BN 2008 Manifesto unlawful – PM, DPM, Ministers, MBs/CMs can be disqualified

(Media Conference Statement (2) at DAP Ipoh Timur Ops Centre on Thursday 29th February 2008 at 1 pm)

The millions of copies of the unlawful Barisan Nasional 2008 General Election Manifesto on “Security, Peace, Prosperity” in various languages should be withdrawn immediately as having run afoul of the election law, and the election of all Barisan Nasional parliamentary and state assembly candidates, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers and Mentri-Mentri Besar in the 12th general election on 8th March 2008 could be declared null and void.

This is because the Barisan Nasional 2008 General Election Manifesto has not complied with the law requiring all printed material to carry the names of the printer and publisher.

The glossy, glitzy and very expensive Barisan Nasional 2008 General Election Manifesto in all languages only carried the publisher – “Published by Barisan Nasional headquarters, Level 8 Menara Dato Onn, Putra World Trade Centre, Jalan Tun Ismail 50480, Kuala Lumpur” but no printer is given in the manifesto!

If Opposition parties are guilty of such an infraction of the law, Opposition candidates would have been held to strict accountability.

Will the Barisan Nasional be held to strict accountability for their serious breach of the election law, and all their parliamentary and state assembly candidates disqualified unless the millions of copies of the Barisan Nasional 2008 General Election Manifesto are immediately withdrawn and replaced by a new printing which carries the identity of the printer as required by law?

This is again another test as to whether there is one law for the ordinary public but another law for the “powers-that-be” – making a total mockery of one of the five Rukunegara principles on “Upholding The Rule of Law” which is the important reason why Malaysia is rapidly losing our international competitiveness to other countries and falling behind one nation after another!

Print Friendly

  1. #1 by just n free on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 1:32 pm

    The millions of copies of the unlawful Barisan Nasional 2008 General Election Manifesto should be confiscated and shredded turn into recycled paper, can get some cash out of it.
    But in reality who can take the greaaat BN to court.
    EC will turn a blind eye or rather both.
    EC will say take BN to court.
    Letting us see such illegal General Election Manifesto is such an eyesore. Have to cover our eyes each time we see such material!

  2. #2 by k1980 on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 5:38 pm

    This bugger is going to lose everything, including his trousers. That’s why he’s holding onto them so tightly

  3. #3 by Democrats on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 6:57 pm

    I love Election time…..

    Suddenly, all the ministers and bigshots all rubbing shoulders with the people. Alot of complaints are being addressed quickly, and alot of feel good promises being made. Not to mention with freebies, goodies and extra allocation like Chinese and Tamil Schools, road repairs, etc….

    And the thick newspapers which used to have a small section of humor at the entertainment section is now filled with jokes, sarcasm and petty quarrels of grown men and women from front cover to the page 30!.

    I think election should be held every two years or yearly, then the politicians will really have the be “man/woman of the people, by the people and for the people…..”

  4. #4 by blablowbla on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 9:41 pm

    yes,nobody is above the law!(except BN goons),
    yes,every printing must endorse the printer’s info!(except BN goons),
    yes,all malays nomatter how stupid must complete form 5(except chinese,indian and singh!)
    yes,no illegal hawkers are allowed!(except malay and mamak!),
    yes,malay milionaires still entitle for property discount!(except 2nd,3rd and 4th class citizens!),
    yes,important ministerial posts only for malays!(no exception!),
    yes,university’s VC must be Malay,nomatter how racist he is!(no compromise!)

  5. #5 by undergrad2 on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 11:34 pm

    “On a visit to Penang three weeks ago, he said: ‘You can say I am not good enough. You can say whatever, but don’t say that I don’t work. I work very hard. I mean it and you know it.’” Abdullah Badawi

    This is the true measure of the man – his own assessment of himself.

    He thinks working hard and watching the clock and putting long hours is all it takes to be a leader! I think he is the kind of guy a leader would need to do the paperwork. Doesn’t he realize that he is not the Chief Secretary to the Government but the head of the executive branch, not a civil servant, nor a diplomat but the Prime Minister to whom Malaysians look for leadership??

  6. #6 by undergrad2 on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 11:42 pm

    “His convoy involved more than 30 cars, not counting two ambulances, a handful of motorcycles bearing party flags, and vehicles ferrying the 20 pressmen that follow him everywhere.”

    A flagrant abuse of resources which rightly belong to the people to campaign for the party?? Aren’t Ministers ministers in name only until the election is over?

    I’m assuming, of course, those “30 cars and a handful of motorcycles” are not government property since they bore BN flags.

  7. #7 by One4All4One on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 12:29 am

    “Security, Peace ,Prosperity” The promise in the BN manifesto.
    Well..Security..what security can you get when you don’t even feel safe to go out alone these have to hold your kids, else they may get stolen or lost! Lots of break-ins…when the police is not doing their job in the proper sense of the word…they are no guardian of security of what-you-know..

    Peace…what peace when discrimination still exists…positive discrimination…no eqality..can the BN-led government guanrantee and practise EQUALITY? NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES? Prove it by practising TRUE meritocracy..Who leads the GLCS? Who are the heads of government depts? Who are the VCs of public institutions of higher learning? Can the government do away with Bumi-this, Bumi-that? Aren’t we are all suppose to be MALAYSIANS? Islam says all are equal before God, but people say some are more equal than others..and to call one a true practitioner of a religion, there should not be any form of discriminations..if one is true to oneself and to religion..else it is just hypocrisy..

    Prosperity….who is really prosperous? The big-wigs, the well-connected, the corrupted, the litle-napoleons ( who can get away with the laws even if they broke them) , the bad and the ugly..

    The situation does not favour the commoner…the rich gets richer..the poor gets chance for you poor folks!

    THAT is the reason why we need a voice for the commoners….we need someone outside of the BN who can speak for us…

  8. #8 by One4All4One on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 12:44 am

    Officially when the august house of Parliament is dissolved, the government is in “care-taker” mode. That is we have a care-taker government now.

    Candidates, specifically those from the care-taker government are advised NOT to use government property while on their campaign rounds…Are those who are found to use the said properties considered to have broken any rules/laws? Can they be charged with any laws which may have have been drawn up by the Election Commission? Where do those government-backed candidates get their funds from? Are they using public funds? Who is monitoring all these matters? They are officially not in office..they are not suppose to touch public funds..

    Public places belong to ALL MALAYSIANS…no one has more right to them than others…if government-backed candidates can utilise, why are non-government candidates not allowed to use them? Isn’t this a clear case of discrimination?

    Poor opposotion candidates have to fork out their own money or to ask for donations from the public/sympatisers…

  9. #9 by AsIseeit on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 1:47 am

    What the Opposition can do is to sue the BN for what it has done after the election. Make sure you have proof.

  10. #10 by ReformMalaysia on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 8:10 pm

    “”One4All4One Says:
    Officially when the august house of Parliament is dissolved, the government is in “care-taker” mode. That is we have a care-taker government now””

    also means that ‘ VOTING FOR BN IS NOT VOTING FOR THE GOVERNMENT..they are just a candidates in election, no difference from VOTING FOR DAP , PKR , PAS.

    only after the contesting party won, then they can form the government, and called government…

    so from 13/2/08 until 8/3/08 , there is no government or opposition, only election candidates

    using RTM to spread BARISAN NASIONAL PROPAGANDA is tantamount to using the RAKYAT’S property illegimately.


    .Maybe in the future, the Election Commission should be take the role of ‘CARETAKER GOVERNMENT’.

  11. #11 by badak on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 10:29 pm

    This UMNO led BN goverment just made me sick..All the main stream papers and TV station ..All shouting what can the opposition do.


  12. #12 by limkamput on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 1:30 am

    Don’t think it has anything to do with wording etc. I believe the moderating ‘mechanism’ is malfunctioning.

    No no no JOng is right, you just have to change some words. I think the software is programmed to look out for certain words – you know what. So long as you avoid those words or like what Jong did, then it is ok.

  13. #13 by k1980 on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 8:42 am

    How come no action taken after 10 years of making a police report?

  14. #14 by allasstra on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 9:23 am

    wow,so much posts here…still didnt understand wat’s the fuss about this election.

    “pen is only mightier than the sword,when those who weilds the sword,…are literated”

    and why do i have to register just to leave a comment here,doesnt
    that makes this site less pro-freedom ?

  15. #15 by One4All4One on Monday, 3 March 2008 - 12:13 am

    Last nite’s rally at USJ12 Subang Jaya was fantastic!!!!!!!!!Beyond my wildest dreams..People who were there have ONE important thing to do…mark the correct,correct,correct box on the 8th!!

  16. #16 by One4All4One on Monday, 3 March 2008 - 12:16 am

    Let’s do Pak Lah a favour…let him have a good rest after 8th..he dose not have to report for work anymore…for good

  17. #17 by One4All4One on Monday, 3 March 2008 - 12:21 am

    Pak Lah inherited a legacy from Dr M..a legacy which he hoped he never would have to bear. But Pak Lah was at the wrong place at the wrong time..From my observation, towards the end of Dr M’s tenure as PM, UMNOism is at its ugliest..and Pak LAh inherited the burden of juggling the many faults and weaknesses…of the Malay Dilemma..

  18. #18 by One4All4One on Monday, 3 March 2008 - 12:29 am

    Pak Lah has to be strong AND has to act strong. Else the malays would lose direction. UMNO was in tatters, Pak Lah had to mend fences..inter-racial relation was at its weakest..caused by the divide and rule policy of UMNO leadership..who always suppress the other component parties in the BN. What good to stay with BN then…the Opposition is in more comfortable position. They feel relaxed…and not burdened to stay in the BN pact and try to please BIG-Brother (UMNO) all the time…BB cannot stand being sidelined / made to feel small…they r the TUAN…always taller than the rest even if they underachieved…that sucks!

  19. #19 by Luther on Tuesday, 4 March 2008 - 1:01 am


  20. #20 by Luther on Tuesday, 4 March 2008 - 1:04 am

    We have ISA to gov the peace and security so why still peace ,security other than threatenning,
    we have prosperity but robbed by BN and lacking of FDI because so why talk about prosper,
    vote BN out and give opposition a 5 year term for peace security and prosperity otherwise 4 years later we still can give BN another chance.

  21. #21 by AhStone on Thursday, 6 March 2008 - 12:05 am

    BN should never be given another chance as they have been arrogant and treating us like dogs. in Bandar Utama we have been asking for a police station since 1998 but we have not been able to get it until this monday they told us that they will allocate the land for the police station when we have already our own security scheme in our neighbourhood. is this what they call “development”? when election is around the corner, then only they start making change? when we don’t vote for them = no development. when we vote for them still = no development. enough of all these bulls and lies. they are litterally blackmailing us that unless we vote them we get development and even when we vote them they don’t do anything. to hell with BN

You must be logged in to post a comment.