Kit Siang accepts polls results, but questions 30 seats affecting BN’s legitimacy

By Ida Lim
The Malaysian Insider
May 08, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today said he accepted last Sunday’s polls result where Barisan Nasional (BN) won the contest to be the federal government, saying he was only questioning 30 federal seats which could affect the coalition’s legitimacy.

“By and large, I accept the elections result, but 30 seats – the electoral fraud, electoral abuse, electoral irregularities – if these are proved, then they have to be corrected.

“And if they are corrected and Najib loses these 30 seats, he doesn’t have majority to be prime minister,” the DAP advisor said at a press conference at the party’s headquarter.

Yesterday, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim similarly noted that the results in some 30 federal constituencies were in doubt, thus affecting the legitimacy of the BN government that was formed with just 133 seats, 21 seats more than the 112 seats required to win a simple majority.

Anwar, who leads the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), had taken a stronger approach yesterday by refusing to recognise the polls result, having highlighted the Election Commission (EC)’s failure to implement polls watchdog Bersih’s eight demands for a free and fair election.

“In fact, the EC could not even implement a simple use of indelible ink and the chairman fumbled miserably to provide a logical explanation for the failure,” said Anwar.

“It is therefore a dictate of our conscience to reject the election result until it is rectified and a reasonable justification is provided by the EC,” he said yesterday.

Bersih has similarly refused to recognise the BN government until it verified reports of possible electoral.

But Lim today appeared to be unaware that Anwar had chosen not to accept the results.

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Najib was very smug on election night as if he knew in advance he will win. Win he did but nevertheless he faced an unexpected tsunami which now puts him in a very difficult and unstable position.

    It is now very obvious that he’s been cornered by his enemies within and outside UMNO and he’s trying very hard to find his feet in this uncertain and volatile time.

    It could be that he is out-of-control of the situation now as he tries to form a stable Cabinet but many of his friends and supporters are now gone and he does not have many choices of candidates. Can he bring the lost ones back through the backdoor ? What about the new warlords and power brokers ? And the many in the background who are looking well beyond his perhaps short-reign at the top ?

    Many of his partners in the BN are gone or are on their death beds – MCA, MIC, PPP, SUPP, UPKO, Gerakan…. and even the weakened and fractured UMNO.

    What’s he got left? The wolves are at his doors. Brutus too. He’s is now a big liability.

    Is he still in control ? Can he count on Rosmah ?

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 8:17 pm

    LDP too is gone as well as some UMNO affiliates like PERKASA. Will those that still remain in BN now rethink their membership and decide to abandon ship ?

    The R-A-H-M-A-N prophesy might soon come true. Some may say if Najib leaves, UMNO will still rule the country through Muhyiddin (yech!) and the prophesy will therefore not be fulfilled.

    But it is how you view and interpret the RAHMAN prophesy.

    I might interpret it as the Alliance / BN coalition ruling the country during this period but when we reach the N, the Alliance / BN co-operation breaks up and maybe only one party will then rule – UMNO.

    Yes. The BN could very well disintegrate very soon as members leave the coalition and strike it out on their own or even join Pakatan.

    It is not a far fetched idea for Anwar and PR to invite current non-UMNO parties in BN to cross over to their side. I am sure some will consider it very seriously. If it happens, then PR will rule – no need for another September 16 bullsyit. They will come willingly to form a new majority and a new government. Go ahead. Invite them nicely.

    RAHMAN means the end of the Alliance / BN partnership to make way for a new entity / government comprising of new members.

  3. #3 by on cheng on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Why got no stand by power like battery powered light or diesel standby generator,
    why vote boxes are not labelled or have signature of candidates on a label tag or label paper.
    The vote box look too simple, and can be duplicate (with full of dubious votes) when needed as it has no proper label !
    bn got less than 47.5% vote at parliament election
    and less than 43.5% vote at Perak state election, yet they win , where is the fairness ?

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 9:41 pm

    The election result has to be accepted NOT because its right BUT because WE ARE PATRIOTS.. The game was not fair, the result a traversty, but as PATRIOTS accept the challenge of a flawed nation, unreasonable challenge for those we care about. PATRIOTS do not bend from raising their standards even as their enemies continue to do so successfully because its we started it for a larger cause, larger principle. PATRIOTS believe that the things are worth fighting for even in defeat.

    It does not thing we accept defeat, it does not mean we accept things are right. It just mean the fight has to be done better, take a step back in order to launch again..

    Yes, it must be accepted BECAUSE we care and they don’t.

  5. #5 by worldpress on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 11:43 pm

    It could be over 35 seats are questionable legitimacy

    It is not difficult to manipulate in rural area…people there are easily threaten and manipulate

  6. #6 by on cheng on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 8:51 pm

    from the start, the seats are haphazardly organized, putrajaya 15770 voters, Kapar 144,150 voters, ratio 1 to 9+, what kind of fairness is this ? most seat in sabah/sarawk hv less than 25,000 voters, whereas many seats in peninsular hv more than 75,000 voters (esp. selangor, penang, etc)
    knowing impossible to have equal voters number in each seat, but other countries which practice similar election system surely have no such high ratio !

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