Archive for July 11th, 2019

Will Opposition MPs agree that the Constitution Amendment Bill to lower voting age should include an enabling clause to empower the Election Commission to redelineate electoral constituencies to end undemocratic and unfair gerrymandering and malapportionment of constituencies without having to wait for eight years?

Yesterday, I gave four examples where recklessness as to what is the truth have become a curse in post-14th General Election politics in Malaysia – PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s saying declaring assets is a communist, socialist concept that may have been dreamt up by the DAP; Tok Guru Nik Aziz’s son saying that the global kleptocrat Najib Razak is more popular than the former PAS spiritual leader; Anwar Ibrahim’s lesson to Hadi when pointing out that Umar Abdul Aziz, upon becoming the eighth Umayyad caliph, recorded the assets of his entire family in a show of transparency; and the fact that it was DAP who defended PAS in 1978 when the Kelantan government fell to Barisan Nasional, causing chaos within the state.

It is such recklessness to the truth which informed and guided UMNO and PAS Members of Parliament in Dewan Rakyat.

Today, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman re-tabled in Parliament the Constitution Amendment Bill to lower the voting age to 18, incorporating the Opposition’s two demands – automatic voter registration and the reduction of the minimum age to be a member of the Dewan Rakyat from 21 to 18.

I am particularly pleased, as I have been calling for the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 and automatic voters’ registration as far back as 48 years ago in Parliament in 1971.

However, it is a fallacy to think that once the 2019 Constitution Amendment Bill is passed by both Houses of Parliament, given the Royal Assent and gazetted, any Malaysian above 18 years would be able to cast his vote in any general election or by-election in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tickled by Annuar Musa’s teaser – why not Najib? Kit Siang lost elections but remains DAP adviser

I am quite tickled by the teaser from the UMNO Secretary-General Annuar Musa – Why not Najib? Kit Siang lost elections but remains DAP adviser!

It has only confirmed that Annuar Musa is not a very bright chap.

In defending Najib Abdul Razak’s appointment as chairperson of the BN advisory board, Annuar said the embattled former premier is very much an asset to the coalition.

He said although BN lost the 14th general election under Najib, it does not mean he does not have useful experience to share.

He said: “We have to remember that Lim Kit Siang has been DAP adviser for many years. How many times has DAP lost in the past 13 general elections? Lim stayed on as their adviser.

“So this is a non-issue. Just because someone has lost once, this doesn’t mean the person is disqualified from becoming an adviser.”

Clearly, it is asking too much to expect Annual Musa to have the IQ to understand that I had never led DAP to any electoral loss because I was a global kleptocrat, as was Najib’s case. Read the rest of this entry »

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