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Friday, March 7, 2008

One Last Thing Before You Vote

Tomorrow is the day we decide who will be the new government. Of course it's quite obvious that it will be BN again. And that is why we must be careful when we make our decision. We need to vote for a representative, someone who will SPEAK OUT on our behalf.

If you have not made up your mind yet, you should really read Kenny Sia's interviews with both DAP's Chong Chien Jen & SUPP's Alan Sim. I hope you will be able to see the stark difference between the two.

One last thing, before you vote tomorrow, you should also read this - Malaysia Needs a Strong Opposition. It's another article written by Michael Backman.

Here's an excerpt:
Malaysian electorates are severely malapportioned. The smallest electorates are rural; the largest are metropolitan. The largest have about six times the number of registered voters as the smallest. This means that the votes of those in the smallest seats count for many times those in the larger seats.

This sort of bias meant, for example, that in the last general elections held in 2004, the ruling coalition won 198 or 91% of the parliamentary seats with just 64% of the votes cast. The Opposition won only 21 seats or 9.6% of the seats compared with 36% of the popular vote. Had the Parliament reflected voters' actual voting intentions, there would have been 79 rather than 21 Opposition members elected

Outright fraud is another way in which Malaysians are cheated when they vote. Tens of thousands of dead people are believed to have voted in the 2004 elections.

Also at the last elections, thousands of Malaysians who turned up on polling day found that the electorates in which they were registered had been changed without their permission or knowledge. Thousands of voters were shifted into Opposition-held or marginal electorates. Absurdly, even family members living in the same house discovered that they had been registered in different electorates. Most Malaysians do vote for the ruling coalition, so the effect of this was to swamp the votes for the Opposition.

For those not in the know, Michael Backman is the dude who once equated Malaysia Boleh with Malaysia Bodoh. Sounds juicy eh?

Tonite, as we drove past Chong Lin Park, hundreds of cars were parked everywhere like nobody's business. Apparently Chong Chien Jen was giving the last round of talk. 10,000 people were expected to turn up.

Tomorrow nite, I will be eating kuachee & peanuts in front of the TV, patiently awaiting the results for Sarawak.

1 comment:

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

wow. that analysis of the % voters to the no. of seats is so eye-opening. and so frustrating. what a crooked govt!