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Archive for March 6th, 2008

A Subang Jaya Ceramah

By Christopher John “I FEEL like Obama!” exclaimed DAP’s Teng Chang Khim, speaking at a ceramah in USJ 12 in Subang Jaya on Saturday, March 1. He added, “I thought I was great. I thought I could attract 4,000 to 5,000 people, but now I know that I am not that great. Now I regret. [...]

Another Country, Another Election

by Farish A. Noor [Updated with correction at 9.02pm, March 6, 2008] The 4,000-strong crowd at the PAS ceramah in Kota Bharu on March 3 night. Photos by Danny Lim.   TUAN Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat looked a little grey and fuzzy on the videocam screen of the Special Branch (SB) officer who stood [...]

Mafrel, Bersih protest EC decision on indelible ink

By Jacqueline Ann Surin [email protected] KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) chairman Abd Malek Hussin and several other coordinators have withdrawn as Election Commission (EC)-accredited polls observers, to protest the EC’s sudden decision to scrap the use of indelible ink in the March 8 polls. “In order to defend the principle of [...]

Koh: Umno doesn’t dominate Penang

By Jacqueline Ann Surin [email protected] PENANG: Gerakan acting president and outgoing Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has refuted the opposition’s charge that Umno dominates the Barisan Nasional (BN), especially in this northern state. Presenting statistics at a press conference here on March 4, he said the number of constituencies that have [...]

Redeeming Malaysian elections

By Lim Hong Hai Malaysia has held regular elections since independence. This is no mean achievement. But elections not only have to be regularly held. They also have to be “free and fair” if they are to effectively structure and civilize political contestation and to confer legitimacy on government by the victorious party. Malaysian elections [...]