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Is the Election Commission the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” policy marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and leading to the opening up of the country and economy?

Is the Election Commission the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” theme marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and leading to the opening up of the country and economy?

Malacca is in Phase 4 of the Covid-19 Pandemic National Recovery Plan and Sarawak is in Phase 3 of the Plan.
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Malacca and Sarawak general elections will be important forerunners of the 15th General Election to decide whether the Malaysian Dream has come to an end and there is no way for Malaysia to become a successful plural society and a world-class great nation

In my 57 years of political work, I have always regarded myself as first and foremost a Malaysian.

This has been distorted by my enemies to mean that I have sold out the Chinese or given up on my identity as a Chinese. They cannot be more wrong for one who regards himself as first and foremost as a Malaysian does not relinquish his ethnicity. I want everyone to regard himself or herself as a Malaysian first and foremost without relinquishing his or her ethnic identity and roots whether as a Chinese, Malay, Indian, Kadazan or Iban.
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Election Commission should draw up separate SOPs for the four phases of the NRP to demonstrate its is mindful of its duty to conduct free, fair and clean elections

From Monday, five more states currently under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will transition to the final Phase 4 for full re-opening, leaving Kelantan and Sarawak as the only states still in Phase 3.

Compared to Phase 3, Phase 4 has fewer restrictions for curtailing the spread of Covid-19, such as by allowing social functions such as wedding receptions to take place albeit with certain precautions still in place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malacca and Sarawak general elections must renew hopes of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and region, that the Malaysian Dream, though difficult and uphill, is not an impossible dream

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, I issued an Open Letter to DAP leaders, members and supporters in Malaysia and the Diaspora that the hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who wanted Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year believing that there is a possibility of wiping out the DAP or delivering a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who wanted to uphold the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) and delay elections.

I warned that the DAP faced the existential threat of either being wiped out or suffering a fatal blow to the DAP’s Malaysian Dream of building an united and prosperous multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country which is a world-class great nation in important fields of human endeavour after leveraging on the best values and virtues of the four great civilizations of the world.
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Formulation of Covid-19 SOPs for Malacca and Sarawak general elections should not be abused but should strike a proper balance between ensuring free, fair and clean election and preventing the spread of Covid-19 infections

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, the emergency in Sarawak was lifted and the Election Commission is set to conduct the 12th Sarawak state general election within 60 days.

Election Commission Secretary Ikmalrudin Ishak said that in accordance with Section 2(2) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021, the Sarawak state assembly is automatically dissolved when the emergency is lifted.

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The hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who want Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year and believe there is a possibility of wiping out DAP or deliver a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who want to uphold the CSR MOU and delay elections

The hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who want Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year and believe that there is a possibility of wiping out the DAP or deliver a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who want to uphold the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) and delay elections.

The hardliners argue that a devastating blow to DAP in Malacca and Sarawak will further the cause of the “race and religion” politics and rhetoric of the political parties in government which had toppled the 22-month Pakatan Harapan government in February 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri should stop making “motherhood statements” but act or explain why no action is being taken against two former Prime Ministers for violating the Health Ministry SOP for the Malacca general election

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should stop making “motherhood statements” but act or explain why no action is being taken against the two former Prime Ministers, Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin, for violating the Health Ministry SOP for the Malacca General Election banning physical election campaigns and “disguised” events.

Ismail Sabri has an alternative – admit that the Health Ministry SOP was not suitable and not well thought through and should be repealed and replaced by a more suitable one – the result of the consultation of the Health Ministry, Election Commission, the political parties and interested NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

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PKR fined RM10,000 for crowdless ceramah is height of idiocy

(Versi BM)

The RM 10,000 fine on PKR for the crowdless ceramah in Paya Rumput, Melaka last night is the height of idiocy in the Covid-19 pandemic for the forthcoming Malacca state general election.

I would have thought Malacca PKR should be commended for coming up with a very novel way of electioneering in the forthcoming general election in Malacca which takes into account the paramount consideration not to worsen the Covid-19 situation and yet further the objective of free, fair and clean election – but instead, there was a $10,000 fine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Ministry should not just give empty warnings but should punish the two former Prime Ministers, Najib and Muhyiddin for defying the ban on physical election activities in Malacca through “disguised” programmes or scrap the ban and invite Election Commission and all political parties on the SOPs that should be followed

The Health Ministry should not just give empty warnings but should punish the two former Prime Ministers, Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin, for flouting its ban against physical election campaigns in Malacca through various forms of “disguised” activities.

What is the use of the Health Ministry having officers in the state monitoring activities in Malacca towards the state election, if there is going to be a new form of Dua Darjat – one for the ruling parties and the other for the opposition? Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Ministry should produce SOPs for election for all the four phases of NRP and not just for one phase and ensure that there is no Dua Darjat in their implementation

The Health Ministry should produce standard operating procedures (SOPs) for election for all the four phases of the National Recovery Plan in Malaysia and ensure that there is no Dua Darjat in their implementation instead of arbitrarily banning all physical gatherings and social events related to the Malacca state general election from Oct 25 to Nov. 27.

While responsible Malaysians are mindful of the need to reduce the risk of new Covid-19 infections, the Covid-19 pandemic should not be an excuse to ban all physical gatherings and social events which comply with the SOPs. Read the rest of this entry »

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The best campaign theme for Pakatan Harapan in the Malacca general election is to ask the Malacca voters to restore the mandate for PH to rule Malacca state under Chief Minister Adly Zahari

The best campaign theme for Pakatan Harapan in the Malacca state general election is to ask the Malacca voters to restore the mandate for Pakatan Harapan to rule Malacca state under Chief Minister, Adly Zahari.

Pakatan Nasional Chief Muhydidin Yassin has announced that PN coalition will likely contest all 28 state seats in the upcoming Malacca polls.

Muhyiddin said he expected Umno would reject cooperation with his party, and Bersatu is prepared to face them in two, three, or four-cornered fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan must not lose the moral high ground to allow three of the “immoral Malacca quartet” to stand as Pakatan Harapan candidates in the Malacca state general election

(Versi BM)

For nearly two years, ever since the Sheraton Move conspiracy which toppled a democratically elected Pakatan Harapan government and snatched away the people’s mandate for the first time in Malaysian history, ushering in a backdoor, undemocratic and illegitimate government at the end of February 2020, a pall of immorality had been cast over Malaysian politics.

This is why the Malacca state general election of Nov. 20 has many significance and implications – one of which must be to restore and raise the moral tone of Malaysian politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri’s tweet “Nobody is above the law” reinforced confidence that the new Prime Minister will uphold the rule of law and good governance principles as well as brightened prospects of confidence-supply-reform agreement between the government and opposition

The new Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri’s tweet that “Nobody is above the law” reinforced confidence that the new Prime Minister will uphold the rule of law and good governance principles as well as brightened the prospects of a confidence-supply-reform agreement between the government and opposition.

Ismail’s tweet was in reply to DAP MP for Ipoh Barat, M.Kula Segaran and thanking the former Minister for his concern over the death of security guard, Thava Sagayam, who was assaulted at a condominium in Ipoh last December for refusing to allow the use of the condominium’s swimming pool, which was closed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let a new wave of the Malaysian Dream campaign begin from Sekinchan to re-inspire and rekindle the hope and vision of the present generations of Malaysians to restore the country to the status of a world-class great nation

(Tatal ke bawah untuk kenyataan versi BM)

Five years ago, on June 18, 2016, Pakatan Harapan lost badly in two parliamentary by-elections – one in Sungai Besar and the other in Kuala Kangsar.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate in Sungai Besar by-election, Azhar Abdul Shukor of Amanah lost by a majority of 9,191 votes while in Kuala Kangsar, Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Amanah lost by a majority of 6,969 votes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Most shocking that Hadi still opposes giving the right to vote to those above 18 years old when I had called for such a right to be given to 18 year-olds in Parliament fifty years ago

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I am thoroughly shocked that the PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang still opposes giving the right to vote to those above 18 years old when I had called for such a right in Parliament 50 years ago on Human Rights Day on 10th December 197l.

This means that when Hadi voted for the constitutional amendment in 2019 giving voting rights to Malaysians above 18 years old, it was not a genuine vote of support.

Supporting the delay in the implementation of the 2019 parliamentary unanimous vote for the constitutional amendment to give the right to vote to those above 18 years in the next general election, Hadi said voting needs maturity and that voters who are not mature will pick an immature government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia is already some fifty years behind the developed world – do we want to continue to regress and go backwards or are Malaysians to make another supreme effort for the country to become a world-class great nation?

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Malaysia is already some fifty years behind the developed world – do we want to continue to regress and go backwards or are Malaysians to make another supreme effort for the country to become a world-class great nation?

I first raised the issue of reducing the voting age to 18 years in Parliament fifty years ago on Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 1971.
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Abdullah Ghani Salleh should resign as Election Commission Chairman and give way to a new Chairman who can fulfil Parliament’s mandate to ensure Malaysians over the age of 18 can vote in the next general election

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Abdullah Ghani Salleh should resign as Election Commission Chairman and give way to a new Chairman who can fulfil Parliament’s mandate to ensure Malaysians over the age of 18 can vote in the next general election.

The Election Commission announcement yesterday that Malaysians between 18 – 21 years will likely not be able to vote in the next general election is a fundamental breach of Parliament’s mandate which unanimously amended the Constitution in July 2019 to allow Malaysians above 18 years to vote, as well to allow for automatic voter registration.
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A “all-of-government” and “whole of society” mentality and approach to the war against Covid-19 pandemic can only be predicated on a larger Malaysian vision recognising that Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-civilisational country and not land of one race, one language, one religion, one culture and one civilisation

The past nine months were depressing time for Malaysians who want Malaysia to take her rightful place in the international community of nations, building on the diversity of the nation of many races, languages, religions, cultures and civilisations to become a world top class nation in various fields of human endeavour.

Malaysia produced a political miracle in the 14th General Elections to end the national trajectory leading towards a kleptocracy, and the new Pakatan Harapan government laboured to break from the past abuses and misuses of power to build a New Malaysia based on the five Rukun Negara principles recognising that the diversities of race, language, religion, culture and civilisation were assets and not liabilities in the building of a modern, democratic, just and united Malaysian nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can the Perikatan Nasional parties rise above narrow politics of race and religion to have a larger Malaysian vision to be able to respond to the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s call and forge an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach and mindset to inspire national unity and single-mindedness in the war against Covid-19 epidemic?

(Tatal ke bawah untuk kenyataan versi BM)

We are in unprecedented times.

Five days have been wasted since the Yang di Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Malay Rulers rejected the advice of the Muhyiddin Cabinet to proclaim a state of emergency nine months after the Covid-19 epidemic and the Perikatan Nasional parties in government have yet to prove that they can rise above narrow politics of race and religion to have a larger Malaysian vision to be able to respond to the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s call and forge an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach and mindset to inspire national unity and single-mindedness in the war against Covid-19 epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin is now a weaker Prime Minister at the end of 2020 Sabah state general election than at the beginning two weeks ago

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It has been said that a week is a long time in politics, but Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasssin has found that two weeks is a longer time in politics.

Muhyiddin is now a weaker Prime Minister at the end of the 2020 Sabah state general election than at the beginning two weeks ago.

Muhyiddin asked the people of Sabah to make the Sabah state election a turning point towards a better future for Sabah.

He did not realize how prophetic he had been, for the Sabah state general election would definitely be a turning point for him as Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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