Saturday, April 28, 2007

Malaysia's Reputation And Democratic Credentials Biggest Loser At Violent Ijok By-elections.

This by-election will probably go down in our history as the worst in terms of dirty politicking and the increased incidents of violence. As incredible as it seems, the regrettable happenings actually took place in Malaysia instead of in some other more violence prone third world country. What has become of the gentlemanly hustings of yore when opposing candidates could exchange friendly banter between campaigns and supporters of both sides looked upon each other as temporary yet friendly rivals? How and when did thuggery make its quiet entry into Malaysia's electoral system and practice?

All I can say is that whoever wins this by-election later in the evening (unofficial reports indicate that the BN has won), Malaysia's credibility as a model democracy and its quite reputable conduct of fair, violence-free elections has taken a bad beating. If the mainstream media is to be totally believed, then the opposition Keadilan supporters must comprise mostly thugs, gangsters and other roughnecks out to physically injure those from Barisan. There is no doubt that the Keadilan people did manhandle some supporters from BN and even blocked the Deputy Prime Minister's motorcade. Something unheard of in the past. There were also allegations that two buses ferrying Umno Puteri members were pelted with stones. Fortunately no injuries were reported.

Of course any report of this nature from the mainstream media must be taken with a dollop of salt. Still, even if twenty percent of what happened is true, that in itself is bad enough. I must hasten to add that we have not heard about the huru-hara perpetrated by Barisan supporters. To pretend that they are incapable of or did not engage in equal measures of violence, is to be foolish. Their significant contribution to the shameful conduct in this by-election will be out soon via the internet media. All said, I hope that this is the very last time we shall see such un-Malaysian behaviour during the polls.

Read about the IGP's views on the polls here: No Untoward Incident In Ijok Polls, Says IGP

Update: The Barisan Nasional retained the Ijok state seat with increased majority of 1,850 votes in today's keenly-fought by-election, returning officer Haris Kassim announced at 8.42 tonight.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wrong. The biggest looser is Anwar. You have betrayed yourself as an Anwar supporter that Anwar can do no wrong or harm but good only.

9:15 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Dear anonymous 9.15 PM, please read this post of mine regarding my opinion on Anwar.

9:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you r damn right about Anwar. And Najib has done a darn good job in dismissing him.

I think any voters with the chinese education background will forever remember him till today. no matter where he goes WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANWAR. A BIG NO NO!!!

9:54 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

One said he was against Chinese education and needed to be re-modeled and the other said, he would like to bathe the keris with Chinese blood. I wonder which one is worse. So now that the people of Ijok have voted for the BN, I guess then it is (semua)-OK to back the person who said he would like to bathe his keris with Chinese blood.
And with the results, the rape of the nation continues. May God have mercy on us all.

10:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 2 negatives here for pkr

1) Chinese did NOT forget abt Anwar anti Chinese policy

2) PKR = PAS (sama saja) - so basically you can kiss the NON Muslim vote good bye

11:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maju mat rempit. same as mugabe goons in zimbabwee? no, until you see the 50,000 mat rempits roped in by umno roaming in town. then, you see how low they can go.

1:08 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is wise to make deductions based on facts.

If you analyse carefully the results, you will find Chinese voters contribute significantly to PKR votes while Malays and Indian votes go opposite ways ......

7:54 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anony 1106

If u think non-muslim do not favor PKR, then, they r with BN. So they think BN is the better devil. But what has PAS done to nonMUslim so far? Look at BN, they can bully non-muslim at any time they like, and when time they need nonmuslim's help, they'll sing a different tune. Stil, nono muslim think BN is better. To me, UMNO = PAS or worst. So, do we hv a choice? What do the non muslim fear about PAS? If PAS is not PAS in name, I think it will be easier for the opposition to survive.

50years is more than enough. If we can't see where BN is leading us to, we need a change.

Sad thing is, the systems are being corrupted down to root. Even the rakyat are corrupted. They gave in to the name of development in exchange of their souls. Can't they see what good we hv received under the same admin for the past 50 years? Their promises never fulfilled. They brought us more racial segregation problems, they play religious issues to blind their kind,....

Wake up or our country will be doomed.

8:39 AM GMT+8  

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