Walkabouts in voting areas in Ijok, to say thank you to voters…
The Chinese man said,”…ayya ingat you sudah menang lor
apa macam … hantu banyak sangat…
hantu hitam ada, putih ada, semua ada la…”
I will be with the party’s President, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in Machap meeting the rakyat this afternoon and evening.
Later tonite, at 9.00 pm, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Ezam Mohd Nor, Tian Chua and I will speak at a ceramah umum in Machap.
I will be at Machap Umboo, Tebong & Perca.
I believe that Kelantan is a very important state for KeADILan to focus on.
PAS has loyal voters and supporters but as a strategy to strengthen the ruling state government, I feel that a very important approach would be to strengthen KeADILan in Kelantan.
Winning more state seats that are not typical PAS seats will certainly add to the numbers. Thus, we set about training the Wanita leaders of Kelantan with the methodology of campaigning and operasi anjak – a tool developed by Wanita that comes complete with monitoring system, skill sets, and behavioral indicator to measure the swing in votes.
Wanita keADILan had pre-empted the possible occurrence of irregularities during the Batu Talam by-election through my statement on the 24th January 2007
TPM was also given my stern warning during the press conference emphasising that WANITA KeADILan will be monitoring the voter turnout on polling day very very closely. We also reiterated that we believe completely in the process of democracy and that we will go to all extent legal in ensuring it.
On 28th January 2007, Wanita keADILan sent 12 teams to Batu Talam one for each polling station to observe the election process and observe they did.- like a hawk !!!
We made sure that at least three volunteers guarded the entrance of the polling stations, never left it unguarded even for a moment and counted each and every voter entering the station without fail. They were also equipped with video cameras, cameras and note books or clickers for counting. Lo and Behold, what entailed were clear evidences of numerous irregularities (backed by clear photos, videos and further research). Possible irregularities could be due to the complete absence of election machinery of the independent candidate and the considerable unwarranted aggressiveness of Umno-BN campaign tactics.
( Some of our observations were also reiterated by MAFREL (their comments in Malaysiakini.com: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/62760). There was risk that where MAFREL made its visit, SPR would be on guard.)
There were the usual comings and goings of unauthorised persons into polling areas. There were clear attempt to intimidate voters, observers and passers-by by photographers who position themselves all day long to record people and faces. Ferrying of voters were common occurring, but escorting them into the polling station which is illegal according to our election laws, nevertheless happened throughout the voting day. BN went all out to ensure voters turnout to vote. Somehow BN had to ensure that the percentage of voter turnout will be in their favour. This activity was most notable at Polling Station Hulu Sungai where many Orang Asli who had never voted before came to vote in various types of car. One of our observers saw one of them got sick and threw out his stomach contents. Could it be that he was sick to his stomach of BN’s drumming their campaign into his ears while he was being ferried to the polling station?
Some BN election workers thronging the streets on polling day
One of the BN election workers who freely went in and out of the polling station.
Her colleague admitted to one of our observers that they were a group who was sent by
their bosses to “take care “ of the polling station here.
BN cars used to transport voters. Symbols of any sort are forbidden on polling day.
News of the by-election boycott was imminent among leaders of the Barisan Rakyat (People’s Front). The admittance of the head of the SPR of the weaknesses of the Election Commission were issues which had repeatedly been raised by the opposition. KeADILan had produced a complete report (http://www.malaysia-today.net/Sham_Democracy.pdf ) with hard evidences for the SPR to take urgent and immediate action to reform the Commission. None has yet materialised.
Thus, the by-election promises an unfair disadvantage to the opposition (http://malaysia-today.net/blog2006/beritankom.php?itemid=1800).
We urge the rakyat, especially voters at Batu Talam, to support the decision to boycott the Batu Talam by- election and not come out to vote on voting day. As such, it will give a strong indicator of the rakyat’s discontent with the present UMNO-BN rule and render its win totally meaningless.
A government which promotes integrity in its totality, not merely a lip-serving exercise, must ensure a true democratic and fair election every time.
As it is, the SPR has not yet left its image as “one of the component parties of BN”.