Ijok: A moral victory for PKR

 The Ijok official result by Malaysiakini

 PKR canvassers and Siva, Latifah, Aloysius and I @ SJKC Ijok @Pekan Ijok

Dirtiest “buy-election” in Malaysian history

Yes, it’s certainly a moral victory for PKR. I urge leaders, members and supporters of PKR and other opposition parties do not feel too sad over the defeat. Let us focus on the real battles – the impending general elections (25 Nov 2007 could be the big day. Mark my words.)Khalid managed to swing some 20 percent Chinese votes with the help of DAP. The swing would be higher if the local Chinese school was not given RM1 million as allocation by the BN camp as a blatant vote-buying effort. The number of Malay votes they lost to BN were insignificant in view of the fact that Ijok was under “maximum/total attack” by Umno. It appears to me that the Umno campaign was much more aggressive than than the MIC. Many have said that Indian voters in the estates were traditionally blind supporters of Barisan Nasional; It has not been easy to even campaign in the estates. I do not agree that PKR or Anwar have lost their ability to pull in the Malay votes. In this Ijok by-election, the party has gotten some 45% Malay support. I believe PKR has a hardcore Malay support of around 30% of the overall Malay population.

If you asked me, I would say that PKR loses Ijok with a slightly bigger majority because of the BTF tactics (Bribes, Threats and Frauds) employed by the shameless and ruthless BN camp.

Bribes

The BN started with a RM36 million development fund right before the nomination day through Selangor MB Khir Toyo. Another RM3.5 million was announced by DPM Najib to build 16 mosques and suraus. And then RM1 million for a Chinese school in Batang Berjuntai.

Voters were paid hard cash (RM200 a vote) and election workers and campaigners were rewarded generously. ( In Pekan Ijok where I spent my whole day canvassing together with other DAP leaders and supporters alongside with PKR members, one young Malay youth wearing a Pemuda BN T-shirt showed me a bundle of RM100 notes he gotten from his master as a “show-off”). Free dinners and concerts were conducted every night throughout the campaign period. Listen to this if you havew timehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJSJM2ndbSo

If you are still wondering why some 142 votes issued to voters were not returned from one of the polling streams, let me share with you what could have possibly taken place…

Voter A was asked to take out a blank voting ballot paper and pass it to a BN operator (usually undercover, not wearing the BN uniform or badges). Voter A will be paid RM200 or more for the blank ballot paper. The operator will then cross it as a vote for BN before pass it on to Voter B. Voter B will be asked to cast the ballot and at the same time retain the blank ballot paper and bring it out to the operator. This exercise went on until the entire polling is over. Trust me, these ‘missing’ 143 ballot papers were not retained by voters as souvenirs (as claimed by the Secretary of Election Commission).

Threats

Voters in general were threatenedthat there would be no development if Khalid is voted in as the ADUN for Ijok. Indian voters working for the estates were warned that they will lose their job(plus their homes) if they were found voting/ supporting the opposition. Election campaigners for Khalid were intimidated or even beaten up by thugs. Even the candidtae himself was threatened and prevented from campaigning in estates and kampungs. Several ceramahs were stopped by the police/FRU for some lame excuses when BN found out that these ceramahs were popular among the electorates.

We were threatened by the deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin at the Pondok Polis Simpang Tiga Ijok when he was barred from entering the compound when two bus loads of alleged “phantom voters” from Perlis were being detained by the police . I heard Khairy repeatedly saying  “you will pay for this” over the gate. He could not ‘tahan’ the fact that we were inside the police station but he was outside. But I was not sure whether he was directing his anger to me or the police.

PKR Youth acting chief Shamsul Iskandar in front of the two “phantom buses” from Perlis  @ Pondok Polis Simpang Tiga Ijok

 Frauds

The opposition was again given the final electoral rolls late. This has denied the opposition the opportunity to check the list of voters thoroughly. We believe that the final list is full of phantom voters apart from the 37 voters who were said to be as old as 104 to 107 year-old. For no reasons, the SPR has objected the proposal of using indelible ink for the prevention of phantom voters and multiple voting. And many voters only found out that their names were missing from the electoral rolls on the day of polling.At least three voters complained that they were barred from voting because the record showed that they have voted earlier. In other words, some ‘phantoms” have taken their ballot papers. Unlike the Lunas by-election, PKR only managed to stopped two buses of phantom voters. No one knows how many phantom voters have slipped through quietly.

Believe me, the police would not dare to get to the bottom. All 80 of these so-called cooks from Perlis were Malay ladies except for two Chinese ladies. Several of them told me that they have arrived on the polling day for “jalan-jalan”. Who would believe that Umno would charter two buses to ferry their supporters  all the way from Perlis (some 7 hours of journey) just to “look see” in Ijok? What is there to “look see” in Ijok?

 

I was speaking to members of the press over the gate. They too do not believe that these makciks would travel 7 hours all the way from Perlis to Ijok just for the purpose of “jalan-jalan”.

These ladies from Perlis were giving us answers very different from Khairy and Datuk Hashim ( an UMNO division chief from Perlis) . One of the Malay ladies told me that she was in Ijok to “tengok polling”. One Chinese lady was very concerned about her mykad. Their mykads were taken by the police for investigation. She asked me whether there was anything wrong with her mykad. Before I could answer, she was told by the other Chinese lady to shut up. Anyway, none of them said that they were in Ijok as cooks for the BN campaigners. Both Khairy and Datuk Hashim were lying through their teeths. I suggest National Front should be renamed as National Fraud.

PKR has reasons to suspect that these makciks from Perlis were phantom voters. We were not allowed to check their mykads or conduct our own investigations. It’s now up to the police and SPR to prove otherwise.

Many have asked me why I was detained by the police. Here’s my side of the story…

When I was canvassing outside the polling centre at SJKC Ijok in Pekan Ijok, I was alerted by some canvassers that 3 buses carrying phantom voters were blocked in Bukit Badong and Sunger Darah and detained at the Pondok Polis at Simpang Tiga Ijok, which is just a stone’s throw from the school.

Whe I arrived with other DAP and PKR supporters, I saw two buses bearing Penang registration plates were parked in the compound and the gate was locked. I saw Ezam, Shamsul Iskandar  and Ghani and few others PKR leaders were already in the balai polis. I waited until the OCPD Ibrahim arrived and I was then allowed to enter the police station. Khairy who arrived a few minutes later was not allowed to come in. I’m sure the police was doing this him because they know him too well🙂.

After making reports to DAP SG and the Parliamentary Oppostion Leader, I decided to leave the police station to join other members who came to Ijok with me from Petaling Jaya, Serdang and Klang. They were waiting fro me outside the fence. I was  then told not to leave before a statement was taken from me and other PKR leaders.

The makciks from Perlis were not detained and confined in the buses as claimed by Khairy and others. All of them were allowed to come down from the buses to use the toilet  attached with the Pondok Polis. That’s when I gotten the opportunity to ask some questions “casually”. They were allowed to leave one hour earlier than the 15 of us. We were only allowed to leave after the statements and bails (we were allowed to bail each other). We have to report to the police in Ijok on 28 May 2007. What a joke!

The children of these makciks should advise them not to become phantom voters or get involved with BN operators. It is not worth it because such action is unlawful,immoral and unethical. What if they were hurt by the angry protestors? Who should be blamed if things get out of control? 

Both Merdekareview and Malaysiakini have the stories…

BN wins with bigger majority

Apr 28, 07 7:04pm Malaysiakini 
The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition has won the crucial Ijok by-election with a bigger majority of 1,850.Election Commission returning officer Haris Kasim announced that BN’s MIC candidate K Parthiban bagged 5,884 votes while PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 4,034.The majority is 1,850, which is higher than the 2004 general election result, where BN won with a majority of 1,649. It has added 201 votes to its previous majority.Interestingly, both parties have increased their vote tally by around 500 votes, partly due to the higher turnout of voters and the absence of independents.The ruling coalition took 58.6% of the voters while PKR, 40.1%.BN won in seven polling districts while PKR took Malay-majority Kampung Ijok and Chinese-majority Pekan Ijok* [see correction below].Click here for the official results

According to the official EC tally, Bestari Utara, one of the polling centres, registered an unusually high number of ballot papers issued but not returned – a total of 142.It appeared that these ballot papers were given out to voters but somehow they have taken them away instead of putting them into the ballot box. The number of unaccounted ballot papers represent almost 30% of the 500 ballot papers issued in one of Bestari Utara’s voting stream.All the ballot papers which had been issued in other polling districts were duly returned apart from Jaya Setia, which has only one unaccounted ballot paper.Malay, Chinese change votes

The defeated Khalid said after the results were known that PKR intends to contests the results and reveal the incidences of bribery and phantom voters.”This is the dirtiest by-election in the country’s history,” he said.Khalid added that he was unprepared for the “viciousness of the political methods” by the other side to win.”I appreciate the dilemma of the people in Ijok to have been threatened by the fact that if you choose the opposition, you will not be given any development grants. This threatening feature is a very undemocratic way of managing the people’s resources.”PKR lost three of the four Malay-majority districts – Jaya Setia, Bukit Badong and Simpang Ijok – but retained Kampung Ijok.This translates in a swing of Malay voters to BN, but the opposition appeared to obtain a slight swing of Chinese voters in its favour.

Najib: No phantom voters

MCA leader Ong Ka Ting refused to comment on the swing among Chinese voters against the government. He said that the party has yet to analyse the results.

“Nevertheless, we should look at the big picture that BN has won,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said that the result is a “good precursor” to the upcoming general elections as this could be the last by-election.

When asked about the allegations by the opposition on the present of phantom voters, Najib said tersely: “There are no phantom voters. Full stop.”

He added that BN never used “underhand tactics” in its election campaigns.

When asked about the fate of PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is former deputy premier, Najib said that he preferred not to “say too much”.

“I’d rather you draw your own conclusion.” 

Highest turnout in history

The voter turnout in this hotly contested by-election is an unprecedented 83.08 percent – the highest in by-election history.

In the 2004 general election, the turnout was 76.17 percent, or 9,411 voters.

When the polling closed at 5pm today, a total of 10,195 voters had cast their votes.

Of the nine polling districts, Malay-majority Bukit Badong scored the highest with 90.10%. Another five saw over 80% turnout.

The lowest turnout is in Indian-majority Tuan Mee, 79.9%, Chinese-majority Pekan Ijok, 75.1% and Chinese-majority Batang Bestari Selatan 68.6%.



*Correction:
Earlier this evening, malaysiakinireported the unofficial results for Pekan Ijok as BN – 605, PKR – 624. However, the official results are BN – 605, PKR – 584. PRK did not take this Chinese-majority polling district as reported, but it has done significantly better compared to the 2004 general election (BN – 761, Keadilan – 306). We regret the error.It is expected that unofficial results are sometimes inaccurate. In any case, based on the unofficial results which came from our sources from various counting centres – all but one had been correct – malaysiakiniannounced that BN had won handsomely at 7.05pm, more than one-and-a-half hour before the results were declared by the Election Commission.

拦截可疑巴士者反被调查
警方盘问15名在野党党员
■日期/Apr 28, 2007   ■时间/09:18:31 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/merdekareview陈子莹
           
【本刊陈子莹撰述】朝野政党就今日下午“拦截两辆可疑巴士”事件,向警方报案。人民公正党怀疑,这两辆巴士载着“幽灵选民”,而国阵领袖则指责在野党在没有确实证据下,阻拦国阵支持者。

警方正在盘问15名阻拦两辆“可疑巴士”的在野党领袖与党员,惟未确定如何处理15名人民公正党党员以及两辆巴士乘客。

在野党员已经就这起怀疑是“幽灵选民”的事件,向警方报案。与此同时,国阵党成员也因为在野党党员在没有确实根据的情况下,阻拦他们支持者的巴士而报案。

在野党15名党员今天下午在依约的武吉巴东,阻拦了两辆怀疑是幽灵选民的巴士后,目前已在依约警局准备接受盘问,惟未确定警方是否会扣留他们。

国阵以及在野党之间各说其词,巫统加央区部主席哈欣(Hashim)声称,这些车上的人是厨师,在整个竞选期间,就已经逗留在依约;不过,人民公正党青年团代团长三苏依斯干达(Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin)却说,他已问过巴士上的其中一位女子,对方告诉他,他们是今天早上才抵达依约的。

15名在野党党员于下午4时左右,在武吉巴东(Bukit Badong)的投票站,发现两辆可疑的巴士,所以前往阻止他们离开。国阵成员也在当时出现,坚持让这两辆巴士以及车上的乘客离开。双方争持不下,最后在警方以及镇暴队的介入下,把所有的人都带到依约警局。

截自晚上8时,根据人民公正党青年团宣传主任拉蒂法(Latheefa Koya),这15名在野党党员目前还逗留在警局,警方正准备向他们录口供,不过还未确定是否会扣留他们;而巴士上的乘客也还在警局内,警方已要求他们出示身份证。

15名在警局内录口供的在野党党员:

1.Mohd. Ezam(依占)

2. 刘天球

3. Shamsul Iskandar(三苏依斯干达)

4. Shaharuddin Shahabuddin

5. Hassim bin Abdul Aziz

6. Sharifah Shahidah

7. Wan Anis

8. Ghani Harun

9. Nazmi Rosli

10. SP Johari

11. Halimey

12. Azmi

13. Razak Khalidi Roslan

14. Hashima Adbul Aziz

  1. Wan Khairul Ehsan

【点击:将两辆可疑巴士拦截在警局 公正党激动高呼“烈火莫熄”】

Anwar: I’m sad for Malaysia
Apr 28, 07 1:40pm Malaysiakini 
“I am sad for Malaysia.”So said former deputy premier and PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim in response to his party’s defeat in the Ijok by-election.“I have been talking about the fraudulent process all the while but I did not think it was going to be so bad … intimidation and blatant bribery … the whole conduct of the election today,” he said.Top Keadilan leaders were absent when the results were announced. Anwar said the by-election was ridden with phantom voters and police harassment against the opposition.”We will launch an official protest on a charge of fraudulent conduct of the election,” he said.However Election Commission secretary Kamaruzaman Mohamad Nor had earlier dismissed the oppositions allegations.”There are no phantom voters,” he said. “You have to follow our (electoral) list,” he said.”The confusion arised because they used another electoral list,” he added, referring to the commission’s official list of voters.The ruling coalition has fended off a spirited opposition campaign led by Anwar to retain the semi-rural Ijok seat in Selangor with an increased majority.K Parthiban, from BN’s MIC polled 5,884 votes while PKR’s candidate Abdul Khalid Ibrahim secured 4,034.The BN increased its majority by 210 from the last 2004 general elections in the state. A total of 10,049 voters or 81.9 percent of the electorate cast ballots, a record turnout for the constituency.Only BN can help with development 

Although not contesting, Anwar has thrown his weight behind the opposition candidate in a bitter and gruelling campaign against the powerful ruling national front coalition led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The weekend poll was widely touted as a litmus test of popularity for both sides ahead of a general election expected before 2009.

Polls opened amid tight security at 8am as voters lined up at nine polling stations in the tiny constituency.

An ethnic Indian construction worker, E Elango, 52, said he backed the ruling coalition as it could bring development to the sleepy town.

“It (the BN) can help the people with infrastructure development. The opposition cannot bring any development,” he said.

Annuar Musa, BN chief in Kelantan said the Malay-majority areas of Ijok traditionally supported the opposition.

“The previous Barisan Nasional candidate did not meet the expectations of the voters,” Annuar said, referring to former state lawmaker K Sivalingam, whose death earlier this month precipitated the by-election.

“Anwar is not a factor in this election. He can be in politics but it’s not a threat to the government,” Annuar said.

Reflecting on the party’s loss, Anwar said he remained optimistic of the people’s support for PKR.

“It is a very good turning point as I was able to articulate our views but we are dealing with a dirty process here,” Anwar said.

– AFP

14 Responses to “Ijok: A moral victory for PKR”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    PKR to dispute Ijok by-election results
    Soon Li Tsin
    Apr 28, 07 11:51pm Adjust font size:

    Outraged by allegations of electoral irregularities – phantom voters, bribery and fraud – Parti Keadilan Rakyat had decided to dispute the results of the by-election.

    The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which won the crucial Ijok by-election with a bigger majority of 1,850, has been accused of electoral foul-play by the opposition.

    In the wake of the by-election defeat, Khalid announced his party’s decision to contest the results at a press conference in Kampung Ijok this evening.

    “Given the overwhelmingly high voter turnout in Ijok – the highest in the country’s history – there is much to be suspicious about. The high turnout is extremely suspect. In one voting area, the turnout exceeded 95 per cent.

    “If taken into consideration, the number of voters who have passed away and voters who have no identity cards, which number 1,000, the percentage of the turnout would reach 90 per cent,” he said.

    At 8:45pm, Election Commission returning officer Haris Kasim announced that BN’s MIC candidate K Parthiban bagged 5,884 votes while PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 4,034.

    The majority is 1,850, which is higher than the 2004 general election result, where BN won with a majority of 1,649. The ruling coalition added 201 votes to its previous majority.

    Khalid pointed that the party has evidence of residents promised money by BN after they voted for them and voters who arrived only to find their votes used by unknown persons.

    EC fails to stop abuses

    The election campaign, which lasted nine days, was ridden with widespread incidents of violence and intimidation by police, eliciting the label ‘dirtiest election in Malaysian history’ from Khalid.

    “This is not a defeat for our party […] this is an insult to our democratic system.

    “The EC has not only failed to stop the fraud and abuses, including political corruption. It has been evidently biased against the opposition,” he asserted.

    Khalid, who is also PKR’s treasurer, said they will be presenting these evidence to the public and to the international community once all details have been gathered.

    Expressing a renewed spirit, he said he will continue to visit Ijok to meet old and new friends in achieving the development ideas he had hoped for the people.

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    the opposition has sufferred two consecuive losses.

    while we are disappointed, we should not be disillusioned

    dap in the early days sufferred loss after loss of byelections between its
    formation in 1966 until 1969.

    in 1969 at the general elections dap did remarkably well.

    having said that, we must sit back and analyse our policies, strategies and
    action plans.

    were we too smug and over confident? were the machap and ijok people
    overwhelmed by the deluge of bribes and money?

    we shall persist and never give up.

    chen Man Hin
    DAP Life Advisor

  3. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    “补选失败是对民主的侮辱”
    卡立承诺:我不会逃离政治!

    ■日期/Apr 29, 2007 ■时间/12:25:19 am
    ■新闻/家国风云 ■作者/本刊记者

    【本刊记者撰述】人民公正党依约州议席候选人卡立依布拉欣(Khalid Ibrahim)否认落选是人民公正党的失败,反而是对民主的一种侮辱。他质疑依约补选的成绩,并矢言继续推动选举制度改革,不会就此逃离政治。
    卡立(右图)指出:“人民公正党质疑国阵为了赢得竞选而采用的手法。这场补选的投票率是全国补选历史上最高的投票率,在一些投票中心的投票人数还超过95%。”

    他昨晚召开的记者招待会上,如此表示。

    依约州议席补选于昨日进行投票,并且获得全国补选以来最高的投票率,即83.08%。他说,这么高的投票率不免引起他们的猜疑,会否与幽灵选民有关。在昨夜出炉的选绩中,国阵国大党候选人巴迪班得票5884张,卡立依布拉欣得票4034张,废票为134张,巴迪班以1850张多数票击败卡立,成功为国阵守土。

    在今天下午4时,在野党成员成功拦截两辆疑是载着幽灵选民的巴士,并且将巴士带到依约新村警察局。这两辆巴士稍在晚间8时后获释。

    他补充道:“另外,在整个选举的过程中,我们发现有多重标准,我们党已经掌握了一些有关整个选举的过程中,出现的贿票、欺骗的现象。一些选民去到投票中心时,发现他们的票已经被投了,另外,选民册中也出现一些已经去世的人。”

    马来西亚史上最肮脏的选举!

    他也对整个选举过程中,出现了许多针对人民公正党成员的暴力事件感到不满,并声称这是马来西亚选举史上最肮脏的选举!

    他说:“我们会继续支持干净与公平选举联盟(Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil,简称BERSIH)的斗争,他们将进行观察,以确保选举委员会可以有效且公平地进行。”

    同时出席记者会的回教党中委朱基费利阿末(Dzukifli Ahmad,左图)在针对可疑的补选投票率时提到:“在依约发生的事件,是彭加兰巴西(Pengkalan Pasir)补选的再版。这里带出了一个明确的讯息,只有这么高的投票率,国阵才可能补选中才能够获胜。”

    根据人民公正党的估计,他们就算输,多数票也会介于200票到400票之间,如今多数票落差那么大,关键在于幽灵选民。他们不排除会将此事带上法庭。

    “我不会再逃离政治”

    至于他在下一届大选会否继续代表人民公正党上阵,或在依约上阵,卡立声称交由党去决定。不过,他承诺自己不会逃离政治,因为这是一场斗争,但是他也了解到必须好好策划竞选活动。他坦承自己从这场补选中,学习到如何准备一个有效率的助选团队。

    卡立说:“我认为,我们在应战执政党方面,做得非常好。我们以为我们会赢,但是我们输了,不过试想想,好像我们这样一个小党,能够与一个大党抗衡。”

    “这场补选的失败不是人民公正党的失败,而是对民主的侮辱。人民公正党大力推动选举制度改革,选举委员会不但无法停止欺骗行为、滥用权力,同时也明显地偏袒执政党。”

    他也说,该党将在收集了有关这场选举的资料之后,向人民以及国际人士公布他们的调查结果。

  4. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    “The defeat in Ijok has taken away a lot of pressure off the shoulders of the opposition. If PKR has won, you can imagine what kind of pressure will be mounted by BN in the coming general elections”-Zukfli, Chief editor of Harakah.net

    ” The defeat teaches the PKR and other opposition parties to be more cautious in pplanning for the general elections. If PKR won in Ijok, they may lose sight on all the weaknesses in their campaign. It’s time to look at all aspects of the campaign and improve the overall fighting capacity.” – Vincent Wu, DAP assistant organising secretary

  5. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    ” Have we learned any lessons from the Ijok by-election? The real battle is the general elections. Prepare to equip better all around to fight for victory.” – Ho Cheok Fun, former MP and SA

    ” The Ijok has teached all opposition parties the importance of working together. The opposition machinery was not oiled too well. The cooperation was not up to the mark. I don’t see any DAP or PAS flags and banners in Ijok. The endorsement for PKR from these parties was not visible in the eyes of the Ijok people. Only those who attend the ceramahs know that some top guns of other parties were there to help.” Mr Lee, senior citizen

  6. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    WHAT AFTER IJOK?

    Aloysiu Pinto

    As we can see from the attached article, what voters want is centred around their needs. It is only politicians, social activists and religious groups that will keep focused on more than just personal needs. This must be obvious. However what everybody wants is peace and prosperity.

    Therefore for political parties to be relevant and successful these considerations must be studied in depth. What do the people really want? The rural and urban poor, the middle-class and also the rich, Employees and employers, workers and business owners of small and medium enterprise/industries- what do they really want? Pensioners and young graduates, job seekers, senior citizens, the disabled and marginalized, what do they really want? Do we appreciate that the voter landscape has changed tremendously in the past 50 years.

    Even as we celebrate 50 years of Merdeka, we cannot really celebrate the uniqueness in our diversity. As a nation blessed with rich cultural aspirations of the different ethnic groupings, most of us (in all the grouping mentioned above, except the disabled) have just taken these for granted. For the general population this way of thinking can be acknowledged, as long as it does not affect me personally, why should I bother. Most are just concerned about issues that personally affect them. This can also be accepted. But when those with responsibility for the masses think as such…we really have a problem.

    Yes, many of the concerns and issues of these constituents are being addressed by focused groups. Water, healthcare, petrol-hike, toll-hike, ethnic and religious issues, urban poor – rural poor, education issues, housing issues, wages issues, social ills issues, national unity and social integration. We live in an era where unless we look at all issues from an integrated approach most of the efforts by the various groups will be in vain… at least in the mid and long term.

    Civil society groups have traditionally been the champions of the various issues of concerned groups. Many coalitions have even been formed to address these issues. Advocacy groups abound in numbers. Street protests have been initiated, yet we seem to be getting nowhere in so many areas. Why?

    I do not claim to have the answers, and I don’t. No one individual or even group can claim they have all the answers. What I know and I suspect many groups know is that we cannot continue to pursue the same course of actions as in the past. Recognizing that would be a very important step to move forward. That’s the first challenge. How do bring the awareness for change in the many different areas and aspects of life to resolve the many issues and concerns.

    In Ijok, many concerned groups were mobilized to challenge the establishment. Much of the cooperation were spontaneous, some after some deliberation and discussions. Generally the mobilization was successful and can be seen through the spirit, enthusiasm and energy of the so many party workers, civil society groups, volunteers and friends coming together.
    Even though we (PKR and friends) were like David fighting Goliath, the spirit of David’s group was refreshing, encouraging and something not to be lost because of the eventual result. It was not just another by-election. We fought Goliath and the might of the establishment machinery, and morally we won. And this is not just a philosophical statement. On the eve of polling day, we, the opposition and our friends knew we won the hearts and minds of the masses, even though the physical votes may indicate otherwise.

    As many of our speakers have mentioned, “If it was a Free and Fair Election” we definitely would have won. Yet we must not despair. Because we did win, on so many counts. Recognizing and building of what we have achieved will prepare us for the real battle..the General Elections(GE). Let’s look at some of the achievements in Ijok:

    • We were able to turn many fence-sitters into active participants for the “reformasi” process through this by-election
    • Civil society groups came together, and many experienced for the first time the synergy and energy of working in collaboration..it was invigorating.
    • Three major political parties were able to set aside minor difference whilst battling the ‘real enemy’.
    • Affirmation from voters and collaborators that the ‘time for change’ is imminent.
    • The change has already begun with us first. This can be seen from the above.

    We must not let the ‘defeat’ in an unfair election demoralize us. We have at least 4,034 supporters, many who knew us for the first time. We must build on this large base of support and definitely at the next GE many more can be easily converted.

    Finally, what we have achieved in Ijok should give us more reasons to find ways and means for meaningful and successful collaboration and networking. Only in this manner can we all achieve our ambitions for change and development for all. No want needs to be marginalized. We just need to come together to see how we can build from what has been initiated in Machap and achieved in Ijok. The momentum has begun, don’t loose it, just build on it!

    HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF THIS PROCESS?

  7. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    ‘Development card’ may not work in future

    Aloysius Francis Pinto
    Apr 27, 07 3:46pm

    I refer to the letter Development shouldn’t be synonymous with by-elections. Mat Al-Jajawi wrote: “Why does it have to be this way? Why can’t development be spread out more evenly and sincerely all over the country? Why wait for a by-election to bring development?”
    Mat Al-Jajawi’s statement, “Why wait for a by-election to bring development?” is the most telling phenomenon among Malaysian politicians. Why?

    All politicians know that the reason voters will elect them is when they can win the voters’ confidence that they will take care of their (the voters’) needs. But times have changed. Using goodies in the past with the poor and illiterate communities worked. Today, even poor people are exposed to the news and events of the day through ‘global’ communications tools. Even children have computer skills, hand phones and know how to SMS.

    The TV and news that ‘richer’ communities in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru and Penang watch are also accessible to the folks in Ijok, Batang Berjuntai and other ‘poor’ areas. If not in their homes already, the children bring the news when they come home.
    Every election ‘trick’ has a life span, and today after Batu Talam, Machap and now Ijok we may be seeing the last days of this ‘trick’. If politicians from both sides don’t learn this lesson, they will be in a shock when the general elections comes about.

    The downside of this situation is that should the BN learn their lesson after Ijok (whoever wins), they might call for a snap elections to use this trick for one last hurrah. I do not believe that the opposition has the necessary machinery to counter this on a national scale.

    Lesson two – What follows from this is that the ‘tactic’ for next elections will have to be “throwing in some human development – like education about the democratic process, press freedom, freedom of information, space for diversity of opinions, civic consciousness, etc?” as Al-Jajawi wrote.

    This is the ‘real’ challenge for both sides, the ruling BN and the opposition. This requires hard work, excellence and total dedication by all politicians and I doubt whether they (the politicians) are ready. But ready or not, I believe that a new breed of ‘holistic politicians’ will emerge.

    PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim may have shown a glimpse of this when he articulated in his manifesto about bringing development to Ijok. Although his message was drowned by ‘old school’ rhetoric, many of the population in Ijok heard his clarion call.

    The next general election is just around the corner and whoever does not follow up on the promises made at Machap, and more importantly at Ijok, will pay dearly. Yes, the BN and PKR promise to help bring human capital development to Ijok will be severely judged by the people in Ijok and the nation.

    Remember the adage ‘Think global, act local’. In fact, it is places like Batu Talam, Machap and Ijok where the momentum to really bring about human capital development should start (for Ijok) or should have started (at Batu Talam and Machap).

    Otherwise the general population will not be convinced with all the powerful, entertaining, smearing antics of ‘old school’ politicians. From now onwards, those who don’t ‘walk the talk’ will have to eat their words. The warning is out! Over to you politicians.

    Thank you Mat Al-Jajawi for bringing some sense from all the nonsense that has happened. You restore my confidence that there enough balanced people in Malaysia who can see through all the rhetoric. We have to learn to recognise the woods and the trees.

  8. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    A by-election’s six lessons
    Mat Promuda
    Letter-Malaysiakini
    Apr 27, 07 3:43pm

    Perhaps it’s still early, but there are observations to share and lessons to be drawn from the Ijok by-election. These useful lessons can be used for all imminent by-elections.

    Lesson 1: How to make millions without breaking a sweat

    Pray that your BN ‘wakil rakyat’ kicks the bucket, or if that sounds too sinister, ask him or her to sacrifice his position by stepping down, and call for a by-election. Entice to his/her self-serving nature by saying that Barisan will pour money and he/she has a chance to benefit financially from the windfall. This ruse will do the trick. Once that happens, money that was not available in the state coffers will magically appear from thin air.

    Your town will suddenly see an influx of development, leaders and hoodlums, at a pace unseen before in your life. Allocations which were not discussed in parliament, or state assemblies or council budgets, will make its appearance. Due elementary budgetary process applicable in Bangladesh or India are not applicable in Malaysia. The losers, Barisan’s corporate cronies and civil service slaves, will have to fork out magic money at the EPF contributor’s expense.

    Roads will become clean, smooth and brightly lit. If Barisan’s ‘wakil rakyat’ for Damansara Utama, Klang Lama, Cheras, Bandar Tun Razak, Taman Melawati, Bandar Klang, Bangi, Serdang, are willing to seek by-elections, Malaysians would have less visits to the auto repair shop.

    Don’t forget to demand money as your compensation for the hardship of having to contend with constant Barisan propaganda and the same pocket pinching ‘wakil rakyats’ since Merdeka. Don’t be satisfied with RM100 or RM200 – ask for RM20,000 or a million if you’re desperate. Claim that you can get 30 voters, ie, your wife, children and relatives, hence you cost a bit more.

    You can also claim your great-grandmother, who was born in 1900, is a registered voter and Barisan and the Election Commission will help make the necessary arrangements for voting day. If your great-grandmother can’t rise from the grave, claim that your child is a voter.

    Lesson 2: How to compel, arguably the second most powerful man in the country, to do your bidding.

    Barisan’s candidate, after several days of campaigning, shakes hands and fakes a smile with the people of Ijok. Although the national spotlight was focused on Barisan’s candidate, surprisingly, the candidate made no official comment, hardly communicated, and avoided debates at all costs. Heck, forget about extolling any plan or vision for Ijok either.

    All matters were handled by a bloke who happens to be the deputy prime minister, who decided to relinquish his designated national role to take on the much more important role of Parthiban’s public relations consultant. The task is made easier as all media outlets are owned by Barisan anyway, but the DPM is not taking chances.

    Apart from abusing government machinery and TV channels RTM1, RTM2, the DPM and the Barisan cronies also used TV3, NTV7, TV8, TV9, and Astro as they are all owned by their cronies too – Media Prima. And as not every Malaysian has a television, Barisan employed all of the print media as well. The opposition and independent media are only allowed to inhabit cyberspace.

    Lesson 3: How to compel, arguably the most powerful man in the country, as well as state chiefs, ministers, half the country’s leaders, and most important of all, ‘mat rempits’ to do your bidding.

    Very few ministers nowadays are seen hanging around in parliament. Debating is not our culture, and parliament is accepted as a rubber stamp, but it does seem very strange that the country’s most important leaders, Parthiban’s spokesperson, Najib Razak, and his cohorts, Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo, Works Minister S Samy Vellu, Penang state chief Koh Tsu Koon all decided to skip their civil and fiscal duties to descend to a little known rural town.

    Most important of all, get the ‘mat rempits’ to be on your side by providing cheap thrills. Have a carnival-like atmosphere at Barisan’s enclave of Rumah Perlis, Rumah Kelantan, Rumah Negeri Sembilan, Rumah Melaka, Rumah Pahang, Rumah Kedah, etc. Cater food everyday for 1,000 people and invite the town to breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    Abuse and mishandle as much money as possible as all is forgiven during by an election. The Election Commission officers will be somewhere in outer space and will not notice any election fraud despite all the lavish parties and development gifts. Unethically spend RM36 million and nobody will notice.

    Lesson 4: How to belittle the opposition candidate

    Despite being a state chief, ignore honour and dignity and accuse the opposition of all thinkable evils. Belittle the opposition candidate, such as ‘he was merely a water boy’. Conveniently forget the various Umnoputra sycophants and accuse Khalid Ibrahim of being merely a corporate figure.

    Don’t mention that he was the ex-CEO of PNB, ex-CEO of Guthrie, assisted in the formation of ASB and ASN, allocated RM500 million for student loans and helped PNB acquire Guthrie from the London Stock Exchange in 1981.

    Silence the fact that he was one of the few Malay corporate genius and became CEO when he was 33 years old. Ignore all this and create a drama by claiming that you will cut of your little finger if Tan Sri gives any money to the community.

    Lesson 5: How to threaten the opposition

    As the battle cry in Ijok, ‘gempur’ is a word associated with Pemuda Umno. According to the Kamus Dewan, ‘gempur’ means creating havoc, or ‘huru-hara’. Notwithstanding Pemuda’s motto, throw accusations instead to the opposition that they are creating a ruckus, by throwing water bottles and sticks. Never mind if the bottles have the Barisan logo on it, just pretend that the opposition drank Barisan’s mineral water, even though they weren’t provided with any.

    Let ‘mat rempits’ and gangsters roam and intimidate the opposition. Of special mention is the red scorpion team from Pemuda Umno dressed in menacing black shirts, jeans and sunglasses. They would have looked cool, if not for their faces resembling their red logo.

    Their leader, the high-pitched Hishammuddin Hussein Onn and his deputy, the jeering Khairy Jamaluddin, tried to look menacing but just didn’t come across so. Hisham and KJ’s pretend macho ‘I’m really really angry’ expression could not even match Rosmah’s natural ‘I’m going to get you’ look.

    Lesson 6: How the candidate becomes prime minister

    Some people swear that come election time, every constituency will see the rise of a familiar face. In Ijok, almost all of the ‘dacing’ posters resemble the familiar vote-for-me ‘X’ mark but with the portrait of a man in ‘songkok’, wearing a ‘baju melayu’ with a graying moustache. The last time we looked at the candidate, he didn’t resemble anything like that.

    Some Barisan friends, who wanted a Malay candidate, have insisted that Pak Lah is contesting in Ijok and is actually disguised as the local candidate. That’s why Pak Lah’s posters are all over the place. Many people find this hard to believe.

    Some others have insisted that this accusation is ridiculous. Pak Lah is not contesting in this by- election as he is not one to lose his precious time over this unnecessary circus. Pak Lah is also not one to speak on behalf of the candidate, morning, afternoon and evening, more so he is unfamiliar with the local Javanese dialect.

    Others insist that it is, in fact, not Pak Lah but another personality. This personality’s poster is also prominent all over in Ijok and this personality is familiar with the local community and speaks the same language. They say that Khir Toyo is able to transform his appearance and change his look to resemble the candidate. So is Khir Toyo the candidate? That explains why the candidate hardly says anything – his Javanese accent might give him away.

    Finally, remember, despite the relentless evils perpetrated by BN, Barisan’s greedy and self- serving members will forever defend BN’s actions with weak and fickle arguments on TV, in the newspapers and through other media outlets. As long as the rakyat refuse to have the courage to stand up to their nonsense. It is time we wise up and reject unethical promises of money and development for votes. Do the right thing, reject Barisan!

  9. VT Says:

    Don’t waste time on self pity Mr. Anwar, more’s to be done in so short a time, if Ronnie’s correct about Nov 25th, come that day, not enough dirty money to go around nation wide. I strongly believes that PKR did well in IJOK.

    Let’s see now, approx 700 votes increase since the previous election of 2004, BN has only managed to secure 200 out of the 700, for a RM 40 million show, that’s simply just too expensive to start bragging about for BN.

    For the PKR to retreat from the Malay Stronghold, it is sad but understandable for goodies taken should be repaid back in kind, this tactics will not work forever, Normal kampong folks used to be satisfied with a kenduri with 2 cows, look at Ijok now, computers. RM 1 million donations, sewing machines and fridge, these elections are simply getting to expensive locally and the sum will be humongous when General Election is call, to keep this snowball momentum will be disastrous financially.

    One thing for certain is that despite MCA’s accusation of PAS and DAP working hand in hand backfires with little or no result, and also We observed that a DAP and PKR works together like a well tuned gear in IJOK, a possible stronger opposition will emerge to counter the National Front’s hold on Malaysia.

    Feel not dishearten, feel not sad, search for solution/s to attain the Malaysian dream. a dream of equality, of peace and prosperity for Malaysians.

  10. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Ijok without Prejudice

    James Ooi P.H.
    12 Jalan SS24/14
    Taman Megah
    47301 Petaling Jaya
    Selangor Darul Ehsan
    I/C No460528-07-5631
    H/p 016-2623211, 017-8887238
    20th April 2007

    Dear Sir,

    Re: Police Political Supporters Control

    I was in Batang Berjuntai, Ijok on 19rd April 2007 at about 8.15am. The PKR, PPP, MIC , BN and the late Sivalingams’ Operations Centres were within walking distances of each other at the town centre.

    The BN group of about 3000 people were the first to march towards the Nomination Centre. This group assembled on the main road facing the side of the NC. About 30 minutes later the PKR congregation started marching along the SAME route towards the NC. Common sense will tell anyone that the PKR party will meet the BN team HEAD ON! Why did the police allowed that? To make matters worst a VIP convoy with police outriders wanted to get through the crowd!

    The PKR group equal in numbers, wanted to walk through the blocked main road, blocked by BN supporters intentionally or unintentionally. The PKR group wanted to walk through and to turn right into the open field, away from the main road but next to the NC. The BN felt that the PKR were pushing them away. The PKR felt that BN was blocking their right-of-way! Tempers flared! PKR members slipped through individually. Some folded up their huge banners to walk through but reopen them when they reached their destination. There were no incidents. Shortly after that I heard a BN officer asking the BN supporters to proceed like the PKR group but to assemble away from the PKR group. Common sense will tell anyone again that the BN team will meet the PKR team HEAD ON AGAIN at the side road. They were later separated. Again there were no incidents. The FRU came after that. The fracas took place before the announcement of the nominated candidates.

    Both sides traded verbal insults. Both sides indulged in “extreme provocation”. These were all expected. Even in a friendly football match one can expect verbal insults. There was a lack of police security until the FRU came. The other opposite end of the main road was not utilized. It was a weekday. The small town at the middle of the route in between was having its usual business. Cars and lorries from this town going out were caught in the jam. The police prevented vehicles from going in. But they were unable to control the vehicles from the town from going out. Vehicles from the other opposite end of the road worsen the situation.
    .
    Machap Malacca.

    Ijok was disorganized. There was early shortage of police. Machap by election by the police was well organized. The BN group did not meet the DAP group head on. They march in from opposite ends of the road toward the NC. One small mistake was that there was a detached house full of a BN component group in full uniform along the DAP route. When the DAP group marched back after the nomination they met head on with this BN group. The situation was already heated up earlier at the NC.

    I noticed that a Penang VIP car came in towards the NC through the DAP route at 10.00 am plus. Luckily the scuffle between the BN and DAP happened much after the passage of this Penang VIP car. Its timing could have “aggravated” the situation in the sense that, had the DAP group marched back then and then meet the BN supporters and the VIP car head on with, say, the scuffle breaking out simultaneously, it may appear that the VIP was “supporting” the BN group. The VIP Penang car should have gone in through the BN route.

    Gopeng

    In the Gopeng, Perak by election during the 80s, the DAP Operations Centre was a stone’s throw away from the MIC. Tension was very high. Then Samy Vellu’s car came and had to stop and then inched through the DAP OC. Samy Vellu’s car hooted implicating that he had a VIP and a citizen right-of way and also because it was a public road. The DAP said it was a pedestrian walk way feeder side road. The DAP said the VIP car had to slow down and wait for the supporters to give way. “Human lives had a priority over a VIP car” A fracas broke out. Why don’t the drivers of the Minister’s car, then, go to the MIC OC using the other opposite end of the road? Alternatively, the Minister, his bodyguards and his driver could had nodded, smiled, waved and gesticulated friendlily when they approached the DAP OC? Both sides were unfriendly.

    Machap provided public toilets for everybody, one canopy and chairs for the DAP. Ijok had a few canopies for both sides, bare, without chairs. The canopies could have belonged to a school. There were no public toilets. The men did their jobs at the monsoon drain nearby. Luckily the drain was below eye level. I pitied the ladies.

    One selfish consolation crossed my mind. “Luckily” there were no racial conflicts in the fracas in Machap and Ijok. The same race confronted the same race. I am comfortable in this strange and awkward sense. I am no racist and I accept any criticisms. Malaysia Boleh!

    Yours truly

    JAMES BOND

  11. sampalee Says:

    One do not normally go round and throw food to the fishes.The wise one only do it when they want to land the fish.They only do it with the hooks and nets on standby.So should we go educate the fishes or be better fishermen.Apart from bait fishes are attracted to light[The power to govern,at least at state level]During a GE is temporary out and it is important that the fishes are aware of the NEW source of light[and not the old umno one]Can dap or pas on its own have the wattage to produce this ALTERNATIVE light?The Alternative light have always been there and will still be there in future and coming GE,but it need the combined wattageod dap and pas to lit this one bulb[more brilleint than the old bn bulb].If dap and pas leaders still prefer to light their own bulb,the bn bulb will outshine this two and most of the fish will gravitates to the BRIGHTEST source.DAP and PAS should combined their wattage and lit only the BA bulb.You battle with what is available and all one need is how to dep;oy and combined the resources.In synergy 1+1 is not 2,but 3.Bn esp umno know this for a FACT,which is why umno leaders were all so relieved when dap pull out of BA.With the departure of dap from bn Umno will rule for the next hundred years.Dap leaders should wake up to the horror of their silly and selfish action.

  12. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Upon learning of Parthiban’s victory, Samy Vellu candidly remarked: “Ten years of development in 10 days of campaigning.”

  13. supersagi Says:

    I hope by now the Oppositions will work together very closely to ensure a bigger victory in the coming GE. Just look across our neighborhood country like Indonesia, Phillipine and even Thailand. Once the leading government were considered untouchable. Of course the most recent being Thailand. Do you think Thaksin ever thought that he will be overthrown overnight?

    So, nothing is impossible. I may not see it in my life time but not impossible. But I’m not surprise if I live long enough to see the ‘change’ too.

    Never give up!

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