marginalised in terms of education, wealth and opportunities.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has admitted that street protests and anger within the Indian community could have an impact on how the government fares in the general elections.

Ethnic Indians make up 7 percent of Malaysia's 27 million population with Malay Muslims forming 60 percent and ethnic Chinese at 26 percent.

Feb 15, 2008

The magical number of 13

So we all know that our Prime Minister's favorite number or so called lucky number is 13. He dissolved the parliament on 13th February 2008. Moreover, besides the Dewan Rakyat, 12 state assemblies with the exception of Sarawak were dissolved – bringing the total number of legislative bodies to 13.

It was also reported that all his vehicles, be it private or official, have registration plates bearing the number 13.

The number 13 is also very personal. The number 13 holds further significance as his daughter Nori’s birthday is on Jan 13, while that of her son and Abdullah’s only grandson, Jibreil Ali Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, who was born last year, is Sept 13.

And last but not least..

There will be 13 days of election campaign inclusive of nomination day.

So what else is related 13?. This is really getting to be spooky.

Feb 14, 2008

Election 2008 : Feb 24 Nomination Day, Polling on March 8

Youtube Video

It is fixed. Nomination day is February 24th, and Election date is March 8th.

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Polling for the general election will be held on March 8 and nominations on Feb 24, the Election Commission (EC) announced today.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the election would involve 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats in 12 states except for Sarawak which held its state election in 2006.

He said 10,922,139 were eligible to cast their votes based on the electoral roll gazetted on Feb 5.

Abdul Rashid made the announcement at the EC headquarters here at 11.40am. The announcement was carried live by RTM dan TV3.

Feb 13, 2008

Huh, Didn't the PM say the parliament won't be dissolved today?!!

What?!. Isn't that a big fat lie?.

(Malaysiakini) Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced the dissolution of the Parliament at a specially arranged press conference at his office in Putrajaya.

He made a brief statement to the media - and carried live by RTM - stating that the election Commission would now have to fix the date for the nation’s 12th general election.

Abdullah was flanked by his deputy Najib Abdul Razak when he made the announcement.

Only yesterday Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dismissed speculations that he would be dissolving the Parliament today.

So who is going to investigate ACA?

If the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) supppose to be an independent body, so who is going to investigate ACA for any corruption cases?.

"I Was Given RM3,000 By ACA," Says Lingam's Former Secretary

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- A former secretary of Datuk V. K. Lingam was given RM3,000 by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) after being told that its investigations into a New Zealand holiday involving the lawyer and former chief justice Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin was closed, the Royal Commission of Inquiry heard today.

L. G. Jayanthi, 45, said an ACA officer telephoned her to say that the investigation was closed because it involved several high-ranking officers in the government.

Asked by commission chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor why the money was given to her, the inquiry's 19th witness did not reply.

Questioned further by Haidar on whether she took the money, Jayanthi replied: "Yes".

When re-examined by her counsel R.S.N. Rayer on whether the RM3,000 was a reward or to buy her silence, she merely that it was given to her just like that.

Jayanthi said that in 1998, the ACA recorded her statements thrice, adding that three months later, an ACA officer, Wong Chee Kong telephoned her to say that the case was closed.

To another question by Rayer whether in the course of her employment with Lingam, she had made an arrangement to have cakes and flowers delivered to the judge's house, she replied in the affirmative.

Apart from those deliveries, Jayanthi said, she also withdrew a big sum money from a bank but had no idea to whom the money was handed to.

To a question by her other counsel, Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who attempted to establish closeness between Lingam and corporate figure Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, Jayanthi said there was a direct communication system linking the duo.

She said there was an intercom in Lingam's room at his office, which was directly connected to Tan's office.

At this juncture, Tan's counsel Pradeep Kumar, objected to the question.

Drawing laughter from the gallery, Haidar excitedly exclaimed: "This is to show the closeness as intended by Shafee."

Feb 5, 2008

Next General Election : List of promises by BN for the Indian Community

General election is really around the corner. Due to the recent HINDRAF protest, most of the Indian Community are going to vote against the current BN-coalition government. To make up for all the mess created under the everlasting leadership of MIC's president, Samy Vellu, Barisan Nasional (BN) made a list of promises to the Indian Community. Here are some of the promises made, and you can be sure there will be more promises in the near future.

  • DPM Najib said BN government could guarantee the future of Malaysian Indians by continuing to improve their social-economic well-being. He also said that they must work within the system and not against it. DPM Najib also denies that the current BN-coalition Government disregards MIC's suggestions for the Indian community.

  • DPM Najib made a promise to the Indian community that the Government will ensure the relocation of temples and other places of worship were done in an orderly manner.

  • PM promises to the whole Malaysians that there will be equitable distribution of opportunities for professionals, quality services and wealth regardless of race or creed.

  • Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop has promised to get Indian youths jobs in the Government if their applications are rejected without reason.

Feb 2, 2008

PM : Bersih Members' Action Disrespectful, Overboard

Looks like this is an early warning for BERSIH.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- Disrespectful and overboard.

This is how Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi described the tearing of the picture of Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman by members of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih).

They tore up Rashid's picture to vent their protest on the country's election system.

Saying that they had gone overboard in their action, Abdullah said such things never happened before.

"They're rude and disrespectful. There are other ways to air their protest," he told reporters after attending the Universiti Malaya Alumni Day.

The Prime Minister was asked to comment on the action by Bersih members to tear Rashid's picture as published in the New Straits Times today in protest against the election system in the country.

They claimed the EC's move to introduce the indelible ink in this election was merely a cosmetic change.

The Prime Minister said Rashid had discharged his duties well by conducting elections in a fair, clean, transparent and democratic manner.

He said Bersih members should not have resorted to such action as the EC had met the Opposition's demand to introduce the indelible ink and transparent ballot boxes to ensure this election was more open and transparent.

"If all these while, what it has been done is not good and the changes being made now (in this election) are also not good, bring the matter to court," said Abdullah in a stern voice.

The Prime Minister said the EC had constantly taken appropriate action to ensure the electoral roll was verified and updated and given prompt attention to complaints such as mistakes in voter registration.

Asked whether the government would take action against Bersih members for tearing Rashid's picture, Abdullah said: "We should take action if there are laws that provide for punishment for such actions."

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