Will Kajang by-election be the dirtiest or cleanest by-election in Malaysian history?


Will the forthcoming Kajang by-election in Selangor be the dirtiest or cleanest by-election in Malaysian history?

It has the capacity of being either depending on the role of the contending candidates, the two political coalitions of Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, and the supervising bodies like the Election Commission, the police, etc.

The Kajang by-election promises to be a by-election of many surprises.

The very holding of the Kajang by-election is itself a surprise – the first surprise.

A day after the surprise resignation of PKR State Assemblyman for Kajang Lee Chin Cheh on Jan. 27, the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council fully endorsed the candidature of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the candidate in the Kajang by-election as a major political move to position Selangor as the launching pad to Putrajaya in the 14GE.

The second surprise was the prompt and unashamed reflex action of the UMNO information chief, Datuk Ahmad Maslan and Deputy Finance Minister who announced that UMNO and Barisan Nasional will pull out all the stops to launch a character-assassination campaign against Anwar, even plumbing the depths of the sexual allegations against the Parliamentary Opposition Leader in the past one-and-a-half decade.

The third surprise was the Election Commission decision to create history by having the longest delay for the holding of a by-election, a 55-day vacancy for Kajang as nomination will be on a Tuesday on March 11 and polling on Sunday, March 23 – in contrast to the Kuala Besut by-election which was held 28 days after the assemblyman Abdul Rahman Mokhtar died and the Sungai Limau by-election, 39 days after Azizan Abdul Razak died.

Nobody would believe that such “generosity” of time before the Kajang by-election is held is the result of a belated conversion of the Election Commission to the view that there should be adequate time for an election campaign to be held so that a free, fair and clean elections could be held – and not because of a clear signal from UMNO/BN to allow maximum delay before the Kajang by-election is held to give time for differences and dissension, whether in PKR and Pakatan Rakyat or outside, on the staging of a Kajang by-election to be fully played out to the detriment of Anwar’s candidature.

The timing of the Nomination Day on Tuesday March 11 cannot be unrelated to the official opening of the second session of the 13th Parliament on March 10 by the Yang di Pertuan Agong, and the beginning of the debate on the Royal Address on March 11.

Isn’t the timing aimed at sabotaging Anwar’s participation as the lead Pakatan Rakyat spokesman in the parliamentary debate on the Royal Address, which would start on March 11 itself? Or is this just a coincidence?

Meanwhile, the next 45 days till polling day on March 12 will give ample time for UMNO/BN to concoct an unprecedented list of “surprises” and “hits” against Anwar, PKR and PR – the chief objectives being to aggravate dissensions in PKR and divisiond in PR.

No one will be surprised if the Kajang by-election ends up as the dirtiest by-election in Malaysian history – the avalanche of money politics; the abuses of Federal government resources and machinery; the prostitution of Umno/BN-controlled media and their armies of cybertroopers; the depths of lies and falsehoods in a vicious campaign of personal attacks and character-assassination against Anwar, PKR and PR leaders; not to mention the reckless and irresponsible incitement of racial and religious hatred, conflict and tension to create fear of another May 13 in particular and racial chaos and religious conflagration in general.

But what will be the “surprise of surprises” is for the Kajang by-election to become the cleanest by-election in Malaysian electoral history, where there will be no corruption of money politics; no abuses of media and government machinery; no resort to personal attacks and character-assassination founded on lies and falsehoods and finally, no incitement of racial or religious hatred, conflict and disharmony with not a single raising of the spectre of May 13!

Pakatan Rakyat is fully committed to make the Kajang by-election the cleanest by-election in Malaysian electoral history. But this is only possible if there is similar commitment and resolve by UMNO/BN, with the full support of the Election Commission and the Police.

I suggest that Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat immediately appoint representatives to a Joint Committee to Ensure Kajang By-election Cleanest in History with the specific mandate to ensure that the Kajang by-election will be the cleanest, and not the dirtiest, by-election in history.

Is the Umno/Barisan Nasional Chairman, Datuk Seri Najib Razak prepared to respond promptly and positively to this proposal?

The Kajang by-election will be a great test for Anwar, PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. Let Pakatan Rakyat at all levels of leadership and activists among the three component parties of PKR, PAS and DAP show the greatest unity and discipline in the Battle for the Kajang by-election to fight as one solid unit – for Anwar must not only win in the Kajang by-election, but win with a bigger majority than obtained by Lee Chin Cheh in the 13GE, to pave the way for change and Putrajaya in the 14 GE.

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  1. #1 by boh-liao on Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Y Lee CC chosen 2 b d sacrificial lamb
    WHAT sweetened carrots did he get 4 dis
    No need d badminton kaki 2 stand against AI, just a secret weapon like um mee will do lah

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 10:43 pm

    Will the Scorpion not sting the tortoise carrying it even though it will drown them both? Asking UMNO not to be dirty in the Kajang election is like asking the Scorpion not to sting.. As the Scorpion said ‘its their nature’.

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Friday, 7 February 2014 - 12:59 am

    They have to call for a submission by a crony to supply the ‘inedible’ ink on a direct negotiation basis. They haven’t identified the lucky crony yet as there is a mad scramble for the lucrative contract.

    Then they have to test whether the ink is edible or inedible through the ‘finger licking good’ test followed by the soap test. Then they may need a fatwa or two to ensure everything is OK for consumption. Then there is the test run to ensure the ink is smeared or inserted at the right place in case there is another sodomy court case and a DNA sample is required by the Attorney General, the police and the yet to be appointed victim. Then they have to safe-keep the ink at the police station or in Kajang prison under lock and key to prevent them being stolen and used in the famous Kajang satay sauce.

    So you see, big headache for the EC. That’s why they fixed the polling date as 23rd March when many people will be enjoying their school holidays or something.

    Besides, the coming sex tape (Episode III) involving Mr A (again) won’t be ready till March 10. Dato T’s Production company is currently hurriedly casting for Mr A’s look alike and a few potential actresses in Songkla. And TV3 has cancelled all CNY holidays and recalled their staff urgently to brainstorm for new mud-slinging and slandering strategies. Busy time ahead. March 23 looks like an OK date for the kill.

  4. #4 by Noble House on Friday, 7 February 2014 - 5:49 am

    Much have been speculated on Anwar’s “Kajang Move” but that one question that keeps evading most is “Why would Anwar wants to put himself in the line of fire”?

    A hideous effort is underway to put Selangor under siege from Umno’s extremists with increasing gusto by creating racial and religious conflicts which, in all likelihood, MB Khalid may not have a ready answer for it. The Pakatan led Selangor state government being a sitting duck could only stand by the side to helplessly watch the unfolding of these heartbreaking dramas unless there is someone like Anwar to take on the conspirators.

    Make no mistake about it, the recent event is the beginning of a concerted effort to undermine the Selangor state government in a conspiracy built on race and religion to restore the political supremacy of UMNO Baru. It will not stop with YB Teresa Kok for sure.

    I may still have my doubts with Anwar but I know I can place my trust with Kit from his support of this move.

  5. #5 by bruno on Friday, 7 February 2014 - 7:42 am

    No matter how dirty the by election is,Umno/BN will lick the dust off the boots of whoever is the opposition’s candidate is.It can also be the family dog or cat.

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