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

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

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The Election Commission (EC) has gazetted the official results of the 13th general election held on May 5, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said.

Following the gazetting of the results, electoral candidates and political parties dissatisfied with the outcome had 21 days to file their objections or petitions.

"The 21-day period begins tomorrow, May 23," he said in a statement.

The petitions could be filed at the high courts in the respective states, he added.

Obama called Najib for congratulations

Obama called Najib for congratulations

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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

Parliament may convene by June

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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

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

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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

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah presenting the letter of appointment to Najib after the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Negara. -Bernama

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Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in for a second term by Malaysia's king on Monday, a day after his 56-year-old ruling coalition retained power in a general election.

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Najib Declares His Oath As Prime Minister Of Malaysia

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

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak took the oath of office as Prime Minister, following Barisan Nasional's return to power in the 13th general election.

Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in for a second term by Malaysia's king on Monday, after his 56-year-old ruling coalition retained power in elections branded as fraudulent by the opposition.

Najib, accompanied by wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, was sworn in at 4.07pm yesterday before the same King who witnessed the oath taking by his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

Also present at the ceremony were former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and leaders of Barisan component parties, according to Bernama.

Today’s ceremony provides the stamp of legitimacy for Najib who rose to office on April 3, 2009 to replace Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after Malaysia’s fifth prime minister quit mid-stream.

: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has taken the oath of office as Prime Minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah at Balai Rong Seri in Istana Negara.

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

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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

Barisan Nasional retains Putrajaya with 112 simple majority win

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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

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Jumlah peratusan undian pada PRU12 2008 ialah 76%.

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

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

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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.

Infographic: What Malaysian social media users say about PRU13

INFOGRAPHIC: WHAT 2,500 MALAYSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA USERS SAY ABOUT PRU13. SAYS recently ran a survey that some of you might've participated in. Here are the results. What was most surprising about them, to you? This weekend: live chat, results and updates on

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

Warga PDRM telah bersama-sama menunaikan tanggungjawab masing-masing sebagai pengundi awal pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13).

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Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Haji Ismail Bin Haji Omar, Ketua Polis Negara memasukkan kertas undi ke dalam kotak pembuangan undi.

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

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

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Advance polling takes place today with security forces and their spouses heading to 544 polling centres nationwide to cast their votes.

Advanced polling for security forces and their spouses.

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Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said the voting would take place from 8am until 7pm at the polling centres and would involve 882 streams.

Starting at 8.30am, excited policemen lined up in Bukit Aman's Mass Hall and Dewan Perkep. However, polling would only be open until 2pm for centres with less than 50 voters.

Insp Hairani Razali has not been able to vote in previous GE(s) due to constant moving. She cast her vote for the first time in Kampar today, "Now I feel like I finally fulfilled my responsibility."

272,387 policemen, army personnel, general operations force and their spouses were registered as advanced voters. Of the figure, 161,251 are army personnel and their spouses.

[VIDEO] Alvivi: Malaysians Talk About General Elections 2013

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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

The picture of a ballot paper meant for postal voters have been circulating on the internet. The EC said it is a serious offense to upload pictures of ballot paper on the internet.

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Uploading pictures of ballot papers on the internet is a serious offence, Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria warned today.

He said the EC had lodged a report at the Putrajaya police headquarters regarding the 13th General Election ballot papers meant for postal voters appearing on several social sites on the internet.

Kamaruddin categorically denied that the EC was the source of the pictures on the sites, saying they had started mailing postal ballots for domestic voters since April 22.

As to the name of the candidate stated on the social sites' pictures, Kamaruddin said the name was not necessarily as per the identification card.

"Candidates are allowed to choose their preferred names on the ballot papers. For example, if the voters know the candidate as 'Ustaz Kamarudin' then that is the name printed on the papers," he added.

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

The PAS-led Kedah government today declared polling day on May 5 a public holiday, the second state to do so after Kelantan.

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

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Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said the holiday would facilitate voting by public and private sector employees.

“The people can go out and vote without any problem,” he told a news conference after chairing the meeting at Kota Darul Aman here.

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

Menteri Besar Kelantan Nik Aziz march to nomination centre with supporters.

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Parti Socialis Malaysia campaigned with Pakatan Rakyat.

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In Selangor.

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A. Samad Said, Bersih co-founder present at this morning's nominations.

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In Johor

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April 20th was the 13th general election (GE13) nomination day, where is done at several place in Malaysia, Melaka nomination process was done smoothly

Nominations centers closed across the nation at 10am this morning, after opening to a frenzy of activity an hour earlier to accept submissions for the 222 federal and 505 state seats being contested.

Today also marks the official start of the campaign period, which ends at midnight before polling day on May 5.

There were several last-minute changes to the list of candidates, not only in the Barisan Nasional but also in the opposition camp.

A total of 1,767 nomination forms have been snapped up for parliamentary seats, of which 301 were bought by independent candidates.

As for state seats, 3,229 forms were sold with the independents grabbing 696 of them.

A large number of people who were not chosen as candidates for BN and PR are expected to file their papers as independents.

For the first time ever, there will not be a public objection period against any potential candidate as election rules have been amended to remove this process.

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

Voters will be marked with the indelible ink before being given their ballot papers to prevent any confusion, said Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

EC says voters' finger will be marked with indelible ink before given the ballot paper. But Tindak Malaysia questions this move as it can smudge the ballot paper, leading to spoilt votes.

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Ballots would not be issued to a voter who refuses to show his left index finger for inspection for any trace of ink or refuses to have it marked.

Tindak Malaysia president said EC rules on the ink usage were in contrast to the common practice in other countries which only marked a voter’s finger with ink after voting.

Meanwhile, he also questioned the need to fold the ballot paper before it was handed over to a voter because there is no rule that requires this to be done.

“The ballot paper is folded twice. And to unfold it you would naturally need to use both your hands. It’s highly possible that the ballot paper may be smudged."

“Does it then count as a spoiled vote? The EC did not give us a clear-cut answer. They could just place the ink next to the ballot box and allow voters to dip their fingers after voting."

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

Kelantan has declared a "cuti peristiwa" (occasional holiday) for polling day on May 5, a Sunday, which is a working day in the state.

April 18: Kelantan says polling day will be a public holiday for GE13.

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"It is not necessary for them apply for leave or seek time off to go and vote," Kelantan MB Nik Aziz who declared the holiday told a news conference.

Meanwhile, Bernama reports that Terengganu is expected to declare a public holiday on polling day

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof had earlier said that if necessary, a holiday could be declared to allow the people to go out and vote.

He also reminded employers in both the public and private sectors that they were obliged by law to allow their employees to vote.

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.
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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

Bilakah hari pengudian untuk pilihan raya undi 2013?

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SPR mengumumkan akan mengadakan mesyuarat khas esok untuk memutuskan tarikh bagi penamaan calon dan pengundian bagi PRU-13.

It would also check with the Meteorological Department on the weather forecast before deciding on the polling day, he told reporters.

"We do not want the date to coincide with any cultural or religious day, or with important events." said Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

It was possible for polling day to be held on a weekday, after considering all relevant factors said Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

The Election Commission (EC) does not rule out the possibility of polling in the 13th general election being on a weekday though the tendency has been on a weekend.

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

In this picture, Wanita UMNO is said to be spreading blatant lies about Pakatan Rakyat through letters directed to members and their friends and family. Did Wanita UMNO really created this letter? Photo courtesy of

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Wanita UMNO is having their members spread such lies to their families; friends and the general public! This is malicious and seditious yet the PDRM is keeping silent!

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

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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

Nik Aziz has announced the dissolution of the Kelantan State Assembly.

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Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced the state assembly’s dissolution at Level 5, Komtar, at 11.15am.

KEDAH: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak today announced the dissolution of the Kedah legislative assembly to enable state elections to be held.

KELANTAN: Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat malam Khamis mengumumkan pembubaran Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kelantan berkuat kuasa Khamis.

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

The Election Commission (EC) has lost whatever credibility it had left, said PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.

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The Election Commission’s (EC) claim that it did not receive a complaint about dubious voters in the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat is a lie, alleged its PKR lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar.

She referred to EC chairman Abdul Aziz Yusoff who said that Nurul Izzah had not consulted the electoral body on the existence of dubious voters in Lembah Pantai before taking court action.

The statement made by the EC chairman is tantamount to lying. We have been responsible, we have tried our best. The EC left us with no choice but to seek legal recourse,” said the first-term MP.

“Such statement destroys any credibility they have left because they do not take seriously the issue of phantom voters with such remark," she said.

She added that it also showed that the EC is not serious about cleaning up the electoral roll of dubious voters.

31 March: Analysts say Chinese vote is small but influential

PM Najib Tun Razak has been trying very hard to win the Chinese votes this election season.

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Chinese voters still wield clout in deciding a BN or PR win in Election 2013 despite their smaller numbers, political analysts have said, due to the way electoral lines are drawn.

The number of Chinese eligible to vote now stands at 3.94 million due to demographic reasons, or just about 29.68 per cent of Malaysia’s 13.3 million total voters, according to Sin Chew Daily.

Political analyst Wong Chin Huat noted that the Chinese vote would be especially influential if the Chinese voted as a bloc.

“Quite a sizeable number of mixed seats still where Chinese voters continue to remain influential in the determining outcome,” said Merdeka Center for Opinion Research director Ibrahim Suffian.

Penang and Kuala Lumpur have the largest percentage of Chinese voters at 53.3% and 52.2% respectively, Johor 38.8%, Perak 37.7% and Selangor 34%.

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?

1,010 Housewives sue Selangor state govt who is held by Pakatan Rakyat For RM5,858,000 for not fulfilling its 2008 manifesto promise.

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FULL STORY: A total of 1,010 housewives are suing the Selangor state government, who is held by Parti Keadilan Rakyat and its Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, an amount of RM5,858,000.

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

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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

From @PMOMalaysia: "The rumours stating that the Parliament will be dissolved today by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, are not true."

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The news, quoting a statement apparently issued by the prime minister, circulated on the social websites at about 12.30 pm after Najib was seen coming out of the Istana Negara this morning.

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

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Bubar parlimen : 22 Februari 2013 (Jumaat)
Hari mengundi Piliahnraya Umum ke 13 : 30 Mac 2013 (Sabtu)

“Walaupun kita telah kehilangan beliau, tetapi pendedahannya masih ada dan menjadi isu yang amat besar dalam negara kita lebih-lebih lagi menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) akan datang,”

@AngryIndianLady: Wanna check out Matta Fair this wknd but it's more like Buta Fair because I can't plan my trip w/o knowing when is GE13! #Bubarlah

"I am planning my wedding but we are afraid the date would coincide with GE. I need to know when the election date is so I can fix a date for my wedding."

#bubarlah: Malaysian are growing impatient

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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

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A quick guide to the electoral system

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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?

IS Parliament going to be dissolved tomorrow? This is a question put forth by China Press in its exclusive report today. According to the report, quoting sources, rumours are spreading on the grou

Rumours are spreading on the ground that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak may confound poll watchers by calling for the dissolution of parliament tomorrow.

A clear indicator would be if the Conference of Rulers, which is scheduled for Thursday, and the dinner held conventionally the day before are cancelled.

Up to now, no one can be sure whether the BN can return to power or that the Opposition can march into Putrajaya.

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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