Newly registered Malaysian voters should unanimously reject the return to ‘Mahathirism’ and end 55 years of cronyism, corruption and abuse of power under the BN

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s recent statements that the ‘Chinese are the kingmakers’ in GE13 and that ‘GE13 will be about race’ shows that he and the BN are increasingly afraid that a majority of the 3 million newly registered voters will cast a decisive vote against the BN and end 55 years of cronyism, corruption and abuse of power under the BN.

Increasingly, we are seeing a new generation of Malaysians who are rising up to reject the old style politics of the Mahathir era. We saw this in the Reformasi movement in 1998. We saw this in the GE 2008 political tsunami which swept away the BN governments in the states of Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor as well as 2/3rds control of the parliament.

We saw this in the first Bersih public rally on the 10th of November, 2007. We saw this in Bersih 2.0 on the 9th of July, 2011. And we saw this most recently on the 28th of April 2012 when hundreds of thousands of Malaysians of all races, backgrounds and age groups flooded the streets around Dataran Merdeka to demand for free and fair elections.

The success of the Bersih 3.0 rally coupled with the disgraceful acts of police brutality on the participants has shaken Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s confidence in calling for an election before July despite his supposed confidence that the BN would win in all 13 states and in the Federal Territories.

This historic demonstration has also no doubt caused Dr. Mahathir some discomfort in fearing that the BN would lose control of Putrajaya in the next general election. This would explain his recent attempts at trying to revive the old style divide and conquer politics of ‘Mahathirism’ in evoking old , tired and irrelevant images of racial conflict while the political reality is that all Malaysians – young and old; male and female; Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans and Kadazans; Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs – are uniting on various fronts and for various causes – for free and fair elections, against corruption, to promote public safety, to protect and safeguard the environment.

There are almost three million newly registered voters on the electoral roll since the 2008 general elections. Many of these voters have been motivated to register because of the possibility of political change in the next general election. They comprise almost a quarter of the 13 million voters in the current electoral roll. Approximately 60% of these voters are below the age of 60.

If 60% of these newly registered voters cast a vote against the BN government, Pakatan Rakyat would win as many as 100 parliament seats, assuming that 2008 voting patterns prevail. If 65% of these newly registered voters cast a vote against the BN government, PR would win as many as 110 seats, just 2 short of an overall majority. If 70% of these voters cast a vote against the BN, it would deliver 123 parliament seats to PR, enough to form a new government in Putrajaya.

This is the nightmare scenario for Dr. Mahathir and the BN – that the newly-registered and newly-mobilized voters will swing their support towards Pakatan Rakyat because they want to end 55 years of corruption, cronyism and abuse of power under the BN.

The role of these newly-registered in the next general election is even more significant because of presence of the many phantom voters which have been put on the electoral roll in what is expected to be the dirtiest elections in Malaysian history.

I call upon these three million voters to lead the charge on behalf of all Malaysians to cast their vote for a free and fair election, to cast a vote against the old divide-and-rule politics of ‘Mahathirism’, to cast a vote for change and for a brighter future in and for Malaysia, and to end 55 years of cronyism, corruption and abuse of power under the BN.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 7:32 am

    A Malaysian Spring through the ballot box is in the making!

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 8:06 am

    These numbers are VERY compelling.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand how Mahathir can support Najib to delay the GE and not get rid of him..The numbers simply just gets worst for BN- AND Najib has used up much of the bullets in his arsenal..

  3. #3 by Winston on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 8:16 am

    Make the next GE a Malaysian Spring Cleaning.
    Sweep out all the rubbish that has been infesting this country for five over decades.

  4. #4 by Comrade on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 8:43 am

    A long overdue Malaysian Spring
    Possible through the next election process
    A better alternative govt it will bring
    To spearhead the nation to greater success

    Vote ABU

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 9:43 am

    When I saw the headlines, I nearly fell out of my chair because I thought he meant financially and economically…It just show you what a freaking pipedream Najib sells..

  6. #6 by Jong on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 11:45 am

    Yeah, like a ‘ting-ting man’ selling rojak! LOL!!!

  7. #7 by drngsc on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 11:59 am

    All voters please, young and old. Please let us vote out this bunch of corrupt, racist BN and cronies. After 55 years, enough is enough. You are corrupting us and bankrupting us.
    For the good for the future Malaysia, LET US VOTE THESE BUNCH OUT. Anything but UMNO, Anyone but BN.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is coming. If there are no significant electoral reforms, first to Bersih 4.0 ( I hope that we have a Bersih 4.0 ), then to GE 13, then to Putrajaya.

    Change we must. Change we can. Change we will. Change through the ballot bao.

  8. #8 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Najib announced Malaysian per capita GNI is USD9,700 or RM30,700!

    Is this a piece of creative accounting a’ la ETP? Ask around, visit the kedai makan, talk to the sales representatives in the malls and stores nationwide, scoot around with the Mat Rempits and the messenger boys, yes, even the Pizza Hut delivery and McD delivery boys will tell you tghat they can’t even smell that figure after working at two jobs over a 16-hour day or thereabouts!

    Hello najib, Economic Transformasi Apo ni?

  9. #9 by monsterball on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 1:39 pm

    What Mahathir is avoiding to say it directly is that race and religion politics cannot work.
    Malaysians especially the new voters cannot be easily fooled.
    All the laws protecting the corrupted lot….including himself cannot be swept under the carpet anymore.
    Although the one sided laws are on their sides, Malaysians are not impressed by the many unsolved cases.
    And many more but first and foremost on the list…. is that the vast majority of the 2 million young new voters from all races want change of Govt.
    Bersih is clean and Bersih walkers labelled as trouble makers, gangsters, unpatriotic people accused by UMNO b ministers and Mahathir with few lap dogs have insulted millions of Malaysians watching the event,
    Mahathir can keep twisting with his double headed snake personality.
    The fact that Najib keep stalling the 13th GE is obvious and the longer he delays, the more Malaysians are united and want…. change of Govt.

  10. #10 by Godfather on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 2:01 pm

    That’s what Special Branch is telling Najib – the new generation of voters is unpredictable, and could vote against BN given the trends worldwide against incumbent governments. This is why Najib is so scared to call for elections now. He’s hoping for some miracle between now and March 2013 to enable him to hang on to his position.

  11. #11 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 10:45 pm

    Najib will be the last BN Prime Minister if the Mayan calendar end time, Dec. 21, 2012, comes true and GE13 does not take place by then.

  12. #12 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 7:53 am

    French police search Nicolas Sarkozy home and office:

    Would the Malaysian police search Tun Dr. Mahathir’s home and office for evidence of wrongdoing?

  13. #13 by monsterball on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Majority new young Malaysian voters going for change.
    UMNO b is scrabbling for bits here bits there to make up 35% and win by 51% again through cheating with votes.
    They did that at 12th GE and hope to repeat the performance.
    Under Najib the 35% reduced to the most 27% and majority are Muslims.
    But we keep on reading he still have 61% majority.
    Who on earth having 61% support will keep on delaying the 13th GE…except Najib.
    He must be reminded he is an APPOINTED PM…never been elected by voters at all.
    Dignity and doing the right things all ignored.
    It’s saving own neck and his corrupted lot matters most….but ordinary Malaysians are not bothered with that.
    They want change.
    What will Najib plan to do…creating havoc?
    That also anticipated in advanced.
    Najib is a gone case delaying the ultimate result of 13th GE… less.
    For the first time….People Power is in control.

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