TV3 and other TV station should cancel live coverage of Najib’s presentation of BN Manifesto tonight unless similar facililities are also extended to Pakatan Rakyat election manifesto

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will unveil the Barisan Nasional (BN) election manifesto in a speech at 8.30 pm tonight, which is to be broadcast live by TV3 and other TV stations.

This is a gross abuse of power and the latest in the long list of violations of the Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M)’s Election Integrity Pledge to conduct free, fair and clean elections which Najib signed with such fanfare some 45 days ago.

If the Barisan Nasional election manifesto is to be given live coverage over TV3 and other TV stations, similar facilities should also be extended to the Pakatan Rakyat’s election manifesto.

TV3 and other TV stations should cancel the live coverage of Najib’s presentation of BN Manifesto tonight unless they are prepared to offer similar facilities to the Pakatan Rakyat election manifesto.

Otherwise, this is the latest vindication as to why substantial sections of the Malaysian population have grave doubts that the general elections will provide a level playing field for competing political parties and candidates to compete for voter support in the 13GE and which is the cause for the mammoth Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0 rallies in support of free, fair and clean elections.

It is becoming evident that caretaker Prime Minister Najib is not prepared to abide by the conventions of a caretaker government after the dissolution of Parliament which prohibits the making of major policy decisions or entering into major contracts which tie the hands of the new government being elected.

Najib’s announcement yesterday of three major projects in Cyberjaya totalling about RM8 billion – RM6 billion Cyberjaya city centre, a RM600 million environmental-friendly mosque and a RM1.02 billion mixed development project – during his tenure as caretaker Prime Minister must therefore be deplored in the strongest possible terms, as it is most unethical and a gross violation of the TI-M Election Integrity Pledge.

Under Bersih’s guidelines for a caretaker government, the caretaker Prime Minister is barred from activities like “lay foundation stones etc., of projects or schemes of any kind; or make any new promises of construction of infrastructure or the carrying out of public projects”.

The guidelines are adopted from the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom, the Australian Capital Territory, the Election Commission of India, and the Inter Parliamentary Union, the last which Malaysia is a member of.

Najib should explain whether he is bound by caretaker government conventions and principles or whether he is of the view that he is not constrained in any manner as caretaker Prime Minister despite the dissolution of Parliament from making major policy decisions or to enter into major contracts committing the next government of Malaysia.

(Media Conference Statement in Batu Pahat on Saturday, 6th April 2013 at 11am)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 5:36 pm

    You know those bullies making comotion at Anwar’s and othe PR ceramah? THIS is their smiling-face version witb their even-more disgusting behaviour paid for by the Rakyat… Why would he not be smiling face while being disgusting?

  2. #2 by rahmanwang on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 6:03 pm

    Saudara Kit Siang,
    Why ask TV3 & other stations controlled by BN to give you air time?
    First of all many malaysians do not watch malaysian tv anymore.
    Secondly even the ones who watch will take it with a pinch of salt.
    What do you think? Malaysians are smart already.
    We know what is rubbish (BN) and what isn’t (PR)

  3. #3 by worldpress on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Use your personal power tell everyone UBAH UBAH UBAH

  4. #4 by chengho on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 7:32 pm

    mainstream tv audience , tv 3 being the largest , going to be 15 million , all BN supporter
    Vote BN
    will see via Net

  5. #5 by Winston on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 8:55 pm

    They can pledge anything so long as they can remain in power.
    They can even pledge their mothers as collateral if they can hold on to power.
    That’s how desperate they really are.
    Such things shouldn’t fool anyone!
    After fifty-six years of such foolery, haven’t Malaysians caught up with it?

  6. #6 by chengho on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Fantastic speech by Najib , you don’t believe that is your problem being chauvinist and prejudice

  7. #7 by highhand on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 11:06 pm

    in their doa recital you are branded as traitors, amen

  8. #8 by worldpress on Saturday, 6 April 2013 - 11:26 pm

    If he is not being honest then he is talking bullshit to millions people.

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 1:39 am

    Who is going to stop them ? Rais ? Hishamuddin ? Who ?

  10. #10 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 1:41 am

    In 1Malaysia, you can fool many people all the time.

  11. #11 by chengho on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 7:02 am

    Rakyat will vote for BN
    a few people here , mostly retired , just making a noise

  12. #12 by monsterball on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 9:19 am

    TVs and newspapers are all controlled by the government.
    PR politicians should stop dreaming to get fair share of coverage.
    All are programmed to control minds…with half truths and one sided arguments.
    There are enough smart and strong minded Malaysians…young ..middle age and old….all know this….thus fooling Malaysians are not so easy nowadays by these medias.
    It’s back to giving out billions by Santa Clause…a trick using money…that Najib has the only idea left..repeated again and again.

  13. #13 by monsterball on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 9:20 am

    Chengho is making sweet nothing noises…insulting few.

  14. #14 by cseng on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 11:08 am

    Manisfesto is done, marketing done, now can we have the equal length of air time for poster boy najib to debate and defend his manisfesto? Debate with anwar, if so takut anwar, give you some handicape, debate with his daughter, no?… if you confident to win 2/3 this debaye could give you 3/3.

  15. #15 by kg on Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 12:53 pm

    chengho is blindly ignoring the facts that PR is capable of installing dual party system in Malaysia. He choose to ignore that more than 50% of Malaysians voted for PR in 2008, and even more voters will vote for PR in GE13.

    Wake up from your Ming Dynasty dream chengho.

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