Saturday, May 4, 2013

Malaysia election 2013

Malaysia election 2013 is coming soon, it is scheduled on 5-5-2013. Can Najib win big or lose the battle? For sure both head of Barisam Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat will have the long sleepless night on 4-5-2013. I think both will think " Can we successful in this 13th Malaysia general election?, Yes, We can. ". But there is one ultimate winning team. If Pakatan Rakyat have the strong support, then Malaysia will enter to the new stage, the history of Barison Nasional of ruling the country since year 1957 will become the history. From the latest survey , We know the fight is ready close, We hope Malaysia election 2013 is the smooth one. I hope all candidates are gentleman, all working staffs are honest, then everybody will be happy regardless of the election outcome. Now We ready do not know the actual outcome because we yet to see the results on the election night probably after 10PM. From the opposition camp's rallies, We saw so many supporters 60000 from 28-04-2013 to 02-05-2013, We ready can not underestimate the opposition camp. Can the election outcome the surprise one, I mean Barison Nasional lose all the seats?  So far, we heard a lot of news related to Barision national or the ruling party news. The local newspaper has the wide coverage about Najib's view on Malaysia election. it give the impression that many support BN but hardly see any positive news from opposition camp, We can only see negative news from opposition camp, the reporting is too obvious, one sided. You simply buy the local newspaper, then just glance through the titles, you can see for yourself, it look like from page one to page 2,3,4,5,6,7....are the BN diaries.Can the local newspaper report fairly on Malaysia general election 2013, I mean the coverage on opposition camps. I think it can be done may be in the following election year 2018 or beyond. we yet to observe their reporting style if BN lose this time, it will be the interesting things to observe. It will be the ideal situation if Malaysia general election can be carried out smoothly without any fraud. We hope honesty can be realized on this election.
Malaysians are going to the polls in what is widely expected to be the most closely contested general election in the country's history.
PM Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by Anwar Ibrahim.
Voters are faced with returning the ruling party, in power for 56 years, or choosing an untested opposition.
Ahead of the polls, allegations of various forms of fraud have emerged.
For the first time since Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957, correspondents say there is a real possibility that the opposition headed by Mr Anwar may be able to unseat the ruling party.
The possibility of an end to more than half a century of one-party rule has made this the hardest-fought election anyone can remember, says BBC South-East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head.
The hunger for change, especially among younger Malaysians, has given the opposition real momentum during the campaign, says our correspondent.
But the ruling party has significant advantages, he adds, in the cash it has spent on crowd-pleasing hand-outs, and in the way Malaysia's parliamentary system over-represents rural areas, where the government's support is strongest.
Clamour for change? Barisan Nasional, while credited with bringing economic development and political stability, has also been tainted by allegations of corruption.

Malaysia 2013 polls

  • Election is expected to be Malaysia's most keenly contested poll since independence
  • PM Najib Razak leads the long-dominant coalition Barisan Nasional (National Front)
  • Anwar Ibrahim leads the three-party opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat
  • Key issues include corruption, race-based policies that favour Malays and the economy
But it remains to be seen whether Mr Anwar's coalition, comprising parties of different ethnicities and religions, can persuade voters to choose an alternative government.
Mr Najib, 59, said he was confident that Malaysians would retain his coalition and even return the two-thirds parliamentary majority Barisan Nasional lost in the 2008 polls.
"I asked myself, why are we getting more support from people?" he said during a campaign rally on Thursday.
"Because for the last four years we have proved that our national transformation has been able to protect and benefit all Malaysians."
He told supporters in his home state of Pahang on Saturday that he wanted to "carry on with the trust" placed in him, saying: "The task of transformation is not over yet."
Meanwhile, Mr Anwar, 65, said people's clamour for change meant that Pakatan Rakyat would emerge victorious.
"God willing, we will succeed," he told the Associated Press news agency.
"People have enough of this semi-authoritarian rule, of complete [government] control of the media, of strong arrogance, of power and endemic corruption."
On a campaign stop in the north on Friday evening he told supporters it was "an election of the people fighting oppressive and corrupt rulers."
'Support the process' Allegations of election fraud have surfaced before the election. Some of those who voted in advance have complained that indelible ink - supposed to last for days - easily washed off.
The opposition has also accused the government of funding flights for supporters to key states, which the government denies.
"In the past few months we are already hearing rumours and unsubstantiated statements about the presence of foreign nationals being given IDs and then allowed to vote," Ibrahim Suffian, director of the independent pollster Merdeka Center, told Reuters news agency.
Mr Razak's party, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), said the flights had been funded by supporters and not the prime minister himself.
It said they were routine efforts to help voters get home.
Speaking on Saturday in his home state of Penang, Mr Anwar said his party had advised supporters "to remain calm, not to be provoked, not to take the law into their own hands, support the process".
"Unless there's a major massive fraud tomorrow - that is our nightmare - we will win," he told AFP.
Rights group Human Rights Watch also said there had been well-planned attacks against the country's independent media ahead of the polls.
It said on Thursday that readers were unable to access several online news sites providing coverage of opposition candidates.
The opposition heavy weight Mr.Anwar Ibrahim is worrying too much about Malaysia general election 2013. What the opposition leader worried about? He is worried about corruption in the general election 2013, he has passed a handwritten note to Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr asking for help.
Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister to Dr Mahathir in the 1990s, says he has uncovered evidence and produced it in parliament which reveals fake voter registrations and other anomalies.
The poll is due to be held sometime next year but there is widespread speculation the government will go early.
AM's Tony Eastley spoke by telephone to Mr Anwar in Kuala Lumpur last night and asked him what evidence he had to support his concerns of vote rigging.

"We have produced and submitted specific evidence based on the electoral roll prepared by the election commission, where we showed a few hundred thousand people who are ineligible to vote, not allowed to vote, or some who are not eligible, who are 12 years old or two years old, in the electoral list," he said.
Mr Anwar said the election commission admitted it was at fault during a private discussion with members of parliament yesterday.
"The election commission is supposed to be independent. But right now of course they, in their statement, in their public announcement, seem to represent the ruling UMNO party," he said.
"But one of the other major demands - there's not one minute of access to the mainstream media. So how [does the] election commission consider this fair elections when the opposition has been denied even one minute of air time?
Mr Anwar has questioned the independence of the members of the election commission.
"They are political appointees and, many of them, we have actually produced evidence they're even card-carrying members of the ruling party, which runs contrary to the requirements of the law of the commission," he said.
Mr Anwar has called on Australia to help ensure a corruption-free election.
"In my note to Minister Bob Carr and my discussions earlier with Kevin Rudd I said look, you talk about free elections in Afghanistan and Iraq - why are we rather muted when it comes to free elections in Malaysia?" he said.
"I'm not asking you to intervene beyond that. Why are you now talking about the need for free elections in Burma and not saying anything about neighbouring countries?"
Senator Carr has told The World Today he received Mr Anwar's letter on Monday but there is not much Australia can do.
"The Malaysian elections are a matter for the Malaysian people. It's very hard for Australia to do anything about how they're run, as hard as it would be for Malaysia or another government to have a say in how Australian elections are run," he said.
"We're not the election authority for Malaysia."
Senator Carr says Mr Anwar also raised the issue with him during his recent visit to Malaysia.
"I heard him express concerns and in the letter he underlines them by making accusations of fraudulent registration processes and raising concerns that the election can reflect popular will. We can't comment on that," he said.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has also raised serious questions about the integrity of the Malaysian electoral system and says Australia must urgently send election observers to Malaysia.
Senator Xenophon has told the Senate he has heard grave concerns about the vilification of candidates, gerrymandering, and fraud.
He says Australia needs to become involved and consider offering the expertise of the Australian Electoral Commission.
"Our great historical and enduring friendship and bond with Malaysia demands that Australian take a leadership role at this historic juncture, specifically Australia should send a parliamentary delegation to observe the preparations for the election as a matter of urgency, not in coming months but in coming weeks," he said.
Senator Carr says the only way a parliamentary delegation would be sent to Malaysia is through an official request.
"The only way that can happen is for the government of Malaysia to ask for assistance, and then we'd respond," he said.
Now Malaysia election is coming 5-5-2013. Let's see what opposition parties' strategies. Can opposition parties defeat the strong giant BN, Let's watch closely, it definitely has some surprises....  

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