Hisham: No permit to be issuedTaken from The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The police met the three groups intending to hold mass rallies and street marches next month, reiterating that none will get a permit to do so.
“I can categorically say this,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters here yesterday.
“Some want us (the Government) to use the Internal Security Act against them. But there are other laws that we can use,” he said.
The opposition-initiated Bersih 2.0 coalition is adamant about going ahead with its July 9 street march, prompting Umno Youth to go on with its counter rally.
Gerak Aman, a newly-launched coalition of 57 non-governmental organisations and led by Malay rights group Perkasa, has also said it would take to the streets on the same day if Bersih 2.0 continued with its rally.
Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali welcomed the police decision against issuing the permits.
“If they (the other groups) are determined, I will have to consult the Gerak Aman committee on our next course of action,” he said.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the wing would continue with its planned march, even without a police permit.
Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the state police received 53 reports this month over the Opposition-initiated Bersih 2.0 rally.
The reports were made by NGOs and individuals, including taxi drivers, he said.
In IPOH, a group led by former Perak PKR Youth acting chief Faizal Effendi Hashim lodged a report against Bersih 2.0 at 11am yesterday.
Another report was lodged by representatives of three local NGOs Pertubuhan Masyarakat Prihatin Perak, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Rakyat Perak and Pertubuhan India Muslim Perak at 6pm.
Malaysian Youth Council president Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee said it strongly opposed street demonstrations.
“The council intends to collect one million signatures against the Bersih 2.0 rally,” he said.
In the Bersih.org site, there are 8 immediate demands which is :
1. Clean the electoral roll
The electoral roll is marred with irregularities such as deceased persons and multiple persons registered under a single address or non-existent addresses. The electoral roll must be revised and updated to wipe out these ‘phantom voters’. The rakyat have a right to an electoral roll that is an accurate reflection of the voting population.
In the longer term, BERSIH 2.0 also calls for the EC to implement an automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities.
I say : Here Bersih is totally lying to the public. Any registered voter or any person who is going to vote have to register themselves as voters at the EC offices or the nearest post office. But they have to use their identity card (I/C) to register using the address stated in the IC. So, it is absolutely a lie when Bersih said that deceased persons and multiple persons are registred under a single address or non-existent addresses. If that were true, they are the ones who are doing it. And, who have multiple ICs that they can register many times? I don't. Do you?
On the automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities, how can you ensure that all those automatically registered will go out to vote? We can't even compel those who are registered voters to go out to vote.
In October 2010, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had announced that the government will not implement automatic voter registration.
“The government does not intend to implement automatic registration for those above the age of 21 years of age because a large number of Malaysians do not live in the address stated in their IC. If automatic registration is implemented it will bring big implications to those involved as we are looking at the mobility of the people which is very high.
“This is because there are some who still haven’t changed their address and automatic registration would cause further complications. What concerns us is that the percentage of voters coming out to vote on the day of elections will decrease and this will affect the country’s image in the global perspective.”
The opposition supporters have been known to pay to keep the ICs of the voters to stop them from voting. They had also been illegally stopping busses carrying outstation voters working outside of the respective voting areas from entering the by-election areas.
2. Reform postal ballot
The current postal ballot system must be reformed to ensure that all citizens of Malaysia are able to exercise their right to vote. Postal ballot should not only be open for all Malaysian citizens living abroad, but also for those within the country who cannot be physically present in their voting constituency on polling day. Police, military and civil servants too must vote normally like other voters if not on duty on polling day.
The postal ballot system must be transparent. Party agents should be allowed to monitor the entire process of postal voting.
I say : The opposition wants this system to be implemented so that they can manipulate the system. Concerns about postal voting have been raised as to whether it complies with the requirements of a secret ballot, in that people cast their vote outside the security of a polling station, and whether voters can cast their vote privately free from another person's coercion. There have been cases of electoral fraud with postal votes in the United Kingdom (including in Birmingham at the 2004 European and local government elections in the UK).
In Texas, electoral fraud occurring over the years involves political operatives engaged by candidates illegally aid those eligible to vote by mail, usually voters over 65 years of age or voters with a disability. There have been cases of electoral fraud with postal votes in the UK (including at the 2004 European and local government elections in Birmingham).
3. Use of indelible ink
Indelible ink must be used in all elections. It is a simple, affordable and effective solution in preventing voter fraud. In 2007, the EC decided to implement the use of indelible ink. However, in the final days leading up to the 12th General Elections, the EC decided to withdraw the use of indelible ink citing legal reasons and rumours of sabotage.
BERSIH 2.0 demands for indelible ink to be used for all the upcoming elections. Failure to do so will lead to the inevitable conclusion that there is an intention to allow voter fraud.
I say : This use of an indelible ink has not been used in any of the election in developed countries. Some countries (in which some still cannot be categorized as developed countries) which have used Electoral stain in general elections include:
* Burkina Faso
* Democratic Republic of the Congo
* South Africa
* Sri Lanka
There had been controversies in countries in which they had been used. In the Afghan presidential election, 2004, allegations of electoral fraud arose around the use of indelible ink stains, which many claimed were easily able to be washed off. Election officials had chosen to use the more efficient marker pen option; however, regular marker pens were also sent out to polling stations, which led to confusion and some people being marked with less permanent ink.
During the Zimbabwean presidential election, 2008, reports surfaced that those who had chosen not to vote were attacked and beaten by government sponsored mobs. The mobs attacked those without ink on their finger.
In the Malaysian general election, 2008, the election authorities canceled the use of Electoral Stain a week before voters went to the polls, saying it would be unconstitutional to prevent people from voting even if they had already had their fingers stained. Additionally they cited reports of ink being smuggled in from neighboring Thailand in order to mark peoples' fingers before they had a chance to vote, thus denying them their rights. This must be the work of the opposition parties who had been so adamant in demanding the usage of the indelible ink.
In America, this is what Ted Gunderson wants for America :
No use of computer voting or vote counting in federal elections. All voting to be on paper ballots, with voters using indelible ink on a thumb after voting, all vote counting to be done in public at each voting place, with results publicly posted at each voting place immediately after counting.
4. Minimum 21 days campaign period
The EC should stipulate a campaign period of not less than 21 days. A longer campaign period would allow voters more time to gather information and deliberate on their choices. It will also allow candidates more time to disseminate information to rural areas. The first national elections in 1955 under the British Colonial Government had a campaign period of 42 days but the campaign period for 12th GE in 2008 was a mere 8 days.
I say : The Bersih group are pro opposition who are only finding the fault of the government. In an article in The Malaysian Insider, there is this news about 3 Malay youths detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) 1969 for allegedly stealing motorcycles.
One commentor asked why is the the EO still in place since the Communist Party of Malaya had been disbanned? How could Bersih be so biased as to refer to the campaign period of 42 days by the British Colonial Government in 1955? Malaysia had achieved her independance in 1957, so how can they refer to something that is done before Malaysia's independance?
Now, Chin Peng is one of the most influential member of the CPM where he is the Secretary-General from 1947–present. CPM had been disbanned but it has re-emerged using a new name, which is DAP.
To prove to you that DAP is a communist party and supports Chin Peng, just watch this youtube.
The Government should accept Chin Pengs apology and allow him to return to Malaysia (1 of 2) uploaded by DAP video.
The Government should accept Chin Pengs apology and allow him to return to Malaysia (2 of 2) uploaded by DAP video.
5. Free and fair access to media
It is no secret that the Malaysian mainstream media fails to practice proportionate, fair and objective reporting for political parties of all divide. BERSIH 2.0 calls on the EC to press for all media agencies, especially state-funded media agencies such as Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM) and Bernama to allocate proportionate and objective coverage for all potlical parties.
I say : It is a well-known fact that the Jews control the world media. Read the links here, here and here.
The opposition in Malaysia had been free to have their own media. In fact, they had been in control of the alternative media via blogging ever since Anwar Ibrahim had been sacked from the Deputy Prime Minister position on 2nd September 1998 due to “doubts on his moral and personal integrity” in which resulted in the 2008 tsunami where 5 states had fallen into the hands of the opposition. Read more here.
Moreover, the opposition have their own publication in which they had been spreading vicious rumours against the government via Harakah daily, Suara Keadilan and Roketkini. Not to forget websites such as Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider.
6. Strengthen public institutions
Public institutions must act independently and impartially in upholding the rule of law and democracy. Public institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney-General, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC), Police and the EC must be reformed to act independently, uphold laws and protect human rights.
In particular, the EC must perform its constitutional duty to act independently and impartially so as to enjoy public confidence. The EC cannot continue to claim that they have no power to act, as the law provides for sufficient powers to institute a credible electoral system.
I say : The public institutions had been acting independent and impartial. However, the opposition is not satisfied because they want the public institutions to follow what they want.
Let's read the oppositions version of one case here. Let's read what the media has to say say about it.
And what's this about Teoh Beng Hock been sodomised and murdered??? And this is not to be told to others.
7. Stop corruption
Corruption is a disease that has infected every aspect of Malaysian life. BERSIH 2.0 and the rakyat demand for an end to all forms of corruption. Current efforts to eradicate corruption are mere tokens to appease public grouses. We demand that serious action is taken against ALL allegations of corruption, including vote buying.
I say : There is no vote buying. Besides, your vote is secret. How could BERSIH 2.0 demand for the end of corruption, when the leader for the Pakatan Rakyat is Anwar Ibrahim, a convicted criminal jailed for corruption and sodomy?
Read more about it here, here and here.
PAS are embroiled in the missing Memali fund and Kohilal.
You said you want to stop corruption but your leaders in DAP, PKR and PAS are all corrupt as well.
8. Stop dirty politics
Malaysians are tired of dirty politics that has been the main feature of the Malaysian political arena. We demand for all political parties and politicians to put an end to gutter politics. As citizens and voters, we are not interested in gutter politics; we are interested in policies that affect the nation.
I say : Politics are not dirty. There are only dirty politicians that have to be kicked out from the parties to ensure that the party is clean from money politics and corrupt politcians.
Berita Harian on the 22nd of June 2011 had disclosed about some quarters trying their best to destroy the Malay history and heritage of the Malay Muslims in Penang and read more here. Is that dirty politics?
Anwar Ibrahim who had been appointed as Pakatan Rakyat's leader is an ex con who had been jailed for corruption and sodomy. Isn't that dirty as well?