IJOK: KEADILAN TERUS BERJUANG MENUJU KEMENANGAN

May 4, 2007

S. Husin Ali,  Timbalan Presiden KeADILan

Sehari selepas pembuangan undi di Ijok, Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi (MPT) keADILan bermesyuarat. Ia merupakan mesyuarat bulanan biasa, tetapi menumpukan banyak masa untuk membincang pilihanraya kecil itu dan keputusannya. Walaupun dianggap “kalah”, namun para pemimpin yang hadir, termasuk Dr Wan Azizah (Presiden), Anwar Ibrahim (Penasihat) dan Khalid Ibrahim (Calon) semuanya bersemangat tinggi serta optimis.

Mesyuarat menegaskan semula pendirian Parti, seperti yang diumumkan oleh Khalid dalam sidang media selepas keputusan diketahui. Parti keADILan mempertikai keputusan pilihanraya kecil itu dan mencela taktik-taktik kotor Umno-Bn, dengan bantuan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) dan polis. Kami akan melancarkan kempen meluas dalam negara dan di kalangan masyarakat antarabangsa untuk mendedahkan segalanya.

Kami mendapati banyak bukti penipuan, rasuah dan ugutan. Banyak contoh diberi khusus oleh media internet. Kami sedang mengutip dan mengumpul secara sistematis segala bukti untuk menyiapkan sebuah laporan. Laporan ini akan digunakan dalam kempen mendedah proses pilihanraya itu dan mendesak reformasi SPR, undang-undang serta penyelenggaan pilihanraya di Malaysia. Ini untuk memastikan pilihanraya yang bersih dan adil bagi masa akan datang.

Ijok menunjukkan Umno-Bn terus menggunakan Stategi 3M untuk melakukan penipuan, rasuah dan ugutan secara besar-besaran bagi memenangi pilihanraya. 3M merujuk kepada “Machinery” (Jentera), “Media” (Media) dan “Money” (Wang).

M1: JENTERA

Dengan sumber kewangan yang besar Umno–Bn di Ijok berjaya menggerakkan jentera parti dengan berkesan. Mereka bolehlah memuji diri sendiri. Akan tetapi kami membantah keras penggunaan jentera Kerajaan, terutama SPR dan polis, yang dengan tidak silu-silu berkhidmat demi kepentingan pemerintah, walaupun sepatutnya mereka bertindak bebas.

Sudah lama SPR gagal membersihkan pengundi hantu dari daftar undi. Ramai nama orang yang sudah mati masih ada dalam daftar di Ijok. Anehnya, beberapa dari antara mereka “keluar mengundi”, dan kami berjaya mengenal pasti siapa. Terdapat juga nama 31 orang yang berumur lebih100 tahun. Nampaknya tiada mereka yang “keluar”. Adakah mereka wujud? Mungkinkah nama mereka digunakan oleh orang lain – pengundi hantu?

Selain itu terdapat antara 5-15 orang berdaftar dalam beberapa buah rumah sama. Petugas keADILan gagal mengenalpasti mereka, dan penduduk tempatan memberitahu mereka tidak ketahui begitu ramai sekali penghuni di rumah-rumah tersebut. Selanjutnya, petugas kami yang pergi dari rumah ke rumah, mendapati kira-kira 1000 pengundi yang tidak dikenali siapa dan di mana mereka tinggal, walaupun oleh penduduk tempatan sendiri.

Semua ini menunjukkan kemungkinan wujudnya pengundi hantu. Apabila aduan umum dibuat tentang perkara ini, Setiausaha SPR dengan muka tebal berkata, “Jika kaki mereka berjejak di bumi, mereka bukan hantu”. Adakah beliau cuba berseloroh? Sebenarnya ini merupakan kenyataan seorang pegawai tidak bertangungjawab..

Tentang polis pula, mereka datang beramai – dengan uniform, tanpa uniforn, menunggang kuda dan menaiki helikopter. Angka rasmi menyebut terdapat 1500 anggota polis di Ijok waktu itu. Ertinya seorang polis bagi tiap-tiap lapan orang pengundi. KPN Musa Hassan pun turut hadir.

Ada yang mengatakan Musa tidak mempercayai ketua polis daerah dan negeri di bawahnya. Atau adakah benar seperti yang dibisikkan ramai bahawa beliau mempunyai tugas tersembunyi dengan pucuk pimpinan Umno-Bn untuk memastikan kemenangan? KPN ini ada kepentingan peribadi untuk melihat keADILan dan Anwar kalah.

Pasukan polis cuba menggagalkan sekurang-kurangnya tujuh buah ceramah keADILan, kerana konon tidak mempunyai permit. Pada hal parti telah memberitahu mereka lebih awal tentang ceramah tersebut. Sungguh aneh peraturan begitu ketat terus dikenakan dalam masa kempen pilihanraya. Sehari dua sebelum hari mengundi, keADILan memohon permit untuk 11 ceramah. Anehnya tiga ditolak atas alasan TPM Najib dan Jabatan Penerangan mempunyai program di tempat berdekatan. Mengapa berat sebelah?

Saya berani mengatakan bahawa tindakan-tindakan polis ini adalah sengaja untuk membuat provokasi supaya petugas-petugas keADILan dan orang ramai bertindak liar. Mereka sudah bersedia dengan jurugambar dari stesen televisyen dan juga skuad TV Cawangan Khas, untuk mengambil gambar seandainya berlaku kekacauan yang tidak diingini. Mereka kecewa kerana dalam semua kes, para petugas parti dan pendengar ceramah bersabar dan bersurai dengan aman.

Ada satu lagi peranan pelik yang dimainkan oleh beberapa orang polis terpilih yang tidak memakai uniform. Kami diberitahu oleh sumber Umno dan polis yang sangat dipercayai bahawa mereka digunakan sebagai pengundi hantu, terutama dalam setengah jam terakhir sebelum pengundian ditutup. Mereka menggunakan kad pengenalan palsu dan sebahagian dari 2000 kertas undi sudah bertanda yang tersimpan di balai polis. Khabarnya ada di antara mereka yang membuang lebih dari satu undi. Hal ini perlu disiasat.

M2: MEDIA

Mengenai media perdana yang dikuasai atau dipengaruhi oleh parti-parti pemerintah atau nomini tertentu, mereka secara meluas memberikan liputan penuh kepada kegiatan dan kenyataan pemimpin parti pemerintah. Sebaliknya, para pemimpin pembangkang, terutama Anwar, Kit Siang dan Ustaz Hadi di”black-out”.

Pelbagai berita dan maklumat tentang calon, pemimpin dan parti keADILan diputar belit. Apabila Anwar menggerakkan tangan dan kaki secara sopan senada dengan mainan musik untuk menghibur pengundi-pengundi India, televisyen yang dikuasai atau dipengaruhi pemerintah menyiar gambarnya berulang-ulang kali. Ulasan selari mengenainya mendakwa Anwar melakukan tindakan yang bertentangan dengan Islam. Dakwaan ini mirip “libel” dan Anwar boleh mengambil tindakan undang-undang jika beliau mahu.

Lebih teruk lagi, televisyen mengulang tayang dalam siaran berita berturut hari gambar yang menunjukkan calon keADILan seolah-olah menyeru supaya pengundi menyokong Bn. Boleh jadi Khalid tersasul. Tetapi Khalid menegaskan stesyen tersebut membuang perkataan “jangan” sehingga “jangan undi Bn” menjadi “undi Bn”.

Walau apapun, pihak stesyen TV bertindak tanpa moral secara oportunis untuk menimbulkan kekacauan fikiran di kalangan pengundi dan juga penonton di luar Ijok. Khalid tidak diberi peluang sama sekali untuk memberi penjelasan. Hal ini boleh berlaku, terutama semasa musim pilihanraya, kerana media yang bebas, bertanggung jawab dan beretika hampir tidak wujud di negara ini.

M3: WANG

Wang digunakan sepenuhnya oleh Umno-Bn untuk menyogok pengundi.Tiga hari sebelum penamaan calon, MB Selangor mengumumkan kerajaan negeri memutuskan peruntukan RM36 juta untuk dibelanjakan dalam tempoh kempen bagi membina atau membaiki kemudahan awam seperti jalan, parit, lampu jalan dan sebagainya. Sepanjang masa kempen Timbalan PM pula mengumumkan peruntukan yang besar jumlahnya bagi membina masjid (RM5 juta) dan membaiki masjid lama (RM800,000), serta juga kuil dan macam-macam lagi.

Adalah dianggarkan sebanyak RM100 juta wang kerajaan (yang rakyat punya) dibelanja untuk berbagai-bagai projek bagi membeli undi. Umno-Bn hingga hari ini tidak pernah menafikan angka tersebut. Berasaskan RM36 juta, bererti RM3000 dibelanja untuk setiap pengundi (dari 12000 pengundi). Sudah tentulah jumlah yang dibelanja untuk sekepala menjadi RM9000, jika berasaskan RM100 juta. Rakyat tidak menerima sebanyak itu. Sejumlah besar masuk kocek pemimpin Umno-Bn dan kontraktor istimewa.

Semua ini bukti rasuah awam. Akan tetapi, Pengerusi SPR begitu cepat menafikannya rasuah. Ujarnya, ia tidak bertentangan dengan undang-undang yang sedia ada, ujarnya. Benar. Tetapi bukankah ini undang-undang tidak adil, tidak bermoral dan berat sebelah? Jikalau rasuah awam seperti ini berlaku di negara lain, termasuk dalam Asia, sudah tentu rakyat akan bangkit marah dan kerajaan boleh tumbang. Tetapi, Malaysia Boleh!

Yang kurang diketahui, sebab lebih tersembunyi, ialah rasuah perseorangan, iaitu wang yang diberikan oleh pemimpin atau petugas utama Umno-Bn kepada pengundi secara persendirian. Ramai pengundi memberitahu mereka dijanjikan dan diberi RM100 hingga RM500; bahkan ada yang mengaku diberi sampai RM1000. Tetapi tiada penerima yang sanggup mendedahkan perkara ini kerana takut didakwa dan dihukum.

IMPLIKASI:

Apakah implikasi penting dari pilihanraya kecil Ijok?

Pertama, perlu didedahkan seluas-luasnya taktik kotor serta amalan tidak bermoral oleh kerajaan Umno-Bn. Pada masa yang sama perlu dituntut terus reformasi dilakukan ke atas SPR, yang bersama polis bersubahat dengan parti serta pemimpin kerajaan untuk mencemarkan pilihanraya. Kempen perlu dilakukan dalam serta luar negara.

Kedua, sudah tentu dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang, Umno-Bn tidak mungkin mendapat bantuan daripada polis sebagaimana di Ijok. Juga, mereka tidak akan termampu melakukan rasuah awam dan persendirian sebesar di Ijok. Tidak usahlah untuk kawasan DUN, bahkan bagi tiap-tiap kawasan Parlimen pun adalah sulit bagi mereka menyediakan RM36 juta, kerana ini bermakna mereka harus menyediakan kira-kira RM8 bilion.

Ketiga. Sekiranya trend di Ijok, iaitu undi Cina beralih kepada pembangkang dan undi Melayu terbahagi dua, pasti Umno-Bn akan merasa terancam di kawasan-kawasan campuran (kaum), yang menjadi asas kekuatan mereka. Mereka mengetahui hal ini, dan itulah sebabnya PM Abdullah Badawi mengarahkan kajian dibuat ke atas semua pilihanraya kecil, supaya dapat diberikan khidmat lebih baik. Bersedialah, Umno-Bn akan membeli pengundi Cina secara besar-besaran dari sekarang hingga PRU ke-12.

Keempat. keADILan sudah membuktikan di Ijok bahawa parti-parti pembangkang dengan pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) boleh bekerjasama dalam pilihanraya untuk memberi sokongan kepada calon pembangkang. Ini petanda yang baik.

Kelima. Sudah jelas kini Anwar sangat komited kepada keADILan dan muncul sebagai pemimpin yang tidak dipertikaikan bagi parti itu dan juga parti-parti pembangkang yang lain. Cakap-cakap tentang beliau memasuki Umno akan berhenti. Bahkan Umno sendiri mengisytiharkan tidak akan menerima Anwar masuk semula, walaupun beiau tidak pernah meminta.

Keenam. Harus diakui bahawa keseluruhan organisasi dan jentera pilihanraya keADILan belum kuat. Banyak mesti dilakukan untuk memperbaiki keadaan dengan cepat. Jikalau ahli, organisasi dan jentera kukuh serta mantap, sudah pasti mudah bagi keADILan serta pengundi mengatasi Strategi 3M dan menepis penipuan, rasuah serta ugutan.

Akhirnya, tidak boleh dinafikan bahawa keADILan dapat berdiri tegak serta teguh kerana kemenangan moralnya. Walaupun menghadapi pelbagai cabaran serta tekanan, ia masih mendapat kira-kira 41% undi. Dari segi moral, Umno-Bn tewas, kerana segala taktik kotor yang mereka jalankan dengan bantuan SPR dan polis semakin terdedah. Walaupun mereka memenangi semua pilihanraya kecil, namun jikalau mereka halusi trend umum, Umno-Bn akan lebih dari bimbang. Kini, keADILan serta teman-temannya perlu bekerja gigih dan berkorban kuat dalam perpaduan kukuh untuk mencapai kemenangan.

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Anwar claims moral victory in Ijok

May 3, 2007
   

By Bede Lim
[Malaysiakini.com: May 3, 2007]

Former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim declared the Ijok by-election a moral victory for Parti Keadilan Rakyat in a efficacious fiery speech last night that rallied party workers for the impending general election.

With pointed wit and sarcasm, Anwar appeared angered at times when he spoke of the wholesale stratagem that the Barisan Nasional employed to win Ijok.

On Saturday, the BN ruling government won 58 percent of the votes, over PKR’s 40 percent, trumping the opposition party with a 1,850 majority. Allegations of vote buying, phantom voting and intimidation by the police and party workers were levelled at the government.

Anwar, quoting DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, declared that the BN has spent “nearly RM100 million to win 201 extra votes,” referring to the slight majority increase compared to the 2004 election.

“There is no sense of decency in them. Every dirty tactic was used,” he told a crowd of at least 500 who gathered at the PAS headquarters near Pekan Ijok.

Anwar also spoke at length on the fracas that broke out between youth members of Umno and the Opposition.

During last week’s campaigning, three PAS party members from the Selangor branch were seriously injured after being beaten, allegedly, by Umno youth members. Two of the PAS members received multiple stiches to the head.

“There is no one here who believes in their heart that real action would be taken against these Umno youths for their barbaric behaviour,” said Anwar.

“Ask the police and they would say, ‘oh, they hit themselves on the head’,” said Anwar sarcastically.

He said the police have acted in proxy for Umno, intimidating the crowds.

“At every Opposition ceramah, FRU units surround the crowds. When allegations of abuse by Umno youths are raised, the police are silent,” he said.

Smear campaigns

He also spoke of the use of government-owned media in smear campaigns, referring to TV3’s repeated broadcast of him jiggling to traditional Indian music while campaigning in Tuan Mee, estate.

“I have rhythm (laughs). Some politicians don’t. I don’t mind that they kept airing the video. I have suffered worse. This is the best that they can do now,” he said.

“The question is, has the Barisan stooped so low that now this is all they can do? When questions of (murdered Mongolian national) Altantuya, and vote buying allegations are unanswered, this is what TV3 can do?” he said.

He sarcastically quoted articles from mainstream newspapers, which he said was part of a government effort to smear Opposition parties.

Referring to the article by New Straits Times and Berita Harian that Umno has closed its doors to him, he said to the laughter of the crowds, “Who wants to join in the first place?”

“When have I ever applied? I have told people, from the ones up high and the ones down below that I have never approached Umno, or negotiated some sort of return.

“A Berita Harian reporter approached me today and asked me to respond [to the closure] … I told him in two sentences … I am not interested. I never applied. We’ll see Berita Harian’s response today.”

He added that if had returned to Umno, it “would be [deputy prime minister] Najib’s [ Razak] biggest fear. And [Umno youth chief] Hishammuddin [Hussein Onn] would be crying.”

Anwar said in the midst of the campaigning, “pertinent questions” remained unanswered by the ruling government.

“Questions of illegally obtained shares … of commissions … of blatant corruption amounting to the hundreds of millions and billions are unanswered.”

“The questions of the murder … a person has been killed … obliterated by explosives, C4 explosives, only found within the Ministry of Defence. These are very serious issues, but they went unanswered. Instead they use smear tactics of the lowest kind.”

Thanking the Chinese voters

He said pamphlets were circulated during the campaign calling him a “Jewish agent” and that he would “sell out to China.”

“And they accused us of personal attacks!?” exclaimed Anwar.

“They have attacked in such a manner, because that is all they can do now. If they had something against me, evidence that I had obtained shares or wealth illegally, don’t you think they would have used it long ago?”

“They are afraid. They are afraid of the Opposition now, because for once, we are united. We are united in our stand against corruption and race politics,” he said.

Anwar also took the opportunity to thank the Chinese voters. Yesterday, MCA president Ong Ka Ting acknowledged that there was at least a 20 percent swing within the Chinese communities in Ijok.

“We owe much to our Chinese brethren, to DAP, for they have [delivered]. Even now, the taukehs are telling us ‘this cannot be. (BN victory) if not for the hantu hantus, you would have won’”

On the future of the country’s politics, Anwars said only the Opposition can offer a viable future for its citizens.

He said PKR’s openness to all races and religions should be the tenet of mainstream politics.

 


Ijok: We shall return

May 3, 2007

By Ronnie Liu

 

We walked from shop to shop to thank the people of Ijok in Batang Berjuntai. Almost every shopkeepers believe that PKR would have won the by-election if not for the extensive vote-buying and great number of phantom voters.

PKR leaders were not disheartened by the Ijok setback. They received a very warm welcome in Batang Berjuntai town when they were going from shop to shop to thank the Ijok voters for their support.One of the residents who were present at the coffee shop in Pekan Ijok this afternoon told me that Khalid is his YB and he would not recognise Partiban as his wakil rakyat.

Anwar and other PKR leaders thanked DAP and other opposition parties for their undivided support. They also extended their gratitude to the Ijok people. Khalid has promised to set up a service centre in Ijok besides taking a pledge to check on Partiban.

In my address to the people of Ijok, I said that PKR would have won the by-election if the Umno-led BN coalition have had not turn it into a “buy-election”. I pointed out that Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang has estimated that no less than RM100 million has been spent by the BN camp in winning Ijok. I strongly believe that the missing 142 ballot papers were being used by the BN agent to buy votes by rotation , and the two bus load of makciks all the way from Perlis were actually phantom voters. And we have no idea of how many phantom voters have slipped through quietly.

I also stressed on the importance of opposition unity and cohesive cooperation between the DAP and PKR. I said that despite of maximum bribes, threats and frauds launched by the BN camp, PKR has done quite well by winning 50 to 60 percent of the Chinese votes. I also estimated that Khalid has gotten around 40 to 45 percent of the Malay votes and about 10% of the Indian votes. I believe that Ijok will fall into the hands of opposition come general elections in another six months.

I expressed my hope that DAP and PKR will team up to challenge the Umno-led BN coalition; and likewise, PKR should also team up with Pas. I said that although DAP may not be able to team up with Pas, but we certainly can help each other in the spirit of opposition unity. We have no reason to be unfriendly with each other because our common enemy is the Umno-led BN coalition.

We should keep up the momentum from Ijok to Selangor and right up to the whole country . Based on the support we have gotten from Ijok, the opposition in Selangor, on paper, has a fairly good chance to affect a change of state government in the impending General Elections.

Khalid has decided to set up a service centre in Ijok. The party has registered some 50 new members on the spot.

Lawan tetap lawan (Fight till the end )!!!


Stop the violence and Intimidation now! – BERSIH

May 3, 2007

By Shed Shahir Syed Mohamud

Chairman, BERSIH 

BERSIH condemns the violence and acts of intimidation which have taken place in Ijok since nomination day on 19 April 2007.

The acts of violence and intimidation were reported to continue during the campaign period and till today, we have not heard of any action being taken by the police. The Elections Commission (EC) too has failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that the campaign period will be free from such incidents despite being alerted to the incident on nomination period.

BERSIH is deeply concerned with the current developments in Ijok and fear that these incidents will become the norm if no proper action is taken by the EC. BERSIH feels that it is the sole responsibility of the EC to take all necessary steps through multi-party arrangement to ensure that the campaign and election process is free from violence and intimidation.

The EC also has a duty to investigate these incidents and take action by referring these incidents to the police for further action. These duties are vested in the EC as stated in Section 8 of the Election Act that stipulates that the EC is to exercise control and supervision over the conduct of elections.

BERSIH views that the EC must exercise these powers in the interest of the voters and in accordance with the principles of free and fair elections that provide for the creation of a climate in which parties can organize, candidates can campaign, and voters can cast their votes free of violence and intimidation.

Further, the EC has a responsibility to ensure free and fair elections as a body representing a country which is a signatory to the Declaration On Criteria For Free And Fair Elections, which was adopted by the Inter-Parliamentary Council in Paris in March 1994.

Article 4 of the Declaration, among others, stipulates the responsibilities of the States to take all necessary and appropriate measures to ensure that the parties and candidates are able to cast their ballots freely without fear or intimidation and to take the necessary measures to ensure that parties, candidates and supporters enjoy equal security, and that state authorities take the necessary steps to prevent electoral violence.

Article 4 also specifically placed the responsibilities that violations of human rights and complaints relating to the electoral process are determined promptly within the time frame of the electoral process and effectively by an independent and impartial authority,such as an electoral commission or the courts.

The EC is therefore responsible to ensure such standards as a state authority that is given the full power to exercise control over election in Malaysia by the Federal Constitution.

BERSIH deeply regrets the narrow approach taken by the EC on its role when it washed its hands off the question of security, as reported in the media on 22 April 2007.

BERSIH is concerned that if the violence and threats continue — coupled with police inaction — there may be the inevitable backlash from opposition supporters who are unlikely to take the threats lying down.

If violence cannot be prevented or contained in a by-election, what would happen in the general elections? If elections are conducted within a violent and fearful environment, on top of fraud and irregularities, the government chosen as a result of the elections will lack legitimacy, putting the viability of Malaysian democracy in crisis.

BERSIH therefore urges the EC to immediately investigate the violence reported in the campaign process in Ijok and make an open report to the police for further action.

We also urge the EC to make all necessary security arrangement with the police and other agencies to prevent other such incidents from taking place.

BERSIH’s view is that that the EC should consider postponing the by-election should more of such incidents continue.

We call upon all Malaysians and international bodies to pay close attention to these undesirable developments in the country, for the sake of democracy and rule of law. This disturbing trend must stop right now.

ADDENDUM:

1. Around 11.30am on Saturday, 21 April 2007, a KeADILan Ijok committee member reported that three young Malay men in a black BMW stopped several times along the main road of Kampung Jaya Setia,taking down all the keADILan flags. The witness has lodged a police report on the incident.

On top of that, the landlord of the premises which KeADILan was using as an operations centre has been ordered by the authorities to ‘close up shop’. The landlord’s son – a government employee at Shah Alam – was threatened with a transfer to Sarawak if he (the landlord) allowed KeADILan to continue renting the premises.

2. On the same day (Saturday), blogger/photographer Jeff Ooi, a photographer friend and KeADILAN candidate, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, were having lunch when a man in Pemuda BN uniform went over to their table and verbally intimidated Tan Sri Khalid. Seeing that the mob then tried prevent Tan Sri Khalid’s car from leaving the area, Ooi and his friend hurried to leave in their car but were stopped by about 20 men. One of the Pemuda BN members, seeing that the car window was half-wound down, then threw a broken water bottle, at close range, at Ooi’s friend and broke his spectacles. He had cuts below the eye as a result of that encounter. A police report has also been lodged on the incident.

3. In another incident over the weekend, student group Youth for Change (Y4C) was verbally threatened while they were conducting an election-related survey at an estate near Ijok. The 40 students led by convener Lee Khai Loon were threatened with trouble if they did not stop “disturbing” the workers. A man then threatened to “bring 100 more” people if the group did not leave the estate. MP for Cameron Highlands, SK Devamany, also reprimanded Lee for breaching the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) which prohibits student participation in political activities.


Apa langkah Dolah sekarang?

May 3, 2007

Oleh Ahmad Zaki Yamani

Pilihanraya Ijok disifatkan oleh Abdullah Badawi sebagai penolakan rakyat terhadap keADILan dan Anwar Ibrahim. Jika ini beliau yakini sebagai hakikat dan kebenaran, maka sekarang adalah masa yang paling tepat untuk Abdullah membubarkan Parlimen dan mengadakan Pilihanraya Umum.

Sebagai pemimpin yang bertanggungjawab hanya kepada kepentingan dan kemenangan Barisan Nasional, Abdullah tidak seharusnya membiarkan peluang ini berlalu. Beliau perlu segera mengadakan pilihanraya dan meraih kemenangan yang lebih besar daripada kemenangan terbesar yang dicapainya pada tahun 2004.

Kemenangan kali ini boleh lebih besar sekiranya peratusan keluar mengundi melebihi 80% seperti yang berlaku di Ijok.

Namun apakah ini hakikat yang berlaku di Ijok?

Abdullah tahu sebenarnya penolakan terhadap keADILan tidak berlaku di Ijok. Undi popular untuk keADILan meningkat 100% bagi Daerah Mengundi Pekan Ijok dan 50% di Batang Berjuntai berbanding 2004. Kedua-dua daerah ini mempunyai populasi pengundi Cina yang besar.

Di Daerah-daerah dengan populasi Melayu yang besar, keADILan tidak mencatatkan kemerosotan yang begitu besar. Apa yang berlaku ialah peningkatan jumlah keluar mengundi yang begitu besar sehingga memberikan kemenangan kepada BN di daerah-daerah ini kecuali Kampung Ijok yang tetap dimenangi oleh keADILan.

Bas-bas dari luar yang dipercayai membawa pengundi hantu juga dikesan di Bukit Badong, kawasan Melayu yang dimenangi keADILan pada 2004 dan kali ini dimenangi tipis oleh BN. Pada hari mengundi dua bas dari Perlis ditahan di Bukit Badong, dipercayai selepas penumpangnya ‘mengunjungi’ pusat pembuangan undi. Pada hari sebelumnya (27 April 2007, saya sendiri mengesan dua bas yang lain dari Pokok Sena, Kedah. Juga di Bukit Badong.

Bukit Badong adalah bersebelahan dengan Jaya Setia. Kedua-duanya mempunyai populasi Melayu yang besar dan kedua-dua daerah ini yang menjadi ‘upset’ utama kepada keADILan.

Saya percaya Abdullah maklum sepenuhnya bagaimana mereka menang di Ijok, yakni melalui penipuan. Sokongan rakyat tidak meningkat, malah semakin merosot kepada BN.

Kerana itu Abdullah tidak akan mengadakan pilihanraya dengan segera. Dalam keadaan sokongan masyarakat Cina kepada BN merosot teruk, BN tidak akan mampu melakukan penipuan dan mengadakan hantu di seluruh negara.

Bukan sahaja MCA dan Gerakan akan menghadapi kesan buruk, malah UMNO sendiri akan goyah dengan keadaan sekarang. Calon-calon UMNO bukan semata-mata bertanding di kawasan Melayu sahaja. Ramai juga yang bertanding di kawasan di mana kehadiran pengundi Cina adalah signifikan, seperti di Shah Alam misalnya.

Kerana itu UMNO, seperti pada 1999, bergantung kepada sokongan Cina untuk hidup. Kali ini, dalam keadaan keyakinan Melayu kepada kepimpinan ‘gigi longgar’ Abdullah sedang merosot, ketiadaan sokongan pengundi Cina akan membahayakan calon-calon UMNO sendiri.

Jadi, saya kira Abdullah perlu terus menunggu ilham.

 

Ahmad Zaki Yamani ialah EXCO Angkatan Muda Malaysia dan Ketua Penerangan keADILan Selangor.


KEADILAN: STRUGGLE ON FOR VICTORY!

May 3, 2007

S. Husin Ali,
KeADILan Deputy President

A day after election in Ijok, the keADILan Supreme Leadership Council (MPT) met. It was a routine monthly meeting, but much time was spent to analyse and discuss the bye-election and its results. Despite the “defeat”, leaders present, which included Dr Wan Azizah (President), Anwar Ibrahim (Advisor) and TS Khalid (Candidate) were all in high spirit and optimistic mood.

The meeting reaffirmed the party stand, as announced by our candidate at a press conference after the results were announced. KeADILan disputes the results of the bye-election and condemns the dirty tactics adopted by Umno-Bn, with the help of the police and the Election Commission (EC). The Party will launch a vigorous campaign in the country and among the international community to expose these.

We found numerous evidences of cheating, bribery and intimidation. Many examples have been given through the internet. Full details are being systematically gathered and compiled for preparation of an exhaustive report to be used in the campaign to expose the bye-election and to call for reforms of the EC, the election laws as well as the processes of elections in Malaysia. This is to ensure that all future elections will be free and fair.

Ijok revealed that the Umno-Bn continues to use its long tested 3M Strategy to perpetrate large scale cheating, bribery and intimidation in order to win elections. The 3M refer to Machinery, Media and Money.

M1: MACHINERY

As clearly evident in Ijok, with plenty of money available, the Umno-Bn as expected was able to mobilize quite effectively its party machinery. Although they can be admired for being able to do so, we protest strongly the use of government machinery, especially the EC and the police, which continue unashamedly to serve the parties in government, instead of being independent.

The EC has all along failed (deliberately?

) to clear the electoral rolls of phantom voters. A large number of dead persons still have their names registered as voters in Ijok. But several of them “came out” to vote, and we have identified them. There are names of 31 persons over the age of 100 years in the Ijok rolls. None of them appeared to have come out to vote. Do they really exist? If so, have their votes been cast by phantom voters?

A number of houses registered more than 5 and up to 15 voters at their addresses. Our party workers could not trace them, and in fact were informed that not as many people normally lived in those houses. Further, our party workers making house to house checks found that there were about 1000 registered voters whose identity and whereabouts could not be traced, and not known to local residents.

All these constitute what could become phantom voters. When public complaints were made about them, the EC Secretary had the cheek to say, “If they have their feet on the ground, they cannot be phantoms”. Was he joking? If so, he was being irresponsible; it was certainly unbecoming for a person holding his position to joke on this serious matter.

As for the police, they came in full force – in uniform, without uniform, on horse backs and in hovering helicopters. The official number announced by the police themselves was that there were 1500 of them. This works out to be one police officer for every eight voters. Even the IGP Musa Hassan was there.

Some said he could not trust his top officers in charge of the district of Kuala Selangor and the State of Selangor. Or was he indeed, as suspected by many, carrying out some covert role in collaboration with the highest political leadership in government, to make sure Umno-Bn wins? The IGP has vested interest to see keADILan and Anwar defeated.

The police came to disrupt at least seven keADILan rallies (ceramah) with the excuse that they were held without police permit. In all cases, keADILan had informed the police of their intention to hold those ceramah. It is ridiculous and undemocratic to demand for police permit during an election campaign. More ridiculous, when applications were made for permits to hold eleven ceramah near voting day, three were rejected on the curious excuse that the DPM and the Information Department were having their functions nearby. What can be more discriminatory?

I daresay that all the police attempts to stop kADILan ceramah after they have begun were deliberately done as acts of provocation. From the way they were acting, it was obvious that the police wanted to provoke the organizers and the crowd to respond aggressively and cause disturbance or disorder. They wanted to show in front of the many cameras from TV stations as well as Special Branch TV squads,which were already there, that keADILan was a rowdy party. They were disappointed of course, because in all cases, the organizers and the crowd acted with restraint and dispersed calmly and peacefully.

There was another dubious role believed to be played by a selected number of police officers not in uniform. We have been very reliably informed by certain Umno as well as police sources that they were used as phantom voters. They used false identity cards and part of over 2000 marked ballot papers that had earlier been kept at the police station/s. Most of these voters came during the last half an hour of voting. Apparently, some of them even cast more than one vote. These allegations must be investigated.

M2: MEDIA

As for the mainstream media, which are owned, controlled or influenced by the governing parties or their proxies, they went to town to spread government propaganda. Statements and activities of government leaders were given full coverage. But opposition leaders, especially Anwar, Kit Siang and Ustaz Hadi, were blacked out. There were spins and disinformation galore against the keADILan candidate, leaders and party.

Anwar’s modest dancing movement in a rally, where Indian music was played to entertain the audience, was repeatedly broadcast over the government owned and controlled television stations. The accompanying commentary stated bluntly that Anwar as a Muslim was committing an un-Islamic act. Clearly this borders on libel, for which Anwar can take legal recourse if he chooses to.

Worse still was a clip showing as if the keADILan candidate called for support of Umno-Bn. This was regularly aired during news hour for a couple of days. It might have been a genuine slip on the part of the candidate or the TV station could have cleverly removed “jangan” (don’t) from his call “jangan undi Bn …” (don’t vote for Bn) to make it sound “undi Bn …” (vote Bn).

Be that as it may, there was no doubt that the TV station acted in the most unethical and opportunistic manner to cause confusion among voters as well as many viewers outside Ijok. No opportunity was given at all to the candidate to explain. This could happen because in this country, as often demonstrated especially during elections, there is hardly any free, responsible and ethical mainstream media.

M3: MONEY

As for the third M, Money, it was used to the fullest extent to bribe voters. There was rampant public and private bribery. Three days before nomination, the Selangor Menteri Besar announced that the state government had decided to allocate RM36 million, to be spent fully during the campaign period for improving public facilities, especially roads, drains, street lights and so forth. In the course of the election campaigns, the Deputy PM announced huge allocations for building a new mosque (RM5 million) and repairing an old one (RM800,000) as well as for temples and many others.

It is alleged that about RM100 million of public (more appropriately rakyat – people’s) money had been spent for all kinds of development projects aimed at buying votes. The government has not come out with any denial of this figure. Working on the basis of RM36 million, it means that about RM3000 per head was spent for the 12,000 or so voters. Obviously, the amount spent on each voter is nearly RM9000 per head, if calculated on the basis of RM100 million spent.

These are blatant cases of public bribery. But the EC Chairman quickly explained after the RM36 million was announced, that this did not constitute bribery. The law said so, said he. True. But certainly it is an unjust and immoral law. It discriminates against the opposition. If this kind of public bribery happened in other countries, including many in Asia, there would have been public outcry and government could fall. But not here.

What is less known is of course private bribery – especially money given through Umno-Bn leaders and election workers to individual voters. A number of voters readily admitted they were promised and given from RM100 to RM500 to vote for the Mic-Bn candidate. A number even mentioned RM1000. But the recipients are unwilling to make public disclosure for fear of being prosecuted and convicted under the law.

IMPLICATIONS

What are the important implications of the Ijok bye-election?

First, there is need to thoroughly expose the electoral malpractices of the Umno-Bn government. At the same time, the call for reform of the EC which, together with the police, connive with the government party leaders to perpetuate these malpractices, need to be stepped up and sustained locally and internationally.

Second, during the upcoming General Elections, the Umno-Bn will not be able to get strong police support as in Ijok. Their financial resources for each constituency will also be limited, for public or private bribery. Can they afford to spend RM36 million even for each Parliamentary (not to say State) constituency? This would mean they need to have nearly RM8 billion to fight the General Elections.

Third, if the trend of the Chinese swing to keADILan, as shown in Ijok, continues and at the same time around 50% of Malay support is retained, then Umno-Bn position during the General Elections, especially in the mixed constituencies, which form important bases of their strength, will be in jeopardy. They realize this, and that is why PM Abdullah Badawi announced that the results of all four past bye-elections must be studied. Be prepared for massive attempts to buy Chinese support till general election time.

Fourth, keADILan has demonstrated in Ijok that it can get the three main parties in opposition, together with many Ngo’s, to forge strong electoral cooperation in support of an Opposition candidate. This augers well for the 12th General Elections.

Fifth, it is very clear that Anwar Ibrahim is now firmly committed to keADILan, and he has emerged as undisputed leader of the Party and the Opposition. The talk about him going back to Umno should be no more. Even the Umno is forced to say that it will not readmit Anwar, although at no time has he applied for readmission.

Sixth, it has to be admitted that the overall organization and electoral machinery of keADILan is still weak. There is lot to be done and quickly, to improve this. If the party members, organizations and machinery are strong, it would be easy for keADILan to mobilize voters to reject the 3M and rebuff all cheating, intimidation and bribery.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that keADILan can stand tall because it has won a moral victory. Despite all the odds, it still manages to win more than 41% of the votes cast. Morally, it is Umno-Bn that has lost, because all their dirty tricks, carried out with the help of the EC and the police, have been exposed further. Although they have won all the recent bye-elections, there is no doubt that when they look carefully at the general trends of voting, Umno-Bn will be more than just worried. Now, keADILan and its partners have to work, persevere and sacrifice hard and in close cooperation to earn victory.

(husinsa23@yahoo.com)
1 May, 2007


Will the real magician please stand up.

May 2, 2007

by Ahmad Zaki Yamani

In the April 29, 2007 New Sunday Times, Kalimullah Hassan asked, in his front page article, “Can handkerchiefs fly?” He narrated the story of a young boy fascinated by a ‘magician’s’ claim that he can make a handkerchief fly. The purpose of the magic show is to attract onlookers to buy the ‘minyak geliga’ he was selling.

When confronted by the boy, the magician said, “Hang bodoh kah? Mana boleh sapu tangan terbang.” (Are you stupid or what? How can a handkerchief fly?)

Kali was equating the magician with Anwar Ibrahim and Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the Ijok by-election. They came, tell high tales and vanish to the next stop, so he said

I would like to share my experience with roadsides magician. A few years back when I was at the Sungai Buloh mosque for my Friday prayers, I stopped at the gates. There a man claimed he can make money – real bank notes – from pieces of newspaper.

This I have to see. He told many tales. But in the end he burnt some newspaper in a steel plate and placed it in an empty wooden box. After some mantras, his assistant opens the box and to the amazement of all present, it was filled with one ringgit notes.

He invited people to touch the money and even take some. It sure looks like real money – not the new crisp ones, but used notes. I dare not put my hands on any for fear that the few ringgits I have in my pockets will instead find its way in to the box.

The magician then brought out some small keris and offers them to the crowd at RM100  a piece. He said, with the keris, anybody can make money on their own. People took out their wallets and cash was exchanged with the small keris, neatly placed in envelopes.

He promised to make 50 and 100 ringgit notes afterwards. More people took up the offer of owning a money-making-keris on hearing that.

Just about when the keris were sold out, the sound of azan was heard. The magician being the ‘pious’ man he is quickly wrapped his trade and urged everybody to go to the mosque. He will mint the 50 and 100 ringgit notes he promised after prayers.

Now, this is a true story. It happened in Sungai Buloh, just next door to Ijok. Last week during the Ijok by-election, I see Khairy, Najib, Samy and the rest of the BN folks turn magicians. They were minting money for Ijok. Khir Toyo (the worst and most idiotic magician of them all) promises more after the election.

But the RM36 million question is, will they all still be in Ijok after the “buy”-election? Or would they move on to mint more money elsewhere, hand out loose change to the people and keep promising the 50s and 100s while, in actual fact, keeping all the real big money to themselves?

Come on Kali, you know the real story. Will they actually hand out the big money? Then, show me the real colour of money – now that the election is over and done with!