Posts Tagged ‘Sarawak Election

14
May
16

Sarawak Election – Surge of voter turnout defies logic

Bizarre leap in S’wak voter turnout defies logic

COMMENT Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has expressed concern over the surprising rise in voter turnout in the Sarawak polls from 52 percent at 4pm to 70 percent at midnight, and has urged the Election Commission (EC) to look into the matter.

The near surreal upsurge of voter turnout at the last moment, I would like to stress, is a very grave discrepancy

The number of votes cast at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm are 44%, 50%, 52% and 70% respectively.

It shows that the pace of voters’ arrival had been reducing gradually in the afternoon to a slow pace of 2% per hour until 4pm, when it suddenly surged nine times to reach 18% per hour.

Can this most fantastic spectacle be verified by eyewitnesses? Could our polling stations handle 200,000 voters in one hour?

Why didn’t the EC announce the last turnout rate promptly at 5pm as it had done earlier at hourly intervals? Why did the EC have to delay the last announcement until midnight?

Such bizarre happenings give rise to strong public suspicion of massive padding up of ballot boxes before counting began.

Hence, the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must move in immediately to seize all computers and ballot boxes from the EC for a thorough investigation to ascertain the true cause of such massive discrepancy.

United DAP-PKR could have made difference

On another matter, while the numbers suggest DAP or PKR would have lost their overlapped seats anyway, even if either party had contested singly against BN, let’s consider this.

The PKR-DAP clash over the six seats had generated animosity that broke up their partnership in the entire election campaign, adversely affecting electoral support for all seats contested by them.

Imagine, if there had been no such break-up, their individual campaigns participated by both parties would have been more powerful and convincing, and the candidates of both parties would have received more cross-party electoral support, besides avoiding repudiation by electorate infuriated by the inter-party clash.

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Bizarre leap in S’wak voter turnout defies logic
Kim Quek
9 May 2016

14
May
16

Sarawak Election – Gerrrymandering and low voter turnout

Kit Siang blames seat changes and low turnout

DAP leader claims Alan Ling the ‘greatest victim’ of new boundaries for ‘BN-created constituencies’

PETALING JAYA: The DAP has blamed changes in electoral boundaries for the party’s defeat in yesterday’s elections to the Sarawak state assembly.

DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang said that the changes, which he described as gerrymandering, favoured Barisan Nasional and had resulted in Sarawak DAP losing five of the 12 seats it previously held.

Lim congratulated Sarawak BN leader Adenan Satem for the party’s convincing victory, taking 72 seats in the 82-seat assembly. The DAP was returned in seven seats and PKR was re-elected to three seats.

He claimed that Adenan’s forecast of winning at least 70 seats had been based on gerrymandering in redrawing the state assembly seat boundaries.

He pinpointed Alan Ling Sie Kiong, the Sarawak DAP secretary, as “the greatest victim of such BN-created constituencies” for his defeat in Piasau.

Ling, dubbed a giant-killer, had won the seat in 2011 by defeating George Chan, then SUPP president, with a majority of 1,590 votes. On Saturday, he was unseated by SUPP secretary Sebastian Ting who won a comfortable 2,112-vote majority, polling 7,799 votes against Ling’s 5,687.

Piasau was one of the seats involved in the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation of state assembly seats last year, in which 12 new seats were created.

In a statement issued at a news conference in Kuching today, Lim also blamed lower turnout as a factor in the party’s defeat.

He said Sarawak DAP could have retained the 12 state assembly seats from 2011 if the voter turnout had been closer to the 76.3 percent turnout for the 2013 parliamentary election. He claimed that voter turnout yesterday was only 68.1 percent. However, the Election Commission said today that the turnout was 70.1 percent, or the same level as at the 2011 election.

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Kit Siang blames seat changes and low turnout
May 8, 2016 – FMT

05
May
16

Why Sarawakians must vote for a strong Opposition?

Sarawak Elections

Why Sarawakians must vote for a strong Opposition?

VIEWPOINT: The spotlight in the coming week is on the Sarawak election. All of Malaysia will be watching anxiously to see the outcome.

The great majority of analysts are of the opinion that the BN under Adenan Satem will win big. Even the Opposition has conceded that it will be an uphill battle for them to prevent the BN from getting a large majority – perhaps even bigger than in the last elections.

As for me, I agree that the BN will win. However, l am very concerned that if a landslide victory takes place, it will send the wrong message to the government as well as to the country.

The message which will be sent out is that we do not need to punish the successor regime to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, who is notorious all over the world as a leader who had engaged in large scale corrupt dealings and ruthlessly exploited the natural resources of his state to become one of the richest men in the country.

It is an open secret that the “white hair”, together with his family and other cronies, have raped the forests and depleted the treasury of the state, leaving the majority of the people, especially the indigenous communities and urban poor, impoverished and struggling to survive.

Voters in Sarawak must realise that if they do not take the opportunity at the ballot box to vote for the Opposition on May 7, the rest of the world will assume the following:

1 Sarawakians have forgiven Taib for his over 33 years’ of corruption and abuse of state power which has destroyed the future of hundreds of thousands of families. They think it is perfectly okay for Taib to become a multi-billionaire with most of his money taken out of Kuching and invested in Britian, Canada, the US and other countries. They also believe that his alleged net worth of RM45 billion is simply due to his wise investments from his chief minister’s salary! And the fabulous wealth of his other family members is also due to their hard work and ability.

2 Although this is a state-level election, they are also willing to forgive Prime Minister Najib Razak who is desperate to cling to power, despite all evidence pointing to his involvement in the 1MDB and personal donation scandals. Najib and other federal leaders have been taking an active part in the campaigning. Najib has been making all kinds of promises to Sarawakians, especially the native communities. If BN wins big, Sarawak voters can be seen as putting their full faith and trust in the disgraced PM; and by extension, be also seen as agreeing with Umno’s ketuanan Melayu and ketuanan Islam ideology for the nation.

I am especially concerned about what will happen to the Chinese votes in the election. The BN has made it clear that they are going to try to kill off the non-Malay opposition in the urban constituencies. To make sure that this can happen, Adenan is putting up wealthy Chinese candidates of the tycoon class in several constituencies.

Sarawak Chinese need to ask themselves some important questions when they are in the voting booths.

Are these super rich Chinese the right candidates to lead the Chinese? Will they be able to take care of the interests of the Chinese middle class and poor as well as the needs of the non-Chinese communities? Can we expect SUPP and other Chinese party candidates fighting under the BN banner to bring change and reform to the BN government?

Sarawak’s Chinese voters need to be reminded that it is mainly the rich Chinese in the state who are cronies of Taib Mahumd that have benefitted under BN rule. For many years, they closed their eyes to the official discrimination practiced against the Chinese – in education, government employment, business opportunities, culture and religion at state and federal levels.

This was the same pattern as found at the federal level where we had the MCA and Gerakan leaders sitting at the main table with Umno leaders enjoying grand dinners. This has been going on for the past 50 years. At this never-ending dinners for BN leaders and cronies, the occasional crumbs and bones left over from the dinner were thrown to the millions of Malaysians outside.

Today we find these tycoons going around giving out chicken feed ang pows to Chinese schools and associations in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and other towns and claiming that they are fighting to defend the position of the Chinese and to get a better deal from Umno and the federal government.

Come on! Do you think that candidates such as Tiong Thai King, Sim Hui Kian, Hii King Chiong, Pau Chiong Urn and Huang Tiong Hii are interested in anybody’s interests except their own?

Haven’t Sarawak Chinese learnt lessons from mainland Malaysia where the leaders of Chinese parties in Barisan have consistently sold out and ended up with big fortunes and Dato-ship and Tan Sri-ship.

It has been said that the Sarawak Chinese should vote for BN because the Opposition is weak and cannot get its act together. It is necessary to turn this argument around and to emphasise that it is precisely because the Opposition is weak that we should do more to support and keep it alive rather than kill it.

Malaysia – all of Malaysia, including Sarawak – needs the strongest Opposition possible so that we do not end up as a failed state and continue to lose our young people and best human resources to others. Instead of giving the BN an even stronger mandate to loot our economy, undermine our racial and religious harmony and further restrict our constitutional rights and freedoms, Sarawakians, including the Chinese, should stand up against what will basically be a continuation of the Taib regime. There will be a few cosmetic changes here and there.

But that will be it.

Hence the message on May 7 should be that we have had enough of dirty Datos and wealthy YBs. Enough of false promises and abuse of power and resources. And to get the message across and fight the BN power monopoly, we need the strongest Opposition possible.

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Why Sarawakians must vote for a strong Opposition?
by Aaron Hee
05 May 2016 – Ant Daily

04
May
16

BN’s Timber Tycoon Candidate For Repok Illegally Plundered Baram

BN’s Timber Tycoon Candidate For Repok Illegally Plundered Baram – EXPOSE

Radio Free Sarawak has revealed that Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s direct candidate for the Repok constituency, SUPP business tycoon Huang Tiong Sii, is the man behind MM Golden (M) Sdn Bhd, a company that clashed with the community fighting against the controversial Baram Dam for intimidating locals, blocking them from entering their native lands and illegally plundering timber from the area.

Our revelation comes just days after a press conference, where Chief Minister Adenan Satem, lashed out at critics for not giving him credit for cancelling the Baram Dam circulated on social media.

Anti-dam blockaders remain unsure if the mega-project has been officially cancelled and are waiting for a “black and white confirmation”, so continue to man their blockade.

In 2014, land owners from Long Keseh and Long Na’ah became aware of logging activities on their native lands by MM Golden and submitted an official complaint to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and lodged a police report against the company, the Forestry Department, Sarawak’s Ministry of Resource, Planning and Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources on the grounds that their native lands were being illegally logged.

Later that year, the company set up a logging camp near to the proposed Baram dam site, which was often manned by police and forestry officials. It was an issue that was raised by local communities and human rights groups at the time, who expressed concern over an “intimidating presence” in the area. The company also set up a road block to prevent the community from entering their land.

“The role of the police is to stop crime. The extraction of logs in the area of the proposed Baram Dam is a crime because the lands belong to the people of Long Kesseh and Na’ah.” said SAVE Rivers Chairman Peter Kallang

In an interview with Radio Free Sarawak today, Peter Kallang advised listeners:

Don’t vote for this kind of person, don’t give power to the robbers! We don’t want a warlord to govern us.

Up until now, locals have been in the dark about who Mr Huang Tiong Sii was. In fact, his candidacy was a surprise to his own party SUPP, who expressed alarm that Adenan had overridden their own choice for the Repok seat.

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BN’s Timber Tycoon Candidate For Repok Illegally Plundered Baram – EXPOSE
1 May 2016 – SR

02
May
16

DAP’s Sarawak election campaign gaining momentum

Sarawak Election

DAP at last whips up Saturday night election fever

S’WAK POLLS DAP’s Sarawak election campaign of is finally gaining momentum with a total of over 6,000 people turning up at their Saturday ceramah in three major towns, Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

This is seen as an encouraging development following the lacklustre response in the first five days of the opposition’s ceramah, which is a gauge of their support on the ground.

Approximately 2,300 showed up in Kuching ceramah, while 2,500 and 2,000 attended the ceramah in Sibu and Miri respectively.

The arrival of Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in Kuching on Friday saw over 2,000 turning up at a ceramah Jalan Tun Jugah, while a smaller crowd of 300 attended the one at Bintawa.

The roads linked to Jalan Tun Jugah were jammed with people rushing to catch sight of Lim.

Addressing the crowd, the DAP secretary-general continued to slam the 1MDB fiasco, saying people nationwide have had to bailout the Finance Ministry fund by paying its debts.

“Sarawak deserves better than that, you have vast resources but many are left in poverty,” he said.

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DAP at last whips up Saturday night election fever
1 May 2016 – Malaysiakini

26
Apr
16

Think of your future generations when you vote – An open letter to Sarawakians

An open letter to Sarawakians

“Think of your future generations when you vote and not your Chief Minister Adenan.”

Dear Sarawakians,

Are you not Malaysians? Take a look at your identity card or passport and see if you are a foreigner or a Malaysian?

Whether you like it or not or how you feel, you are at the moment still a Malaysian.

The only difference between Sarawak and the peninsula is the 1,000km separation by the South China Sea.

A state is run by the state assemblypersons that you elected and represented like mothers looking after the homes, while the elected Members of Parliament are like fathers working outside in search for a better living conditions for your homes.

To say that the state can only run by the elected state assemblypersons without having the assistant of the elected members of Parliament from the federal government is like saying the homes need only the mothers and not the fathers.

Don’t be naive to believe that whatever happened in the peninsula will not affect Sarawak.

Your Chief Minister, Adenan Satem, is trying to impress and build into your mind that Sarawak is somehow independent and does not need peninsular Malaysia. But, is he right?

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you pay taxes including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and where does the money go to? – Umno/BN federal government.

The billions of oil revenue generated and where does the money goes to? – Umno/BN federal government.

Who appointed your chief minister? – The Umno president.

Who allocates and appoints which MPs to be ministers at federal level? – The Umno president.

Who decides how many schools and universities to be built in Sarawak? – Umno/BN federal government.

Why only the Umno president can gives consent to build major infrastructures?

Are the laws and policies (Official secrets Act or OSA, Sedition Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act or Pota, National Security Council or NSC Act, etc) implemented by Umno/BN federal government not affecting you?

If the Umno/BN federal government has to bailout 1MDB, whose money do you think they will use? – Malaysians, the rakyat and that includes you, Sarawakians.

The above are just a few and the control by the Umno/BN federal government are by no means exhaustive.

This statement from your Chief Minister Adenan confirmed that you must think carefully about voting for Umno/BN.

‘Adenan vows to quit office if Umno enters Sarawak’, as reported by Malaysiakini.

Serious questions to ask

The serious question Sarawakians must ask are,

‘Why are everyone including the chief minister so afraid of Umno?’

The answers are plenty and we will just state a few.

In name the federal Government is governed by a coalition called BN but the truth is that Umno is the master that decides everything hence the coalition is now commonly known as Umno/BN.

Religious intolerance and racism have become worse under Umno/BN’s rule for nearly six decades.

Mismanagement, wastage and corruption are not tackled promptly by ministries and the relevant authorities and many have got away with it.

Sarawak is the richest state with blessed natural resources yet it is ranked third among the states which owed the federal government outstanding debts to a tune of RM2.5 billion. Where have the money gone to?

Umno/BN has not being performing as a democratic government should, instead, many are saying the nation is on the way towards a dictatorship and/or a police state.

The latest 1MDB twin mega scandals and how the Umno/BN federal government is doing its best to sweep it away just shows how they protect and defend themselves instead of revealing the truth to the rakyat.

Barring elected MPs from entering Sarawak and deeming them as extremists and undesirables proved Adenan is subservient to Umno/BN, if not what?

So, all in all Umno is a bad taste to Sarawakians including the Chief Minister Adenan.

But

Sarawakians, Umno may not be physically presence in the state but all the hallmarks of Umno controlling it are already there when you keep voting Umno/BN in.

Chief Minister Adenan may personally be a good guy but there is a limit to how much he can actually do (for the rakyat) when he is still under the control of the Umno president in the guise of the Umno/BN federal government.

If you are reading this article you must be quite familiar of what is going on in this country under the rule of Umno/BN for six decades. The fact is that nearly 70 percent of Sarawakians may not know the truth of the bad goings on with Umno/BN and you are duty bound to inform them and the final decision of whom they want to vote is theirs.

Richard Loh

An open letter to Sarawakians
Richard Loh
23 Apr 2016 – malaysiakini

27
Apr
11

Blackout in Senadin during Sarawak polls

The incident in Sarawak’s Senadin constituency involving PKR candidate Dr Michael Teo will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva today.

The disputed results on April 16 will form the spine of a presentation to be made by Sarawak Report (SR) and other observers of the recently concluded 10th Sarawak election.

According to SR blogger Clare Rewcastle Brown, “we will tell exactly what happened (in Sarawak)”.

Citing Senadin, she said PKR was leading by 1,000 odd-votes during the last ballot counting in Miri City Stadium when suddenly a blackout “conveniently occurred”.

The blackout, she said, lasted an hour during which time the Election Commission (EC) continued counting.

“Suddenly they brought in ‘postal’ votes at an illegally late hour and SUPP was declared ‘winners’ with a slim 58-vote majority.

“The EC also announced 158 spoiled votes favouring PKR. The commission refused a recount despite the fact that there was a clear case for it,” she said.

Brown added that the Senadin incident was only one example that SR was planning to present to the UN.

She said SR’s report to the UN would include the “mass disenfranchisement of much of the population in the interior”.

Continue reading ‘Blackout in Senadin during Sarawak polls’




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