Without iron-clad assurances of meaningful electoral reforms in time for 13GE, a PSC is neither useful nor acceptable

In less than 24 hours, the country appears to be back to square one on electoral reforms despite the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s announcement of a parliamentary select committee.

Firstly, the swift contradiction by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin that there is any real problem with the electoral system and that only some minor tweaks are required.

In one swift blow, Muhyiddin has vindicated the wariness, doubts and reservations in the responses to Najib’s announcement of a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms whether it is a sincere and genuine effort to address electoral flaws and defects to ensure free, fair and clean elections or merely a diversionary tactic and stone-walling operation.

Secondly, the time-line spelt out by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz making clear that the parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms could well be an academic exercise if Parliament is dissolved before it could complete its report and its recommendations accepted and implemented as part of the electoral laws of the land.

Without iron-clad assurances of meaningful electoral reforms in time for 13th general elections, the proposal of a parliamentary select committee is neither useful nor acceptable.

When announcing the parliamentary select committee, Najib said that “when the next general election is held, there will be no suspicion of manipulation”.

If this is the case, then the Prime Minister must give a categorical assurance that there would be meaningful electoral reforms when the next general elections are held.

This is all the more imperative in view of his irresponsible language of “crushed bodies, lives lost” at the UMNO General Assembly last year calling on Umno to defend power at any cost in Putrajaya and his equally irresponsible speech earlier this year to UMNO to recapture Selangor “at all costs”.

With or without a parliamentary select committee, there are electoral flaws and defects that cannot wait – like the cleaning up of the electoral rolls, efficient registration of eligible voters, registering overseas Malaysians as voters and stopping the treasonous activities of registering foreigners as voters.

If the proposal of parliamentary select committee is not meant as a diversionary tactics – and there is not going to be any emergency Parliament to immediately set up the committee – there should be an immediate high-level meeting involving all the stakeholders including Bersih 2.0 to agree on the minimal areas where immediate action must be taken to address and resolve serious allegations of major electoral flaws and defects.

  1. #1 by dagen on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Fair and free election is a fundamental and inalienable right of the people.

    So umno, dont, and never ever play with people’s right.

    Come doggy, come here. Have some rambutan. Good boy.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I say it again, the issue really is the entire electoral process credibility is already decimated. The issue really is that this nation is in clear and present danger of unprecedented chaos with a tightly fought election.

    Talk of reform, aside from the fact Najib’s administration, from day 1, is but a PR exercise, is simply unrealistic and largely diversionary of the impending chaos that at its root is UMNO/BN responsbility and fault but hard to pin it with..

  3. #3 by woong-sin on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 3:56 pm

    if those frauds are not eradicated, the stakeholders should seriously think of boycotting the next election.

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 5:24 pm

    UmnoB shouted: We r bersih 1, electoral process also fair 1 what
    MCA, Gerakan, MIC, etc too shouted: Ya lor, bersih 1, very fair 1 mah
    But d dirty tak bersih truth is out
    Abuse of postal votes 邮寄选票舞弊, 卑鄙及肮脏手段, 大马政府欺骗人民, 騙子政客

  5. #5 by monsterball on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 5:25 pm

    First they give Malaysians good news.
    Then the back off what they promised.
    Another 4 military ex officers confessed they were ordered to mark thousands of false votes.
    And concerning Anwar’s sodomy 2 case…Najib..Rosmah and ex IGP refused to be questioned.
    How clear..UMNO B is a crooked corrupted to the core government.
    A clean government will willingly testify and keep their promises to clean up electoral rolls.
    So much have been exposed on frauds in election….yet Najib will not do one right thing in the month of Ramadan.
    These crooks keep on lying and fooling Malaysians.
    They are hypocrites of the highest order.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, must learn to be patient to wait for his turn to be the PM. Having sabotaged Najib’s 1Malaysia, he must not now sabotage Najib’s electoral reforms.

  7. #7 by Godfather on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 6:35 pm

    What can a parliamentary select committee do ? What have such committees done in the past ? Even Felda, which is subject to parliamentary oversight, can go out and borrow RM 6 billion, and refuse to tell the world what the funds are used for. It is telling that Mamakthir openly admits to having “some” hanky panky, but not “a lot” of hanky panky unlike Zimbabwe. What is the EC going to say now ?

  8. #8 by limkamput on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 6:56 pm

    Pakatan Rakyat must set conditions; otherwise this whole affair will be twisted into something else. We all know they are buying time and goodwill. The PSC on electoral reforms will be another Suhakam, MACC and TBH’s RCI. Demand these: 1. the opposition heads the PSC, 2. the PSC has the right to go through every name in the electoral rolls and 3. that the exercise must be completed before the next general election. Otherwise it is game over for PR. I think all of us must first ask why the government and EC have finally agreed to set up the PSC for electoral reforms. Because they know it is going to be another eunuch that will serve their public relation interest.

  9. #9 by asia on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 8:41 pm

    Don’t waste your time

    BN must step down first only you can get reform

    Anythings from BN is lie and lie to keep talking targeting delay wasting time

    Let’s go BERSIH 3 before GE13

  10. #10 by negarawan on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 8:45 pm

    UMNO is just employing dirty delay tactics as an excuse not to reform the election system before the coming GE. Implementing indelible ink is a low hanging fruit but it is obvious that UMNO is scared to do this as it will loose thousands of phantom votes. Bersih 3.0 is in order!

  11. #11 by asia on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Watch out PKR, you won 5 states because of Badawi fairer play

    This one coming GE he plan to cheat and rob you the 5 states with all the dirty tricks he can get

    Go BERSIH 3 before GE13 to save Malaysia

  12. #12 by Joshua on Thursday, 18 August 2011 - 5:57 am

    If some people can use C4 to accomplish some bad intention and get away with that, what do you expect to happen in GE13 with all the dirty tricks with the cohort of EC?

    So stay awake now.

    EC talks of law to be changed to improve the Electoral system. What a shhhit!!!

    You don’t need any new laws to do some good arithmetic at the counting centers to check on the discrepancies of the Ballot Papers Isssued in Parliament seats and state seats under them.

    Any doubt on the polling, no candidate should be declared winners at the nite of counting.

  13. #13 by monsterball on Thursday, 18 August 2011 - 9:55 am

    When a crook like EC is exposed….what do you expect the master crook do?
    Surely…to agree to this or that…to cool and calm angry Malaysians…avoiding them…taking to the roads and shame them again.
    The game is NOT OVER for Pakatan…even when the going is tough….they keep going and needing no advises from a smart braggart…who seems to tell others..to keep their votes open.. be undecided….and offering all sorts of bright ideas…to make Pakatan Rakyat…look not qualified to take over PutraJaya.
    Intentionally or not….this braggart is causing more harm than good.

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