Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Malaysia's elections holds many lessons...

Finally it is over and the results are out. The opposition won more than half the votes counted but did not get enough seats to form the govt. The opposition support is concentrated in Peninsular Malaysia where they won 53.3% of the vote vs 45.7% for BN.

While the ruling party in Malaysia is very different from the PAP, there are several common traits they share. One is the control of the traditional news media. I always pick up a copy of the English newspapers whenever I go to Malaysia  - there is plenty of coverage for govt programmes, the leaders and nothing about the opposition - if there is something, it is usually negative. The Malaysian opposition has been able to overcome the state controlled media using the Internet and social media for its campaign. 

"The mainstream media is completely controlled by the government and denied access to the opposition. Malaysia ranks 145 on Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index and has dropped in the ranking every year since 2003. During the campaign period countless hours of airtime and dozens of pages of newsprint are dedicated to promoting lies and misinformation about the opposition without providing any opportunity for rebuttal. There can be no real democracy with such a lopsided and biased media environment. Throughout the last five years Malaysian authorities have arrested bloggers under charges of sedition and treason." - [Link]

Singapore's mainstream media is ranked 149 compared with 146 for Malaysia's. 

Another issue in this election is the lack of independence of the Election Commission. This election, the Malaysian EC;s reputation is completely ruined. Opposition supporters who are now the majority of Malaysian voters are suspicious of the election results. 

"It's electoral fraud, the Election Commission's complicity in the crime, attempting to steal the elections from the people," - Anwar [Link]

There are many issues associated with the Malaysia election process - these include postal mail in votes, phantom voters, etc. In this election, there were accusations that foreigners were flown on chartered flights to closely fought seats to vote for the ruling party, vote buying, ballot stuffing, problems with indelible being washable. While it is not clear if these incidents were widespread, the social media reported many of these showing video evidence like this one below of foreign workers brought to polling centers.



"Based on the voter list gazetted in March 2013 the following has been identified:

- Postal voters who by definition are engaged in national service with a national origin from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Indonesia
- 28,000 Philippinos and Indonesians designated as voters based in
Sabah but casting ballots in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor state
- The Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project has identified countless examples of dubious registrations in the voter file including instances of 100s of registered voters residing in a single home, foreign nationals listed as registered voters, individuals registered doubly as regular and postal voters,

The Election Commission acknowledged many of these problems but failed to take adequate steps to resolve them." 
[Link]
The Election Commission falls under the purview of the Prime Minister's Department and incidents of possible fraud gets linked quickly to the Malaysian Prime Minister completely eroding the trust of people in the system. The Election Commission should be completely independent and the members should not be elected by leaders of a political party so as to command public confidence. When elections become closely fought, the public can be extremely suspicious of various actions of the EC if it is not an independent body.

The drawing of boundaries of constituencies has a potent effect on the number of seats won by a party. In Peninsula Malaysia, the opposition won 53% of the votes but it lost many closely fought seats because the ruling party could examine previous voting patterns in sub-districts and adjust the boundaries according to get as many seats as possible and to deny proper representation for people who oppose them. These boundaries should be drawn objectively so there is equal weight for each vote.

Najib Razak now says he wants "reconciliation" . It is for Malaysians to decide whether they accept him as their leader after what happened in this election. The majority of Malaysians wanted real change and voted for it. They now feel rather "short-changed" after participating in an election process that left so many unanswered questions. I know a few Malaysians who went back home just to vote from faraway places such as Australia and England. 300,000 Malaysians working in Singapore rushed home last weekend to cast their votes. They knew the importance of this election and how it could have changed the course of the country.


45 comments:

Anonymous said...

The best reconciliation is probably to make Anwar the head of UMNO or PM.

bond

blurrsotong said...

How to rig an election 'honestly'
http://www.economist.com/node/21548946

Anonymous said...

While BN may not be that good, it is also an unknown if Pakatan could be a workable, let alone a better government.

Just look at Selangor state won by Pakatan. It has still not been able to decide who should be the Mentri Besar (Chief minister) among and within the parties PKR and PAS.
DAP is ruled out because MB post is for Bumiputra.

Imagine if Pakatan win at the national level, what will be the scenario.

Perhaps, like everything else, it is still a choice of the lesser of 2 evils.

Or can you imagine if instead of PAP, the opposition had won 93% seats in GE 2011?

But at least Anwar is more than ready to be government.

In contrast WP Low Thia Khiang not only admitted not ready but even praised PAP as a competent government! lol





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Anonymous said...

1) BN won 59.9% of the seats with 47.38% of popular votes in March 2013 election.

PAP won 93% of seats with 60% of popular votes in May 2011 election.


2) BN brought in phantom voters to vote for themselves. BN denied it.

PAP open the floodgate to take in unlimited number of foreigners. Within a short time, PAP loosely converts unlimited number of foreigners to new citizens. PAP openly declare the reason for doing this is to increase population to counter falling birth rate. But the ulterior motive is to have the unlimited number of new citizens to vote for PAP.


How similar are BN and PAP?

Anonymous said...

This is practically a stolen election. Why should the majority accept the result? The situation is unstable and can easily fall apart. Singapore will be in the same boat as the corrupt Malaysian politicians.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbQPSqGvofw

The real tsunami of democracy. The days of UMNO is numbered.

Anonymous said...

Procreate my dear friends otherwise we all are in trouble. Govt maybe wrong in many issues but in this one they are right.

Anonymous said...

When the Emperor is strong,
& the Generals are strong,
the country will expand,
because ambitious generals have to look outwards.

When the Emperor is strong,
& the Generals are weak,
the country will remain unchanged,
because weak generals are unable to do anything.

When the Emperor is weak,
& the Generals are strong,
the country will be in civil war,
because ambitious generals will look inwards to become the next emperor.

When the Emperor is weak,
& the Generals are weak,
the country will be conquered,
because weak generals are unable to defend the country.

Anonymous said...

Malaysian chinese truly want change as seen in the result given to PKR. May be it is not just chinese but the whole of Malaysian that wanted to topple BN.

Now, I hope the same sentiment will hit GE2016. A Singaporean tsunami is to be expected to vote against the white paper of 6.9 population. It is not just voting against the PAP, it will be a referendum from Singaporeans whether they want a 6.9m population.

GE2016 = Against White paper 6.9mi population. (That should be the theme all opposition parties should amplify to topple this wayang govt)

Anonymous said...

To have won some 46% of all the votes but got some 60% of the parliamentary seats just did not make sense.
100s of 1000s of Malaysians made up of ALL RACES were right to gather at Petaling Jeya to protest PEACEFULLY against the election result which is suspected to be fraudulent.

My respect and salute to the Malaysian People for FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE and THEIR LOVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

HORMAT!

a Singaporean Chinese.

Anonymous said...

At least the Malaysians have the balls! And to these people it is not all about business and money.
When one is too comfortable, one tends to ignore the sufferings of one's neighbours.

Anonymous said...

Malaysians are fed with less hype or psycho babbling of A grade psychophants. They have more space and untampered environment and people are generally friendlier. In Sin..nobody cares about each other unless is your family. Everybody live in close doors. There is an eerie coldness of steel here.

Anonymous said...

Sg is a show flat. For show. Good to see on the outside but dead fish on the inside

Anonymous said...

With Gerrymandering, the ruling party can even win 67% seats with only 33% popular vote:

Extreme Gerrymandering:
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+
|District | Ruling | Opposition | Total | Seats |
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+
| A | 51 | 49 | 100 | 1 Rule |
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+
| B | 51 | 49 | 100 | 1 Rule |
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+
| C | 0 | 100 | 100 | 1 Opp |
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+
| Total | 102 | 198 | 300 | 3 Seats|
+---------+--------+------------+-------+--------+

Ruling party 2/3 seats = 67% seats
Ruling party 102/300 votes = 33% popular votes
Opposition party 1/3 seats = 33% seats
Opposition party 198/300 votes = 67% popular votes

Anonymous said...

All are dirty people. How can one not be dirty in the current political wedlock. Everyone is dragged through the mud.

Anonymous said...

No worthy leaders. Next

Anonymous said...

In the Malaysia Ge2013, it was said that the BN brought foreigners who were newly converted to citizens to vote for the BN.

Over here, the ruling party has already been doing the same thing over the past 10 over years albeit in a smarter way. The white shits here just grant foreigners citizenships at an average of 25,000 per year citing the lower fertility rate as a reason.

Come on fellow Singaporeans especially those 60% in the GE2011, please wake up and vote out the pigs come GE2016, if not for yourself then for your children and your children's children.

Anonymous said...

Never expect Singaporeans to be capable of thinking. That's why we look towards and turn to Oxfart who imparts thinking skills to our people. After the training, you get certificates to tell you you are qualified and safe to think. So the best Oxfart graduate gets the top job to form policies. The rest opine. Everyone should follow the meritocratic way. We have the best system

Anonymous said...

Swiss ex-banker jailed 4 months and 3 weeks for sex with minor

You kidding? The guy should be let off

Anonymous said...

oxfart taught them how to judge?

Anonymous said...

Come next GE, PAP would not even have the balls to mention the figure 6.9M population again. Just mark my words.

The risk of losing more seats to the opposition is simply too great for PAP to ignore. Nobody, not including LKY will dare to piss off the voters again.

Bullies are actually cowards to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Not any bully, you need to be Oxfart graduated to be a certified bully your mom can be proud of.

Anonymous said...

Thats the reason why locals are so into toto and 4d because the chance of winning lottery, abeit small, is still higher than the chance that the ruling party will improve people lives.

Anonymous said...

"To have won some 46% of all the votes but got some 60% of the parliamentary seats just did not make sense."
Anon 9/5/13 09:46

In this world, and about whatever things, whether it make sense or not does not matter.

What matters is whether can anything be done about it so that it makes sense.

I would think Anwar's 100,000 people rally will not help.

So is Singapore's 5000 people rally at HLP.

Must win elections, including "don't make sense" elections, then can help.

What do you think?



Anonymous said...

Right, it has to make sense and not have your senses pull into senseless direction.

sulaemandiki said...

thanks to information.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Najib and the BN!!!!

Anonymous said...

Since all politicians are bad, greedy and unscrupulous, people must learn to vote for the lesser of two evils to lessen their sufferings.

Anonymous said...

Go with the money. Whoever delivers on the money, wins.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to look so far to Malaysia. We have been taking in 25000 new citizens each year and by GE 2016, there will 125 000 new pink ics who will unquestionably vote for the government. That's an additional 8% votes. In the last election, 7% of new citizens voted for the government. This means by 2016, the government would have achieved 15% of new votes as buffer for its falling votes.

And Singaporeans till this very moment are fast asleep to the point that most Singaporeans are in denial.

Anonymous said...

You die your business. Business. Your business

Anonymous said...

Anybody watched survival this week?

F the angmohs!

Anonymous said...

They said the NGOs and individuals who made their earlier statements should have facilitated a proper investigation of He’s allegations instead of hindering it “while continuing to cast aspersions on the integrity of the police”. He must either make a police report and substantiate his allegations with evidence, or his allegations must be regarded as unfounded and spurious.

They added that Singapore’s tripartite system — consisting of the Government, unions and employers — could not have worked for more than 40 years and counting “if it had been based on oppression of workers and suppression of labour rights”.

Anonymous said...

Oxfart graduates, how to win?

Anonymous said...

If PAP is that bad, it could not have been in power for over 40 years.

I must also add that PAP is not bad at winning elections.

Anonymous said...

Any problems?

Please go settle differences in court

Anonymous said...

fuck pap

long live lky

Sabah Country said...

http://www.sabahcolumn.net/2014/08/sabah-fact-meet-founding-fathers-of.html.

Negara Singapura : Lee Kuan Yew
Negara Sabah : Donald Stepehen
Negara Sarawak : Stephen Kalong Ningkin
Persekutuan Malaya : Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj

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