Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Development Pledges Not Vote-Buying," Says Election Commission Chairman!

Speaking like a senior politician of the Barisan Nasional, the Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said that development promises by ministers to voters during an election cannot be construed as vote-buying. Neither can allocations, given out in kind by ministers during elections, be deemed as bribing voters!

Abdul Rashid further explained that "ministers and functionaries, people connected to the government, they're doing their job." He stressed, however, that election candidates and political parties cannot make promises to voters during an election.

Great! so its OK to bribe the bloody voters outright by dispensing all sorts of goodies, BUT you should not promise anything. Don't tell them that they would be bribed tomorrow, that will be an offence. Just hand over the rasuah today and the ministers and other good-hearted and benevolent pemimpin would be only doing their job!

In any case, the enlightened Election Commission chairman has made it quite clear that vote-buying was not the EC's problem. "It is for the Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate. We are not given the power to handle corrupt practices," he said, adding that the EC could only advise people to take part in the elections in "a clean way".

"Of course, if evidence is there, the party can bring the case to court and they (the courts) will decide," he said.

I wonder if this is the practice in genuine democracies or whether it is peculiar to our country? Like a modern-day Pontius Pilate, Abdul Rashid has washed his hands of any responsibility to curb or discourage the criminal act of pouring in taxpayers' money to buy votes. "Not my problem bradder. I just want to ensure that I stay as Chairman for another few more terms." Thank you Tan Sri. I'm positive that the grateful government will take into consideration the 'saya yang menurut perintah' attitude you so convincingly exhibit.

Detailed report in TheSun.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah, passing the buck.

If you know there might be corruption going on in an election that you're supposed to oversee, that means your process fails. What's the use of having you around then? Even if it's not your scope, then did you at least report it to the ACA?

No right? Because not your bloody problem, right?


7:05 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous outsider said...

Pity Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman. He has to close both eyes to the machinations of the rotten corrupt system, of which he is a bit player. Try anything funny and he not only loses his job, but also his pension and his Tan Sri-ship.

9:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Rashit's term is expiring this year and he should really go. He is making the Integrity Institution a big joke.Remember the plunder he was responsible in the 2004 GE? Integrity for these types of officials? It's as rare as finding a diamond along Malaysian roads!

9:54 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the continuation of "dark chapters" in our electoral history that the SPR is incapable of providing a level playing field and being fair in the conduct of elections. The civic society comprising intellectual matured Malaysians are not dumb, blind and deaf. Many non-partisan Malaysians are openly criticizing this body for being impotent to democratic principles and fair play. When power play is concerned, many throw their religious principles into the wind no matter what positions they hold in public offices.

7:31 PM GMT+8  

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