Posts Tagged ‘By-elections


Why the sudden haste in appeal against Anwar?

Haste in the PP’s appeal against Anwar Ibrahim raises serious questions of judicial impartiality — Eric Paulsen

MARCH 6 — LFL is extremely concerned with the unholy haste in which our judiciary had fast tracked the Public Prosecutor’s appeal against Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case – a trumped up and politically motivated charge that had been universally condemned.

The sudden increase in judicial efficiency and swiftness to dispose off all matters relating to Anwar’s appeal the week before 11 March, nomination day for the Kajang by-election, certainly is unprecedented and raises serious questions on its independence and fairness.

The series of speedy events are as follows:

– the case management for the Public Prosecutor’s appeal against Anwar was heard on 28 February where the court set a very short date on 6 and 7 March for full hearing of the appeal despite the defence lawyers’ protestation that they were not available;

– these appeal dates were fixed despite the fact that 3 March had been fixed for hearing of Anwar’s third application to disqualify prominent Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah from leading the prosecution team;

– and 4 March had also been fixed to hear Anwar’s application/appeal at the Federal Court to recall Investigating Officer Jude Pereira as a witness.

This peculiar and hasty pattern continued when Anwar’s defence filed an application to stay the proceeding on the morning of 5 March which was promptly heard and dismissed on the same day – again, highly unusual.

It is highly inconceivable that there were so few cases that were scheduled to be heard in this first week of March that all of Anwar’s applications could be prioritised like they were meant to be disposed off so that the Public Prosecutor’s appeal could be heard at all cost on the dates fixed.

These series of unsavoury judicial manoeuvring once again lend credence to the widely held public perception that when it comes to politically motivated cases, especially those concerning Anwar, the criminal justice system is not impartial, free and independent.

LFL therefore calls upon the judiciary, the Public Prosecutor and the police to act fairly and independently when discharging their duties and responsibility – and not to seemingly conspire and work together to ensure that Anwar continuously faces trumped up charges in court or is convicted.

* This press statement was released by Eric Paulsen, Executive Director of Lawyers for Liberty.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malay Mail Online.

Haste in the PP’s appeal against Anwar Ibrahim raises serious questions of judicial impartiality — Eric Paulsen
March 6, 2014 – Malay Mail Online


Sibu voted for change

To all those who voted for change for a better Sibu, a Sarawak free from the shackles of wonton, unremitting greed of one man and his family, and a Malaysia fit for all, regardless of who we are, I have this to say. You have, by your robust, ethical response to Najib’s unprincipled behaviour, earned for yourselves an honourable place in the pages our country’s history. Sibu has restored my faith in my fellow citizens who possess in large measure attributes that once inspired my old English headmaster at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar to coin the phrase “the excellency of man.”

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Never before in Sibu

Never before in Sibu have we seen such a strong line of a multi-ethnic opposition coalition working together hand in hand way into the wee hours of the night to bring about change.

Never before in Sibu have we seen so many Malays proudly wearing DAP caps and wearing DAP shirts on the streets and sidewalk.

Never before in Sibu have we seen a Malay woman donning the tudung, hoisting a huge DAP flag.

Never before in Sibu kopitiam have we seen Chinese men inviting Malay PKR men (who are strangers to them) to engage in an amicable & spirited conversation about political issues and problems.

Never before in Sibu have we witnessed such a wide range of formerly-alleged-as “taboo” and “sensitive” issues analysed and discussed in front of a huge and eager multi-racial audience in such peace, non-hostility, and good faith.

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BN’s pyrrhic victory in Hulu Selangor

More important, the Hulu Selangor election result has shown that there is a majority of Malaysians whose vote cannot be bought and whose ideals are not in line with the BN’s. In particular, the younger voters yearn for justice, fair play and good governance – attributes which the BN seems to be incapable of embracing.

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Is it worth it, Najib?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak might have won the electoral battle at Hulu Selangor, but he sure has made a giant step of retreat in the defence of Putrajaya against the relentless advance of Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The orgy of election bribery indulged over those few days leading up to polling day yesterday would have put any other pseudo democracy to shame when comparing election excesses.

To induce votes, Najib and his colleagues made innumerable on-the-spot grants of cash and promises of goodies (many were conditional upon a Barisan Nasional (BN) win) that run easily to hundreds of millions of ringgit during that compact campaign period.

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By-elections are very different from a general election

Although it is sometimes indicative of the sentiments, by-elections bear their own histories, with wants and needs that differ from place to place. It is not an accurate premonition of the general election to come.

In fact, it can be totally opposite of the local sentiments.

The Ijok by-election in April 2007 was a good example of how local needs took precedence and portrayed a warped view of what was in store in the next general election.

After picking a relative unknown from MIC K Parthiban by giving him a 1,850-vote majority, the same voters returned the favour to PKR candidate, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who lost 11 months earlier, with a 1,920-vote majority in the 12th general election (GE).

Practicality ruled the day in Ijok as voters decided to accept any goodies that Barisan Nasional (BN) could dish out or promised to give for the remaining electoral months before shutting off Parthiban’s replacement from Umno Datuk Mohamed Sayuti Said in favour of Khalid.

With a little more than two years to go before the 13th GE, it looks like Hulu Selangor also chose to settle local governance issues and collect on old debts before deciding again on April 25.

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What I learned from the HS buy-election

What I learned from the HS buy-election
Art Harun
April 26, 2010

Okay guys. The by-erection is over.

As many of you might notice, I am a history freak. I just love history. I don’t know why. But one thing for sure, I like to look at how people behaved or acted before so that I could learn a lesson or two from them in order to enable me to predict how people will behave in the future. I think that’s part of the reason why I love history.

What can I learn from the Hulu Selangor buy-election?

First and foremost, this buy-erection teaches me the sure fire way on how to get something done in my constituency. Let’s say there are pot holes everywhere on the roads leading to my house. Or there is an old abandoned school project (there are everywhere, aren’t they?) which stands like a sore thumb in my housing area which has also doubled up as a drug haunt.

Let’s say my kids need a laptop each. And the old folks near my house need some help with their monthly expenditures to make ends meet. Or I need some road humps near my house because there are bloody idiots who drive 80kph on roads in housing estates in their Cayenne or whatever behemoth they drive. And I have been writing countless time to my MP to help. But there isn’t anything done.

The trick is to ask my MP to resign. Or to pray that he or she would kick the proverbial bucket.
Then a buy-erection would be declared. And oh my God wouldn’t all my prayers be answered instantly! The abandoned school project will immediately be revived. All the pot holes will instantly disappear. My kids will get new laptop. The road humps will suddenly grow on the road in front of my house. Like wow wow.

And I tell you what. If Barisan Nasional wins, I could even get to go to Putrajaya to see the Prime Minister who will see to it that a sum of RM3 million or whatever will be allocated for my mosque, Chinese school or whatever. Fooh…like tawdally simply happenin’.

I also learned from this buy-election that many Malays do not know the difference between a “gift” (for which they should be thankful or grateful) and something which they are already entitled to.

Yes. I am talking about the RM50000.00 each paid to 100 FELDA settlers. That money was not a gift from the government. Nor was it a contribution of any sort from the government. That money belonged to the settlers in the first place because their lands have been taken away more than 10 years ago. That money was long due to them. So there was nothing to be thankful to the government for paying it.

I mean, should I thank you if you had taken my Porsche GT3 (note: this is just an example. I do not have a Porsche GT3 or any Porsche for that matter) about 4 years ago and now you pay me 500 bucks for it?

Yes. But the FELDA settlers could not differentiate between the two. They are owed about a million each for their lands. They are now paid 50000 bucks and they thought it was a gift.

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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?