EC Gazettes Official GE13 Results, 21-Day Period Starts May 23

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EC gazettes official GE13 results, 21-days petition period starts

Obama called Najib for congratulations

  • US President Barack Obama has phoned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to congratulate the Prime Minister on his success in getting the mandate from the people in the 13th general election to continue leading Malaysia.

  • In the call, on Monday evening US time, Obama congratulated Najib and reaffirmed "strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Malaysia," a White House statement said.

  • In a call, the US president reaffirmed the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Malaysia. The two leaders discussed the importance of continuing to deepen our bilateral cooperation, including on expanding cooperation on trade, regional security, and multilateral cooperation.

  • It said that on his part, Obama had agreed to participate in the two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, beginning Oct 11.

    "Malaysia and the United States will continue to strengthen bilateral relations through regional and international cooperation," said the statement.

Cabinet line-up worries

  • Based on the GE13 results, voters want a new Cabinet line comprising more new faces and young leaders willing to speak for the people's interest, especially youths.

  • THE highly-anticipated announcement of cabinet ministers is likely to be known as early as Wednesday. "Najib won't have any programme until Tuesday. He is poring over his cabinet list," a source said.

  • Chinese representation in the Cabinet, which is set to be unveiled tomorrow, remains a priority for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) in drawing up his administrative team.

  • The MCA and Gerakan had decided to decline government posts due to their disastrous showing in GE13.

  • it is understood that Najib wants to maintain Barisan's multi-racial concept which requires the Chinese representation in the Cabinet, which is expected to be sworn in before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara on Thursday.

  • Chinese leaders should be in the Cabinet and they need not necessarily be political leaders but technocrats, business people and leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGO).

  • The new Cabinet will hopefully help the prime minister bring change to the people and nation and deliver promises (Aku Janji) made in the BN manifesto.

Parliament likely to convene in June

  • The 13th Parliament will most likely convene its first session by June, before the fasting month of Ramadan in July, said caretaker Minister in the Prime Minister's department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

  • However, he said, it was still uncertain when the swearing-in ceremony for newly minted Members of Parliament (MPs) will take place as the Cabinet had yet to be formed.

  • Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah said no date has been set for the swearing-in ceremony so far because the leader of the House, namely the Prime Minister, had yet to notify the Parliament to arrange for it.

  • “After the Cabinet is formed, only then will we have the swearing-in of MPs. The King's address will also normally be delivered after the ceremony,” he said yesterday.

Admad Said as Terengganu MB, Adnaan Yaakob as Pahang MB

  • Pahang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob took the oath of office as Pahang Menteri Besar for the fourth term before the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah this afternoon.

  • The Pelangai state assemblyman took oath of the office before the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah at about 5pm. Adnan, 63, took over the post from Tun Khalil Yaakob on May 25, 1999.

  • Datuk Seri Ahmad Said will be retained as Terengganu Mentri Besar for a second term after he received consent from Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

  • “I met with Tuanku just now and received the letter with the appointment agreed upon by prime minister, who is the Umno president and BN chairman,” he told reporters at his official residence, Seri Iman, here, today.

Mohamad Hasan serves as Negeri Sembilan's MB for third term

  • Mohamad, who successfully defended his Rantau state seat in the May 5 polls would be sworn in before state ruler Tuanku Muhriz at the Istana Besar Sri Menanti on Saturday.

  • State Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has been reappointed as Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar for a third term.

Sultan of Kelantan denied PAS' Husam Musa from exco line-up

  • Nama Timbalan Pesuruhjaya II Pas Kelantan, Datuk Husam Musa dikatakan tidak mendapat restu daripada Sultan Kelantan untuk berada dalam barisan kepimpinan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan.

  • Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Yakob berkata, nama Husam sudah dimasukkan di tempat yang paling atas di antara barisan pimpinan terpilih namun ditolak oleh baginda.

  • PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa is disappointed over how he was dropped from the state executive councillors line-up, but stressed that he was not sore about it.

  • Husam claimed that he was not notified of the state PAS committee meeting, which was held to finalise the state exco list.

  • Husam, 54, refused to be drawn into the speculation that he was backstabbed, saying he wanted to ensure that the religious virtues were upheld in the modern age.

  • A big group of supporters of PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa have gathered outside the State Secretariat building to protest against the dropping of Husam in the state executive committee lineup.

  • Husam Musa won the Salor (Kelantan) state seat in the general election, but lost in his bid for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat.

Najib sworn in for his second term as Malaysia's Prime Minister

New Menteri Besar installed in Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Perak

  • Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has been sworn in as the 10th Kedah Mentri Besar. Mukhriz, 49, took the oath of office at Istana Anak Bukit here yesterday.

  • Despite retaining his Chempaka state seat, longtime Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz has relinquished his chief executive post and his deputy Ahmad Yaakob has taken his place.

  • Former Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob took the oath of office as Mentri Besar before the Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V, at Istana Negeri Kubang Kerian here Monday.

  • Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir will be sworn in as Perak Mentri Besar for a second term today.

  • Dr Zambry retained the Pangkor state seat with a majority of 5,124 votes, beating Mohd Saifullah Mohd Zulkifli of PKR.

  • Pauh assemblyman Azlan Man was sworn in today as the Menteri Besar of Perlis. Azlan, 54, took his oath of office, to be come the 11th Menteri Besar of Perlis.

Barisan Nasional retains Putrajaya with 112 simple majority win

  • 13th General Election is the most furor general election in Malaysia history, many Malaysian is give attention for the 13th General Election.

  • Keputusan penuh Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) dijangka diketahui selewat-lewatnya tengah malam ini, sekali gus membolehkan kerajaan Persekutuan dan kerajaan negeri

  • Barisan Nasional has won GE13 with a simple majority of 112 Parliamentary seats out of a total of 170 seats whose results have been officially announced.

  • The Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has announced that Barisan Nasional has taken a simple majority of parliamentary seats with 112 seats at 12.50am.

  • BN now has 122 parliament seats while Pakatan has 71 (comprising 35 for DAP, 20 PKR and 16 PAS)

BN buying votes in Pekan?

  • BN Pekan giving out cash to people who voted for them #GE13

3pm: 70% turn out rate

59.67% voter turn-out rate at 12pm

  • Malaysian Insider: GE13 - EC says combined with early voters, total voter turnout is 7,916,703 or 59.67pct at 12pm.

Pew Research says most Malaysians are happy with the way things are

  • In a survey conducted in March for a forthcoming US-based Pew Research Center report, 82 per cent of Malaysians are satisfied with the way things are going in the country.

  • The percentage was up from 76 per cent in 2007. Some 16 per cent said they were dissatisfied.

  • "In 2007 the last time we asked this in Malaysia, 76% were satisfied and 21% dissatisfied, according to our 40-country survey," said director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center.

  • In terms of the economic situation of country, 85 per cent described Malaysia's economic situation good, up from 76 per cent in 2007.

  • 38% hoped the government would look into rising prices, 14% said lack of employment opportunities, gap between rich and poor (six per cent), public debt 13% and all equally 28%.

Analysts forsee protest after elections if there are suspicions of electoral fraud

  • Malaysia is facing the risk of public protests if results for the general election are questioned and contested for their accuracy and any suspicions of fraud, analysts have suggested.

  • But in recent days, Pakatan leaders have complained about the use of indelible ink for police and military voters which they claimed had washed off easily.

  • “Anything over a 15-to-20 seat victory margin will lead to suspicion — the race is that close,” Bridget Welsh, associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University.

  • “You’re going to see people on the streets” if election observers produce solid evidence of fraud, she said.

30 April: Advanced polling for security forces and their spouses takes place today

[VIDEO] Alvivi: Malaysians Talk About General Elections 2013

April 26: Ambiga says don't be intimidated by threats to vote for a particular party

  • “The Indian community, Orang Asal and even civil servants are being threatened that if they don’t vote for a particular party, they may lose their jobs, Socso benefits and other things.

  • Echoing Ambiga’s sentiments, Fernandez also said that she was told by several university students not to vote for a certain party or risk losing their scholarships.

  • “Don’t vote for those who threaten you,” said Ambiga at a press conference, flanked by Bersih steering committee members Irene Fernandez, Yap Swee Seng and Maria Chin Abdullah.

April 25: EC says uploading pictures of ballot paper on the internet is a serious offense

April 24: May 5th a public holiday for Kedah too

April 23: Indian votes remains a key demographic for GE13

  • The Indian community remains a key demographic in GE13, with analysts saying BN and Pakatan are in a tight race to get the better part of nearly one million votes.

  • More Indians are likely to vote for BN this time compared to 2008, analysts said, with 52% of Indians surveyed in favour of BN in a private poll taken by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research.

  • “BN shouldn’t take the Indian vote for granted though,” Ibrahim Suffian said, adding the survey was done before BN named controversial Malay rights campaigner Datuk Zulkifli Noordin as a candidate.

  • The Malay rights group Perkasa vice-president had courted protest over remarks made in a video clip that were seen as insulting to the Hindu religion.

  • “Zulkifli is a non-starter with the Indians. By fielding Zulkifli, many Indians feel it shows utter contempt for them as the Indians are the people that get belittled,” Ambiga said.

  • Najib is convinced that the Indian community in the Shah Alam constituency has accepted Zulkifli Noordin as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the 13th general election (GE13) and will vote for him.

  • “I don’t think any side should take the Indian vote for granted,” Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said when commenting on the Merdeka Center poll results.

April 20 is nomination day

Is EC planning to get more spoilt votes using indelible ink procedure?

April 18: Kelantan says polling day will be a public holiday

April 17: 5 Selangor BN candidates accused of having fake degrees

  • DAP put the integrity of five Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) election candidates under the microscope today after it accused the men of having “bought” their high-level academic qualifications.

  • The opposition party’s election strategist Ong Kian Ming them as having padded their résumés with academic degrees from universities that have been exposed as degree mills.

  • They are interim deputy foreign minister A. Kohilan Pillay, Port Klang Authority chairman Teh Kim Poh, MCA’s Ching Eu Boon and Lee Ban Seng, and Umno religious affair chief, Ab Wahab Ibrahim.

  • “If these candidates are willing to dupe voters about their qualifications, what other areas of life would these candidates be willing to lie about including in areas of public interest?” he asked.

  • Ong urged the five to withdraw their candidacy from the May 5 polls if they could not deny or explain their questionable degrees.

  • Malaysian election law does not require nominees to have a degree in order to run for public office such qualifications did not automatically elevate a candidate’s social standing.

April 15: Cuepacs say those who need to travel to vote should be given the following day off

  • Civil servants who are rostered to work on polling day on May 5, or have to travel a distance to vote, should be given the day off, said Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman.

  • He said those who needed to travel should also get the following day off.

  • “We are concerned that they might not travel far to vote if there is no day off,” he said after chairing Cuepacs' special congress meeting here yesterday.

April 12: Colour of indelible ink will be announced on polling day

  • In addition, the EC will also ensure that the vault storing the ink is heavily guarded by security teams operating round-the-clock besides being monitored by CCTVs.

  • To ensure that no party can exploit the use of indelible ink, the color of the ink to be used on polling day will be known only on the day itself.

April 11: Bersih says BN must stop intimidating voters

  • Bersih 2.0 today warned Barisan Nasional (BN) against frightening voters from choosing the opposition in its campaigning in Election 2013.

  • The election watchdog pointed out that pro-BN billboards have been erected across the country. The messages insinuate that the country will descend into chaos should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) come to power.

  • What are they saying? The message is if you don't vote BN there will be trouble," Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan told reporters on Thursday.

  • "Is that really the campaign that BN wants to run rather than based on their policies?"

  • “There’s no need to threaten the people,” Ambiga said.

  • Ms Ambiga said Bersih had received reports that voters were being personally warned by BN candidates not to vote for PR.

OFFICIAL: Polling date for PRU13 is set for 5 MAY 2013

  • EC: Nominations for GE13 will be on April 20, polling date is on May 5.

  • Pada jam 12.30 tengah hari tadi, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, Presiden SPR telah membuat siaran langsung di semua siaran televisyen Malaysia.

  • The EC said all 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats will be decided on the same day.

  • Voters in Sarawak will not elect a new state assembly, as the current state government still has three years of its mandate left after the polls in 2011.

Live streaming: Announcement of PRU13 polling date

  • Liputan video terkini dan livestreaming Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 dari seluruh negara.

  • After a photo-shoot, the reporters waited at the media centre. At about 11.15am, an official informed the press to return at 12.15pm for the press conference.

  • It will be aired by RTM1, TV3, NTV7, 8TV and TV9, as well as Astro Awani, said officials from the respective television stations.

10 April: EC says no problem for polling day to be on a weekday

7 April: Did Wanita UMNO really send out this newsletter?

7 April: Pak Samad says this is our chance to overhaul the government

  • Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said openly called on voters today to support the opposition and use this “once chance” to end Barisan Nasional’s (BN) rule in Election 2013.

  • This is the first time the national literary icon has openly urged Malaysians to back the federal opposition coalition to “overhaul” the government and “amend the broken machinery”.

  • "I am also a Malay but I often asked why is it that the powers above me are only Malays?" he said, pointing to the racist tactic used by the ruling coalition.

  • Tunku Abdul Rahman was a Malay, Abdul Razak was a Malay, Hussein Onn was a Malay, Mahathir can be considered a Malay.. Najib is also a Malay," he said.

  • "So why are we repeatedly reminded that the Malay rights will be threatened?"

  • Samad that the widespread vote-buying inPeople's 1 Malaysia Aid (BR1M) programme signalled BN's fear that its rule would come to an end soon.

  • "Take the money, but you must look at the motive behind it. The money did not come from the ministers, they belong to the people, to this land. Do not once feel indebted to them," he added.

  • "Do not fear, we can improve democracy," he said.

6 April: Churches say vote wisely and reflect

  • In the video, Christian voters are asked to vote for a corruption-free country where all Malaysians are treated as equals and there is religious freedom, among other things.

  • Churches have joined in the drive to educate voters, urging Christians to come out and vote with wisdom in Election 2013, which is expected to be Malaysia’s most intense polls.

  • “Before you go to vote, reflect on all the facts, reflect on the history and the track record of parties, coalitions, candidates. Reflect on your values as a Christian Malaysian,” the video said.

Penang, Kedah and Kelantan dissolve state assembly

3 April: EC chief says GE latest by May 28

  • The 13th general election must be held at the latest by May 28 following the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

  • “If we were to start counting from April 3, it (60-day period) will end on June 3 but it will miss the Negri Sembilan deadline of May 28,” Abdul Aziz said.

New York Times say Malaysian Voters Will Have To Choose To Continue Or Stop Race-Based Politics

  • GE13 is expected to present voters with a choice between continuing the country’s controversial ethnic-based policies or putting an end to race-based politics.

  • According to the New York Times, Malaysia’s race politics was described as an anachronism based on interviews with younger Malaysians and political analysts.

  • The director of the Merdeka Center said: “The ruling coalition continues to argue that the existing system brings stability. The opposition is talking more about politics based on class, not race.”

  • Young Malaysians are increasingly cynical about the view they see in the press. As Internet access has spread, independent voices and opposition parties have had an easier time reaching voters.

  • The way the electoral system is structured and constituency boundaries are drawn may still give the National Front the edge.

  • The New York Times also noted that challenge for the ruling coalition will be winning back Chinese voters and new voters who appear “more inclined” to vote for the opposition.

3 April: Selangor, Perlis, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor and Sabah announce dissolution

  • Selepas pembubaran Dewan Rakyat, Perlis merupakan negeri pertama membubarkan DUN diikuti Sabah, Melaka, Perak, Terengganu dan Pahang.

  • With the exception of Sarawak which is not required to dissolve its state assembly, other states are scheduled to dissolve their state assemblies soon to enable the EC to hold the GE13 simultaneously.

  • TERENGGANU: Menteri Besar Terengganu mengumumkan pembubaran DUN Terengganu berkuat kuasa hari ini setelah Sultan Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin memperkenankan pembubaran itu.

  • PERLIS: The Perlis state legislative assembly dissolved Wednesday after receiving consent from the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

  • The Johor state legislative assembly was dissolved effective yesterday to pave the way for elections, according to a statement today from the Office of the Menteri Besar.

  • SABAH: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman today announced the dissolution of the state legislative assembly to enable the state election to be held simultaneously with the 13th federal polls.

  • PAHANG: Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob last night announced the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly effective yesterday.

  • Selangor today dissolved its state legislative assembly for elections, the first of the four opposition states to do so. Kedah, Penang and Kelantan are to dissolve their assemblies by tomorrow.

2 April: Melaka and Perak dissolves State Assembly Seat, Penang scheduled for tomorrow

  • PERAK: Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah signed the notice of dissolution of the state legislative assembly at 3.15pm on Wednesday.

  • MELAKA: Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Melaka dibubarkan selepas Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob menandatangani watikah pembubaran jam 1 tengah hari tadi.

  • PENANG: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will seek the consent of Penang Yang diPertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas to dissolve the state assembly tomorrow morning.

3 April: EC needs time to prepare the election dates

  • The Election Commission (EC) requires time to prepare before the 13th general election can be held, its chairman said as the prime minister announced the dissolution of Parliament today.

  • After the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, the state legislative assemblies, the EC must wait for the official letters to ensure the Dewan Rakyat and the DUN are legitimately dissolved.

  • “After that, the EC will call all members of the commission for a meeting to determine the date for nomination of candidates, the campaign period and polling day,” Abdul Aziz said.

  • “The EC also needs time for preparation, many papers need to be prepared.”

1 April: Nurul Izzah says EC has losts its credibility

31 March: Analysts say Chinese vote is small but influential

29 March: Christian group says candidates should highlight freedom of religion

  • NECF also said in the GE13 booklet that government agencies that “spread hate ideology of other races, religions and cultures”, like the National Civics Bureau (BTN), should be reformed.

  • An evangelical church group has urged Christians to call on Election 2013 candidates to support legislating the freedom for all Malaysians to profess their religion of choice.

  • The Christian group called on election candidates to ensure a government administration free of “undue influence” from religious authorities.

  • The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship Malaysia also said those elected should table in Parliament draft proposals on child conversion and inter-religious custody disputes.

March 28: 1,010 Housewives Sue Selangor State Govt For RM5,858,000. Why?

Get blessing from Yang DiPertuan Besar to remain as caretaker government, PAS tells dissolved Negeri Sembilan excos

  • Dewan Undangan Negeri Negeri Sembilan terbubar secara automatik hari ini, sekali gus mencatat sejarah pembubaran DUN pertama secara automatik di negara ini.

  • Mohamad said the executive council would continue to meet as usual to discuss the day-to-day running of the state government and other minor matters.

  • "There has to be a caretaker government because we will have to pay wages and look into other matters during the period. Without a caretaker government, there will be anarchy,"

  • "I will continue to remain as Mentri Besar and, together with my exco, will see the day-to-day running of the government. MB is as wakil rakyat and state exco as a government employee."

  • "So we will continue to serve as the caretaker government until the election," he said rubbishing talk that the state government has become an illegal entity after it completed its five-year mandate.

  • PAS Negeri Sembilan menasihatkan Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan agar mendapatkan restu daripada Yang DiPertuan Besar untuk meneruskan tugas beliau sebagai Menteri Besar di bawah ‘caretaker government’.

  • “Kita tidak mahu rakyat keliru dengan situasi yang berlaku di Negeri Sembilan. Cara yang terbaik untuk elakkan kekeliruan adalah dengan pembubaran parlimen segera,” kata Ketua..

Negeri Sembilan will be the first state to be dissolved in GE13

  • The Negri Sembilan legislative assembly dissolves after midnight on Wednesday, making it the first in the country to automatically disband after the 2008 general election.

  • The 36-member assembly was sworn in on March 27, 2008 and had its first sitting on April 25, 2008.

  • Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said that after the dissolution, his state executive committee would continue to function as the caretaker state government.

Deputy Inspector General of Police says Ops Daulat will not interfere with GE13

  • The general election can still be held without fear of trouble despite the on-going Ops Daulat near Lahad Datu, Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

  • He said the public should not be unduly worried and the electoral process can continue if the general election is called anytime soon.

  • “There is no problem, the displaced villagers who have been placed in temporary shelters can still come out and vote,” he told reporters .

BERSIH says silence is not an option, it is participation in the act of violence

  • We remind all sides that political violence is a violation of not only the rights of the candidates contesting in the elections, but also that of voters. — Bersih 2.0

  • Any election candidates deemed responsible for violent incidents during political events will be “named and shamed” on social media sites by polls watchdog Bersih 2.0, Ambiga Sreenevasan warned today.

  • The move was part of the group’s response to the failure by local authorities and national leaders to condemn and stop the recent escalation of political violence.

  • “We’ll name and shame them. Silence is not an option. Vote against the MPs who encourage political violence and those who are silent about it," Datuk Ambiga said.

  • “We will tell the public not to vote for them,” Bersih co-chairman, S Ambiga, said at the launching of Bersih’s “Reject political violence” campaign today.

  • Ambiga said it had become standard practice by national leaders to absolve themselves from the violent conduct of their supporters despite agreeing to ethical conduct during elections.

EC says giving wrong info might jeopardize voting process

  • Several political parties and non-governmental bodies have been providing people with wrong information about the entire voting process, said deputy EC chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

  • Labelling it as “ajaran sesat (misleading information)”, he said the EC had received news that some groups were giving such misinformation during their ceramah.

  • “If there are people who don't follow rules, leading to a dirty election, it will be not due to EC or the process but due to those with bad intentions.”

  • The EC, stressed Wan Ahmad, had nothing to hide when it came to the election process, pointing out that 17 NGOs had been appointed as observers for the polls.

Only five Asean countries invited to observe GE13

  • EC has decided to invite up to 42 foreign delegates from five Asean countries and the Asean secretariat to observe the 13th general election.

  • The five Asean countries are Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Burma. Requests from other countries for such a mission will not be entertained.

  • EC's decision to invite them as international observers was a reciprocal move that respected the neighbouring countries' invitation for Malaysia to monitor their own general election.

  • Abdul Aziz said, apart from foreign observers, EC was also appointing 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as neutral observers in the general election.

PM's Office says rumours on dissolution on 20 March 2013 are false

60,673 or 6.3% potentially dubious voters in Sabah

  • The Sabah electoral roll has 60,673 or 6.3% potentially dubious voters, the DAP said today.

  • DAP's Ong Kian Ming, who is the also the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project director, said the findings were based on revelations during the royal commission of inquiry in immigrants in Sabah.

  • Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) did a search of the old IC numbers using the first quarter of the 2012 electoral roll and found that 60,673 of those problematic ICs were on the roll.

  • He said it was unlikely the EC would be able to remove over 60,000 voters from the roll within a span of four months.

  • “Far from seeing a decrease in voters in Sabah’s electoral roll in the past few months, we have actually seen a surge of voters.” said Ong.

First time in history for state assembly to be dissolved first

  • It appears that for the first time since Malaysia’s Independence, the prime minister may allow a state assembly to be automatically dissolved before Parliament.

  • The Johor state government’s mandate expires this Thursday (21/3) while Negeri Sembilan's expire on 26/3. These state assemblies will be automatically dissolved.

  • Most state assemblies would be automatically dissolved next month, with Terengganu (7/4), Selangor (22/4), Perak (24/4), Malacca (26/4), Perlis and Kelantan (28/4), and Sabah (29/4).

  • Unless announced soon, the Parliament is set to automatically dissolve on 28 April 2013.

BN filling cyberspace with BN friendly ads

  • Government agencies, departments and BN parties are buying bulk online advertisement space while more pro-government video clips are being produced ahead of the 13th general elections.

  • Among those with large advertising budgets are the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), Penang BN and other efforts led by BN component parties, the executive added.

  • More pro-government video clips are being produced to crowd out opposition material and advertisements because cyberspace has always been opposition space.

  • “The PR guys have an advantage, that is why BN people are producing more and also taking out advertisements to drown them out,” the producer who has worked for both parties said.

  • PR jauh lebih aktif di atas talian dan dilihat telah menguasai ruang siber Malaysia dengan pelbagai laman sesawang dan produksi video termasuk beberapa yang mengetengahkan manifesto mereka.

  • “Terdapat terlalu banyak video klip di luar sana oleh orang-orang pro kerajaan. Kebanyakkan daripadanya mempunyai nilai produksi baik tetapi mesejnya buruk,” kata seorang produser video.

#bubarlah: Malaysians complaining that it's getting inconvenient

#bubarlah: Malaysian are growing impatient

BERSIH: Electoral roll still filled with irregularities

  • Irregularities continue to dog the gazetted electoral roll weeks before national polls are due electoral reform lobbyist Bersih said today.

  • Several people alleging they were registered as voters without their knowledge and others finding their voter details changed without consent.

  • ["She also said Bersih has been receiving an average of three to five complaints a week from the public, but added that not all were willing to record their complaints.", "She also said Bersih has been receiving an average of three to five complaints a week from the public, but added that not all were willing to step forward to record their complaints."]

  • With the elections just weeks away from being called, Bersih is pressuring the EC to clean the roll of dubious entries.

BN will be ready and confident by then

  • Najib's schedule is busy for the next 2 weeks as the prime minister meets people across the nation before likely dissolving Parliament by the end of March for a mid-April general election.

  • The Malaysian Insider understands from several Cabinet ministers and BN party leaders that the general election will be held within the next five weeks.

  • Sources have said that Parliament could be dissolved as early as March 25, just two days before the expiry of the state assemblies in Johor and Negri Sembilan.

  • “Pilihan raya umum akan diadakan pada April, sama ada pada minggu kedua atau ketiga kerana BN yakin sokongan besar pada ketika itu,” tambah sumber tersebut.

  • PR berkemungkinan besar akan membubarkan DUN pada waktu sama untuk memastikan pilihan raya umum dijalankan untuk semua negeri kecuali Sarawak yang telah menjalankan pilihan raya negeri pada 2011.

Malaysians patiently wait for the elections date

A quick guide to the electoral system

March 8: Elections to be postponed due to Sabah standoff?

  • Elections in areas affected by the intrusion of south Filipino militants in Sabah will only be postponed if an emergency is declared, said the Election Commission (EC).

  • "According to the law, the EC will take this into consideration before making a decision on elections in areas where emergency has been declared," he told reporters here Thursday.

  • Syahredzan said there was no reason for the government to declare a nationwide emergency as the incursion is limited to certain areas in Sabah.

  • The current government’s mandate expires on April 28, and Parliament will be automatically dissolved if the Prime Minister has not proclaimed the dissolution before then.

March 7: "Candidate list should be announced early"

  • Umno Youth chairman Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar has called for the candidates list to be announced early to avoid "problems" during campaigning.

  • Ideally, the candidates list should be announced at least a week to 10 days before the nomination date of the GE so that they could "soothe" the disappointment of those who were not selected.

  • "We all know that when candidates are disappointed, anything can happen. The supporters won't work, the machinery rooms won't open. I hope that these cases don't occur anymore," he said.

March 4: International Conference on Malaysia's 13th General Election

  • FULL STORY: Following a national concern and a desperate call for fair elections in the upcoming 13th General Elections, an International Conference on Malaysia's 13th General Elections is being held.

Feb 26: Najib to dissolve parliament tomorrow?

Najib delaying polls for GTP reforms

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the 13th general election (GE13) has not been announced yet because the government wants the national transformation policy to be truly proven successful.

  • “That is why we wait until we are exhausted to hold the general election, we wait because I want to prove that the national transformation policy can truly succeed,” - PM Najib

  • Najib said today the people were fully convinced that the BN government not only knew how to talk but also implement (the pledges) for the people as stated in the 1 Malaysia concept

13th General Elections information

  • Tarikh sebenar pembubaran parlimen dan pilihan raya, CERITA KOSONG KU, Tarikh sebenar pembubaran parlimen dan pilihan raya

  • Parlimen Malaysia akan terbubar secara automatik pada 28/4/2013.

  • Pembubaran Parlimen akan berlaku sebelum 27/3/2013 dan Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 akan berlansung sebelum 28/4/2013.

  • PM berkata BN sepatutnya menerima pujian kerana mengambil inisiatif melaksanakan siasatan mengulas perjalanan proses siasatan RCI berhubung isu pendatang tanpa izin di Sabah.

What do Malaysians think?

  • The Malaysian middle classes are trapped. The 2013 general election leaves them with an unenviable choice.

  • Sebanyak 51 peratus pengundi muda kaum Cina (21-30 tahun) masih “tidak pasti” sama ada akan memilih BN atau PR.

  • Voters tell pollsters they are dissatisfied overall with the coalition government led by UMNO, which has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957.

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