Bersih is collecting evidences of frauds especially those happened during counting and tabulation. We need to prove to the world that elections have been effectively rigged. A press conference will be called later today. Please post your accounts and if possible of video clips of black out, and other incidents here. Please give us the exact details so that we may verify. We would not be able to use the information if they are not verifiable. We cannot afford to be trapped into misinformation.
Tolong hantar segala bukti penipuan terutamanya yang berlaku semasa pengiraan dan penjumlahan. Sila terbitkan bukti anda - terutamanya mengenai putus arus, kalau boleh dengan klip video - di sini atau hantarkan mereka ke sini. Tolong berikan butir-butir selengkapnya kerana kami tidak akan guna maklumat yang tidak dapat dipastikan. Suatu sidang akhbar akan diadakan nanti.
What is at stake is more than an election. Najib is now trying to "racialise" the election outcome by calling it "a Chinese tsunami". Chua Soi Lek is echoing it by calling it a "two-race system". By staying out of the government, MCA is trying to make the Chinese community feel despaired. In 1969, MCA's decision to boycott the cabinet was used to trigger the fear of the Malays.
Najib/BN's goal is clear - they want to tear the united Malaysia apart. They want the Malays fear the rise of the Chinese when the swing was also found in Sabah and southern Malays. They want PAS returning to the championing of Islamic state instead of an inclusive Welfare State. The want the Chinese to regret voting the opposition all out and feeling afraid. They want overseas Malaysians giving up on the country and never come back again.
If we are doing for all these, we are helping the BN. I would like to cry but since last night, I have not shed a tear. Crying is too luxurious for me. The task has been cut out for all of us - What do we do to defend the Malaysia which yearns for an end of racism, corruption and power abuse? What do we do to hold together the new Malaysia that sees millions returning home to vote, tens of thousands involving in PACABA so on, that see Malays waving Rocket flags and Chinese waving PAS flags?
My brothers and sisters, I plead to you to not giving up. What did we do all we did? Isn't it because Malaysia is a country worth fighting for? Why should we let robbers of elections change our perception about ourselves?
To give up on what we have been fighting for is to leave another generations into despair. The country is now like ground zero after terrorism. We need reconstruction of love and dream.
Please stay back and fight with all of us.
Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku.
Rakyat hidup, bersatu dan maju.
Rahmat bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan.
Raja kita selamat bertaktha.
Rahmat bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan.
Raja kita selemat bertaktha.
I finally shed my tears. It's not over the elections we may have lost. It's for the country we must never lose.
The winners and losers of GE13
By The Malaysian Insider
May 06, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — Take a bow, Malaysians. You are the big winner from GE13, you have firmly entrenched the two-coalition system in the country.
The days of Barisan Nasional (BN) having unfettered power are truly over. The result of 2008 was not a flash in the pan, it merely was the start of a trend. Yesterday, that trend continued and Malaysians gave Pakatan Rakyat (PR) 89 federal and 230 state seats and 51 per cent of the popular vote.
What is crystal clear is that many Malaysians want a system of check and balance.
Now the audition for the next polls begins. It is really up to BN to accept that despite the victory, much is wrong with the BN formula and that the non-Malays, especially Chinese, sought refuge with PR simply because the excesses of BN politics and overt racism in this beloved country have become intolerable.
For PR, today will be tough but the prized jewels of Selangor and Penang still remain in your clutches and your popular vote was some 240,000 over BN, despite facing a machine with billions of ringgit at its disposal.
But the fact remains that many Malays remain unsure about your policies and direction. And without the support of Malays in Malaysia, change is impossible.
All said, Malaysians take a bow. Activism is very much alive in this country and people were willing to speak up for their convictions and political ideals, stepping out of their comfort zones for what they believed. And turning out to vote in record numbers. That is true patriotism.
The other winners from GE13:
● Najib Razak
Though the BN performed worse than five years ago, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s (picture) position as the president of Umno is secure.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested a month ago that Najib could come under threat during the Umno polls in November if he did not matchTun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s position but the simple fact is that Brand Najib carried Umno to victory this time around.
Yes, money was thrown around like confetti and populist policies were the norm in the run-up to the polls but it is arguable that without his stamina on the stump, Umno would not have won so many seats. Hard to see anyone rising to challenge him from within Umno.
● Nurul Izzah Anwar
Don’t think there is a more loved politician than this woman of grace. Some tout her as a future prime minister but her rise and rise in Malaysian politics is testimony that you don’t have to indulge in muck raking and negative politics to come up.
When Nurul speaks, she talks about hope, so unlike many Malaysian politicians who fear monger. She was carried across the line against the financial might and organisation of Senator Raja Datuk Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin by Malaysians who truly cherish her humility and inclusiveness.
● Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud
He thumbs his nose at the MACC and doesn’t care what people think about his integrity or how well endowed all members of his family are. Why?
Because in Sarawak, he is king. Just before the Sarawak elections, Najib gave him a timetable to retire. Might as well junk that timetable.
He delivered big time for BN and sent a powerful message that he is truly formidable in Sarawak. Sad but true. No doubt helped by a fractured opposition. Any chance of the MACC visiting him soon? Don’t hold your breath.
● Liew Chin Tong
This young man is the architect of the DAP’s victory in Johor. He figured that PR might as well take the battle to the heart of Umno and BN rather than wait to be mauled and assaulted in their own strongholds.
He convinced a few party elders and rising stars to join him in Johor, and along the way, expanded the DAP’s federal seats total to 38 with the combined multi-racial support of Johor.
If there ever was a Johor Way, Liew found it and showed the rest of Malaysia that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
● Khairy Jamaluddin
Five years is a long time in politics and it has been a boon for a young man who has matured into an astute politician in his quiet way.
The Umno Youth leader also tripled his majority from 5,746 votes in Election 2008 to 18,357 in the May 5 general election, showing that there are BN politicians whose popularity is real in his constituency and beyond.
He has shown his party that his appeal is beyond the core conservative right-wing elements and that he can reach out to most Malaysians his generation. Umno and BN would do well to keep rising stars like him in the front and centre of their future government and campaigns.
This organisation must take some credit for energising Malaysians to go out and vote. Messrs Ambiga Sreenevasan and others have done a sterling job in making Malaysians understand that voting is a civic duty of every citizen and highlighting the many weaknesses of the current electoral system.
The record voter turnout of 80 per cent and the largely peaceful elections are proof that civil society has a large role and place in Malaysia.
The party is irrelevant. They might as well convene an EGM and drop the “C” from the MCA because the political party does not represent the Chinese community.
They hung their whole campaign on scaring the Chinese voters about PAS and hudud and this plan of action had little traction. More than anything else, the failure of the hudud strategy shows how out of touch the party is with the aspirations of the community.
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and gang should make way. And the MCA? Time has come for race-based parties to fold.
● The mainstream media
Time to punish the lies of the mainstream media. The Star, Utusan Malaysia, NST and others have dragged down the noble profession of journalism.
But their lies and scare-mongering didn’t work. More than 50 per cent of the country voted for PR, which performed better than in 2008.
The message is out there: Malaysians prefer balance and the truth. Malaysians generally have a sense of justice and hate it when only one side of the story is told, even more so when the bad guys are always the opposition.
Remember this fact, mainstream media. Urban Malaysia voted for PR and that is your circulation and advertising market.
How about this, Malaysians? Put the mainstream on probation for a week and if they still don’t change, start a massive boycott and hit them where it hurts.
● Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and Datuk Ibrahim Ali
And the gongs for the most popular losers go to the BN candidates for Shah Alam and Pasir Mas. May these two Perkasa chaps fade away.
They represent something which no country needs: divisiveness. How both are feted/treated will be a measure of Najib’s commitment to reconciliation.
Last night, Najib blamed opposition politics for the strong swing of Chinese voters away from BN.
We suggest that detailed analyses be kept until all the data is in but it is likely that the Indians also did not return to BN in a big way.
And before TV3 and the mainstream media start bashing the non-Malays and blaming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, please remember the contributions of Dr Mahathir and other Umno politicians who spooked Malays daily with their rhetoric over possible loss of Malay privileges if PR took control of Putrajaya.
The sad fact is that after 56 years, much is still seen through the race prism. First-world infrastructure but still a people defined by colour of skin?
● Election Commission
The less said about this bunch, the better. Impartial? No. Professional? No. We am not talking about the thousands of volunteers and ground level staff of the EC, we are referring to the upper echelon of the EC. The ones who ignored all the complaints and said it was business as usual.
MAY 6 — The day after GE13 I woke up to see all-black Facebook profile pictures.
I see something wrong with the picture here. I cast my vote based on the belief that a better Malaysia meant a more effective system of check and balance.
Post-election, I feel we’re still missing the point: we’re not focusing on the real stumbling blocks, the game-changers so to speak.
1) A disconnect with the rural voters, who either don’t care or don’t know about a better Malaysia. As far as they’re concerned, it’s more important to feed their families. If the urban supporters don’t acknowledge and address that, the opposition will always remain opposition. How many urban voters understand that a big part of the real Malaysia lies in the rural areas? How many have even been to a rural village? I have. And it smote me that they were so poor. I visited a Sarawak longhouse once and when I gave a grandma RM100 as a thank-you token, the look of shock and gratitude in her eyes haunted me for a long time afterwards. I found out later that’s how much they earn in one month — to feed one whole family.
2) Our real bogeyman was gerrymandering. As a friend put it, one vote in a Sarawak urban constituency equals six rural votes. Why was it not addressed before the election? That was the deal-breaker. Why were so much resources dedicated to the urban constituencies which were foregone conclusions? At this point, there is no conclusive evidence voting was rigged in some constituencies though I am sceptical of the manner in which some were won but “magic” alone couldn’t have orchestrated so many wins. While all eyes were on the cities with 100k voters, the sub-10k constituencies were quietly narrowing the gap.
The kampung folk were the real king makers.
Then why did Pakatan Rakyat give out an early victory cry? I believe it’s a war strategy. A general has to create the illusion of victory, even when you know it’s beyond reach, to keep your solders’ spirits high. Sometimes it makes the difference between losing and winning. Sometimes it doesn’t.
I believe the primary goal was so that the urban voters would not lose heart and come out in big numbers. And it worked. Because they (the city people) did and they sent out a powerful message to the ruling party. And that is why, in my heart, I believe it was a victory, not a loss.
Folks. With key losses by high-profile candidates, Malaysians sent out a clear message that racially-incited politics was NOT cool.
Even fence-sitters are awakening politically. On the eve of Polling Day, I attended a ceramah, and I had never seen so many people on the streets of Ipoh in my life, united for a common cause.
If that’s not change, I don’t know what is.
It’s not all bleak.
It’s not the time to mourn.
It’s time to carry on. Re-energise and get cracking.
Because we have a lot of work to do before GE14. And by “we”, I mean ALL of us Malaysians: BN has to work triply hard to restore our faith if the rulers-to-be mean what they say about a more moderate brand of politics, and Pakatan has to plug the cracks in its armour and fortify itself to make even more headway in the next election.
Before you know it, it’d be another five years.
Five years — it’s not that long.
* Alexandra Wong (www.nooksandgems.com) is not a political analyst, just a Malaysian who wants the best for her tanah air.
ANALYSIS, May 8 ― The popular vote in Election 2013 tells the story of a “Bangsa Malaysia” generation voting for the first time and across racial lines, but for Barisan Nasional (BN), blaming Chinese voters is far more convenient to ensure unity and mask strategies that failed.
Some three million of the 13.3 million voters cast their ballots for the first time in last weekend’s polls and many likely did so for BN’s foes Pakatan Rakyat (PR), who vowed to end cronyism, excess expenditure and endemic corruption.
These first-time voters, mainly below 30, grew up in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rule, where the country’s longest-serving prime minister launched his Vision 2020 in 1991 and spoke of a “Bangsa Malaysia” (Malaysian Race) who competed on meritocracy in a developed nation.
They left BN losing seven more federal seats than in Election 2008, for a total of 133 out of 222. The tale in the 12 state assemblies was even worse ― BN managed just 275 seats against PR’s 230 out of the 505 seats contested.
“They neglected ‘Bangsa Malaysia’. And now you see how the younger generation are voting,” veteran newsman and editor Datuk A. Kadir Jasin told The Malaysian Insider, referring to BN.
He had blogged about the May 5 general election results, saying BN’s weaker showing pointed to a strong wave of rejection from all Malaysians and not just from the minority Chinese.
“Is it not possible that this is not a Chinese tsunami or racial chauvinism but a Malaysian tsunami that is centred on the aspiration and new reality, especially among young voters?” the man who had been group editor-in-chief of the public-listed News Straits Times Press during the Mahathir administration wrote in his blog.
Other pundits and politicians have also debunked the “Chinese tsunami” theory, saying the greater popular vote that went to PR was multi-racial in nature and due to a swing in the urban and middle-class electorate that saw Malaysia’s urban-rural rift widen.
They also said BN and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia’s banner headline “What else do the Chinese want?” yesterday was a clear sign of finding an external bogeyman to deflect attention from party leaders and strategies that failed in Election 2013.
BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak suggested the “Chinese tsunami” for the coalition’s defeat early Monday morning, which MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek took up and later reinforced by MIC leader Datuk M. Saravanan yesterday. Dr Mahathir also blamed the loss on “ungrateful Chinese” and “greedy Malays”, apart from questioning BN strategists whose ideas failed.
But critics point out that Dr Mahathir actively campaigned for BN, especially the two Malay rights group Perkasa candidates ― Datuk Ibrahim Ali in Pasir Mas and Datuk Zulkifli Noordin in Shah Alam, who have riled up non-Malays for racist remarks over the years.
Both contested in Malay-majority federal seats but lost, further evidence that BN was wrong about the Chinese being the main cause of their electoral losses.
Dr Mahathir, however, was right about the BN strategists, some of whom pitched for personal attacks against opposition leaders, fear mongering and running down PR’s manifesto through various media channels and dominating advertising space.
“Blaming the DAP for confusing voters into believing that they can change the government just shows how brilliant DAP strategists are compared with BN’s,” said a public relations expert, who declined to be named.
“These BN strategists just want to hide the fact that they misread the ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ youths, so just pin the blame on the Chinese whose vote was discounted in the first place,” he added.
A BN war room source also pointed out the coalition’s internal surveys had shown it would perform worse than in Election 2008, when they won 140 seats. “We were always going to get below 140, so 133 is no surprise,” he said.
“It is easier to blame voters and other parties for the losses but the fact is our election machinery failed us in some places while PR’s was better,” he added.
“PR’s machinery was impressive and they talked about issues and race relations. That helped them a lot,” the BN war room official said.
But for now, he said it was easier for a bitter BN to blame DAP and the Chinese, whose strong support in the 1999 elections shored up Dr Mahathir’s position after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked for sodomy and corruption charges that sparked months-long protests.
The Chinese form 28 per cent of Malaysia’s 29 million population of which less than half have registered to vote. Despite the low number of voters, the Election Commission (EC) said voter turnout on Sunday was a record 84.84 per cent.
Of that number, BN polled 5,237,699 votes for the 222 federal seats to Pakatan Rakyat parties’ combined 5,623,984 ballots.
The three-party pact of PKR, PAS and the DAP also surpassed BN in the state seats, pulling in 4,879,699 votes to the 13-member coalition’s 4,513,997 ballots.
Malaysians cast their ballots in the most important election in the nation’s history on Sunday. On Election Day, as had been predicted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, reports of electoral fraud were widespread. Although the Prime Minister Najib Razak had just a few days earlier given his categorical assurance that the election would be clean, a mountain of evidence started piling up to negate his assertion.
It was discovered that despite years of pressuring the Malaysian Election Commission (EC) to ensure a free, fair and unbiased election the EC continued to demonstrate its incompetence and lack of professionalism. Furthermore, evidence has emerged that websites in Malaysia are being selectively and deliberately blocked to prevent the free flow of independent information.
At early voting stations in Kuala Lumpur on April 30, independent election observers witnessed that the indelible ink being used as a mechanism to prevent multiple voting could be removed with hand sanitizer or soapy water. These reports were confirmed by independent news portal Malaysiakini, one of Malaysia’s most well regarded online news portals. Indelible ink is supposed to remain visible on the voter’s finger for a minimum of five to seven days so that an individual who tries to vote more than once will be turned away. In Malaysia, the ink can be removed quite easily shortly after it is applied. Over 50,000 military servicemen voted in early voting on April 30 and could have voted again on the May 5 polling date as a result of the faulty ink.
On May 5 there were 1000s of reports of voters being able to wipe the indelible ink off their hands quite easily. In response the Election Commissioner stated it was not a big deal since there would be no voting the following day.
In 2012 the Election Commission gave assurances to civil society groups which had staged large street protests in Kuala Lumpur that it would implement indelible ink. But the ink that was ultimately used proved to be defective and useless, casting a dark shadow on the integrity of the electoral process.
The investigative journalist website SarawakReport along with Anwar Ibrahim himself disclosed emails linking the Prime Minister’s Office to charter dozens of flights arranged to bring thousands of people from Borneo to Peninsular Malaysia. There are thousands of Indonesians and Bengali workers employed by palm oil plantations on the island of Borneo. In response to allegations that this was a coordinated effort to move voters into swing distracts to cast illegal ballots, UMNO Secretary General Tengku Adnan Mansor said that the airplanes were part of a get out the vote effort paid for by friends of the ruling party.
On Election Day numerous witnesses encountered busloads of voters brought to polling stations. When confronted, the voters on these busses did not look like Malaysians and many of them could not perform simple tasks like sing the national anthem or recite the address on their national ID card.
Across Malaysia there were dozens of parliamentary and state races that were decided by less than 1,000 votes. It is entirely possible that a few hundred voters placed into these marginal areas could have determined outcomes.
The mainstream media is completely controlled by the government and denied access to the opposition. Malaysia ranks 145 on Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index and has dropped in the ranking every year since 2003. During the campaign period countless hours of airtime and dozens of pages of newsprint are dedicated to promoting lies and misinformation about the opposition without providing any opportunity for rebuttal. There can be no real democracy with such a lopsided and biased media environment.
Throughout the last five years Malaysian authorities have arrested bloggers under charges of sedition and treason. On May 1 a blogger running the site milosuam.blogspot.co.uk was arrested at the headquarters of the People’s Justice Party outside of Kuala Lumpur. Initial reports indicate he was arrested for treason.
Based on the voter list gazetted in March 2013 the following has been identified:
- Postal voters who by definition are engaged in national service with a national origin from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Indonesia
- 28,000 Philippinos and Indonesians designated as voters based in Sabah but casting ballots in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor state
- The Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project has identified countless examples of dubious registrations in the voter file including instances of 100s of registered voters residing in a single home, foreign nationals listed as registered voters, individuals registered doubly as regular and postal voters,
The Election Commission acknowledged many of these problems but failed to take adequate steps to resolve them.
Since Parliament was dissolved, independent news sites were targets of massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and selective blocking within Malaysia. While the exact mechanism of the blocking is being investigated, visitors to these websites as well as those of Malaysiakini, RadioFreeSarawak.com and SarawakReport.org experienced slow downs or sudden drops in service.
After 56 years of single-party, semi-authoritarian rule the majority of Malaysians decided it is time to change the government. Polling by independent groups indicated that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition will win a clear majority of the seats in the Federal Parliament and gain control of at least seven of Malaysia’s fourteen states and territories. Many Malaysians today are furious that a government that is desperate to retain power at all costs has hijacked their Constitutional rights.
Dr Azeem Ibrahim is the Executive Chairman of The Scotland Institute and Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.