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Pakatan Rakyat should not concede defeat!

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:25 PM PDT

The Opposition Alliance, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), should seize the moral high ground on the 13th General Election concluded on May 5 and refuse to concede defeat without putting up a fight of its life over the Barisan Nasional (BN) seizing victory from the jaws of defeat through means more foul than fair. If PR refuses to concede defeat, BN cannot claim any legitimacy in Government. 

It's now or never! Ini Kali Lah!

Joe Fernandez

PR has estimated that it's not happy with the counting process in well over 20 parliamentary seats alone which would have taken it pass the 112 seat threshold. The errant counting process must be coupled with the revelations so far at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) in  Sabah which is set to resume its hearings very soon.
Besides, there are other factors to consider like illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls in Malaya as well, brushed aside ever so often by the Election Commission (EC), and which make the entire gazetting process of the rolls inherently null and void from the beginning.
A gazette is not law but merely the publication of a government announcement. Surely, it cannot be the intention of Parliament to allow the gazetting of tainted electoral rolls.
It's not a question of closing the stable doors after the horses have bolted.
The Opposition has raised various malpractices with the EC on numerous occasions but has always been given the short end of the stick on their constant complaints. The Opposition, being rather naïve on their part, deluded themselves into thinking for a while that the extent of electoral fraud would not be perpetrated to a degree that would affect the outcome.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened on May 5. The election results corrupted by malpractices which affected the outcome are inherently null and void. Such errant votes must be discounted for the actual tally to be known.
The media has reported the complaints of voters who found that they couldn't cast their votes because someone else had apparently stolen their identity and beaten them to it. Such complaints could be the tip of the iceberg considering that not all registered voters turned out to cast their votes. This would not prevent rogue elements from getting mercenaries to vote on behalf of the absentee voters.
There could be eligible voters who did not bother to register themselves but were registered anyway by other rogue elements who could have shepherded mercenaries to vote on behalf of such "voters".
How many dead voters still on the electoral rolls turned up to vote?

These things have happened in the past in Sabah as raised with the EC by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Supreme Council member Christina Liew Chin Jin Hadhikusumo in Sabah. She had discovered some two dozen 100-year-olds still on the electoral rolls and who had reportedly "turned up to vote in elections". It's not known whether the 100-year-olds turned up on May 5.
The bottomline is whether the extent of ineligible people voting affected the outcome of the elections.

There are various approaches which can be taken in the event that PR cannot concede defeat.
For starters, the Opposition needs to take up the counting process with the EC which would be well advised to stop being a BN lackey and take heed of objections and either provide the necessary and acceptable clarifications or make rectifications. The infamous postal votes are a sore point as well as the not so indelible ink. In the meantime, it cannot rush to gazette the election results.
The matter of objections would also mean that the EC should not inform the Chief Secretary to the Government that any coalition or party has won the 13
th General Election.
In case the EC stubbornly decides to bulldoze its way through to the Chief Secretary's Office, the Opposition should take up the matter with the Secretary of the Palace who can then advise the King accordingly.
No Government must be sworn into office in Putrajaya until and unless the real winner can be determined in a definitive manner by the EC, the Election Court or the King.
The question of the BN chairman Najib Abdul Rahman laying claim to the Prime Minister's position in the meantime does not arise. The King would not be able to conclude by any stretch of the imagination that Najib commands the confidence of the majority of the Parliament "elected" on May 5. There should be a vetting process on this.
Not all MPs in Sabah and Sarawak are happy with Najib and they should be allowed to have their say on the issue of who should be Prime Minister i.e. Najib, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim or someone else. The matter should be put to vote among the MPs whose victories are not in dispute.
Within Najib's own party, Umno, the Tengku Razaleigh faction may not be on the same page as the party president and coalition chief.
The Election Court may not be the ideal solution if it continues to take the view that the electoral rolls, once gazetted, cannot be challenged. Such a law is unconstitutional and against the principle of Rule of Law but assuming the electoral rolls are not challenged, the gazette itself and gazetting process can be challenged.
There's a risk here that the Court will fall back on technicalities, aided by the Attorney General, and knock out any electoral petition. It has happened before and can happen again.
The swearing in of the MPs can be delayed except where both sides of the divide agree on a list of seats which are not in dispute. Such MPs may be able to facilitate the summoning of Parliament and its opening by the King.
The King can also step in and swear in an Interim Government composed of both sides of the divide in Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. This would call for the sharing of Federal Cabinet and government posts among the three territories until a regular Government can be set up.
The Interim Government would be the best way for BN to avoid getting into tricky legal grounds following the not so clean and not so fair elections on May 5.
No matter what happens as we go forward in the days and weeks ahead, and even months, it's clear that except for Umno, the BN is deader than dead in Malaya. It cannot be business as usual, a point which was made on Sat 8 Mar, 2008 after the 12
th GE.
The BN is alive and kicking in Sabah and Sarawak where it continues to be mauled by the Opposition.
The 2011 Sarawak election was a watershed as the Opposition took 16 seats in the state assembly.
Fast forward to 2013, the Opposition has taken 12 seats in the Sabah state assembly and three parliamentary seats and another six parliamentary seats in Sarawak.
There are 165 parliamentary seats in Malaya. PR has taken 80 seats and BN 85 seats.
In Sabah and Sarawak, the question is whether the BN's 48 parliamentary seats in Borneo are still pledged to continue supporting BN in Malaya or whether it will have any qualms in defecting to the PR camp if they are given the short end of the stick as in 2008. It was then Borneo which saved Umno in Malaya.
The refusal of Putrajaya to reward Sabah and Sarawak in the wake of the political tsunami in 2008 forced the Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) to quit the BN on 17 Sept, 2008. The pullout took place a day after the 16 Sept, 2008 People's Revolution envisaged by PR failed to materialize for various reasons including the commencement of the Sodomy II prosecution against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The fear is that Sun 5 May, 2013 may be a repeat of Sat 8 Mat, 2008 and both Sabah and Sarawak will continue to be stubbornly shortchanged by Putrajaya even as PR waits in the wings.
Malaya cannot continue to hog the Federal Government which the 1963 Malaysia Agreement holds should be shared with Sabah and Sarawak in equal partnership.
Joe Fernandez is a graduate mature student of law and an educationist, among others, who loves to write especially Submissions for Clients wishing to Act in Person. He also tutors at local institutions and privately. He subscribes to Dr Stephen Hawking's "re-discovery" of the ancient Indian theory that "the only predictable property of the universe is chaos". He feels compelled, as a semi-retired journalist, to put pen to paper -- or rather the fingers to the computer keyboard -- whenever something doesn't quite jell with his weltanschauung (worldview) or to give a Hearing to All. He shuttles between points in the Golden Heart of Borneo formed by the Sabah west coast, Labuan, Brunei, northern Sarawak and the watershed region in Borneo where three nations meet. He's half-way through a semi-autobiographical travelogue, A World with a View.


Malaysia's polls close amid fraud claims

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:20 PM PDT


(Australia News Network) - One man of Filipino descent, with the Sulu surname Kiram, carried an ID card with the number 49 on it, which apparently indicates foreign status. He told opposition representatives that he was issued with the card at the administrative capital Putrajaya. 

Polls have closed in Malaysia amid concerns that electoral fraud could influence the election outcome.

The opposition coalition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, is attempting to unseat the Barisan National (BN), which has held government for more than 50 years.

Lines of up to one kilometre long have been reported as voting got underway on Sunday at more than 8,000 polling sites across the country.

But many voters have accused prime minister Najib Razak's government of trying to steal the election, as indelible ink that he touted as a guarantee against voter fraud was found to easily wash off.

"I wash it with Dettol and the ink all came off, it should not come off according to the authority," one voter said.

"It's not a problem for me, but what I think, there will be a lot of fraud as a result of this removal of the ink."

Meanwhile, the opposition and democracy activists are claiming they have caught foreigners voting in the election.

They allege the voters are foreign migrant workers who have been issued with Malaysian ID cards - a claim that BN has strongly denied.

One man of Filipino descent, with the Sulu surname Kiram, carried an ID card with the number 49 on it, which apparently indicates foreign status.

He told opposition representatives that he was issued with the card at the administrative capital Putrajaya.

His finger was marked with indelible ink to show that he had in fact voted.

Read more and watch the video at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-05/an-malaysia-polls-closed/4670740 

Keputusan PRU 13: Tsunami Cina atau Tsunami Malaysia?

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:14 PM PDT


Adakah tidak mungkin bahawa ini bukan tsunami Cina atau cauvinisme kaum, tetapi tsunami Malaysia yang berpaksikan aspirasi dan realiti baru, khasnya di kalangan pengundi muda? 
A Kadir Jasin 
UPDATE, 6 Mei - Pencapain BN lebih buruk daipada 2008. Kerusi Dewan Rakyat jatuh daripada 140 kepada 133. Kerusi DUN jatuh daripada 306 kepada 274 walaupun tawan semula Kedah dan sahkan penguasan ke atas Perak. Buat kali pertama sejak PRU 1969, undi popular BN lebih kecil daripada pembangkang. Setuju dengan pembahas yang ini bukan "tsunami Cina" kerana di negeri majoriti Melayu pun prestasi BN merosot misalnya Terengganu. 

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"PLEASE accept the results." (Tolong terima keputusan). Demikian kata penyudah Perdana Menteri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak dalam sidang akhbar ketika menerima kemenangan Barisan Nasional dalam PRU 13 di Ibu Pejabat Umno sebentar tadi.

Secara ringkas, pemerhatian awal saya ialah Barisan Nasional tidaklah boleh berbangga apatah lagi keras kepala dengan prestasinya kerana ia sebelum ini ia menguar-uarkan akan menang besar dan memperoleh semula kelebihan dua pertiga dalam Dewan Rakyat serta menawan semula negeri-negeri yang dikuasai Pakatan Rakyat.

Sebaliknya, pencapaiannya lebih buruk daripada 2008 kerana PR berjaya menembusi Johor dan memperoleh lebih banyak kerisi di Sarawak, dua negeri simpanan tetap BN serta berjaya mengusai lebih banyak kerusi DUN di seluruh negara.

Walaupun PR gagal dalam kempen "Ubah" dan "Ini Kalilah" untuk menguasai kerajaan pusat, namun ia memperluaskan kehadirannya di semua negeri.

BN berjaya memenangi semula Kedah, mempertahankan Perak, tetapi gagal menguasai semula Selangor dan Kelantan walaupun jentera propagandanya memberi gambaran Selangor dalam tangan dan Kelantan ada harapan. Cakap besar Selangor akhirnya memakan diri sendiri.

Pulau Pinang tidak perlulah disebutkan lagi. Gerakan dan MCA punah di negeri itu. Umpan yang Mohd Najib berikan kepada orang Cina tidak bermakna. Orang Cina menolak BN secara terang-terangan.

Read more at: http://kadirjasin.blogspot.com/2013/05/keputusan-pru-13-tsunami-cina-atau.html 

Lynas shares rise on Malaysian election results

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:12 PM PDT


(BBC) - Shares in Lynas, which has a rare earth plant in Malaysia, surged 18% after the National Front coalition retained power in that country's general election.

Australia's Lynas has faced a long-drawn out legal battle against environmental activists in the country.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had said he would re-visit Lynas' permit for the operation if he won power.

Rare earths are metals used in many household products such as mobile phones and TVs.

Lynas's $800m (£502m) facility near the city of Kuantan, in Pahang state, is the largest outside China.

China controls more than 90% of the world's supply of rare earth metals. Beijing has been accused in the past of restricting their availability to make a diplomatic point.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22423928 

Mukhriz to be sworn in as Kedah Menteri Besar at 3pm

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:09 PM PDT


(The Star) - Kedah Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Mukhriz Mahathir will be sworn in as the Kedah Menteri Besar at Istana Anak Bukit here at 3pm on Monday.

Mr Mukhriz said the Tengku Bendahara of Kedah, Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah, would receive the instrument of appointment from Prime Minister and Barisan chairman Najib Tun Razak.

"The instrument of appointment is to officially inform that I have been appointed as the Kedah Menteri Besar and the new BN government in the state will honour all the promises made in the BN's election manifesto.

"I think the promises made will take up our time in the next five years as we have listed so many activities and programmes for the people.

"The objective is to increase revenue for the state and to provide a better life for the people," he told a media conference.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition wrested back Kedah state from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Sunday's election. BN won 19 of 36 state seats, giving it a simple majority.

Mr Mahathir, the son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, won his Ayer Hitam state seat.

The PR alliance led by Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) had ruled the state for the last five years but Kedah is seen as the weakest of the PR states. 

As results sink in, big winners are KL tycoons and Lynas as stocks rally

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:04 PM PDT


(TMI) - The 59-year-old prime minister could now come under pressure from conservatives in his own ruling party for not delivering a stronger majority despite a robust economy and a US$2.6 billion deluge of social handouts to poor families. 

Stocks surged as much as 6.8 per cent this morning and the ringgit jumped to a 10-month high, after Barisan Nasional (BN) extended its 56-year rule and fended off a strong opposition challenge that had unnerved investors.

The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index rose to a lifetime high of 1,808.90 by 9.02am in response to yesterday's general election, with stocks linked to the coalition and its favoured tycoons gaining handsomely, Reuters reported this morning.

BN won 133 seats in the 222-member Parliament in the election, although it failed to regain the two-thirds majority it lost for the first time in 2008. 

It also lost the popular vote.

With all results in, BN polled 5.220 million votes to Pakatan Rakyat's 5.489 million, for a deficit of 269,130 votes based on calculations by The Malaysian Insider. The Election Commission has yet to release the official results.

This was proportionally down from the 4.082 million votes the coalition polled in Election 2008, against the 3.796 million that the parties of PKR, the DAP, and PAS collected then.

The last time an Umno-led coalition lost the popular vote was in 1969, then contested by BN's predecessor, the Alliance Party.

But the repercussions of its win were felt beyond Malaysian shores.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/as-results-sink-in-big-winners-are-kl-tycoons-and-lynas-as-stocks-rally/ 

Malaysia coalition extends rule despite worst electoral showing

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:02 PM PDT


(Reuters) - Malaysia's governing coalition extended its half-century rule despite its worst-ever performance in a general election, potentially undermining Prime Minister Najib Razak and exposing growing racial polarization in the Southeast Asian nation.

Najib, 59, could come under pressure from conservatives in his ruling party for not delivering a stronger majority in Sunday's election despite a robust economy and a $2.6 billion deluge of social handouts to poor families.

The National Front won 133 seats in the 222-member parliament, down from 140 in 2008 and well short of the two-thirds majority that Najib had aimed to capture. The opposition won 89 seats, up from 82 last time.

Kuala Lumpur's stock market could gain on Monday on investor relief that the untested opposition failed to take power, but any optimism could be tempered by the prospect of political uncertainty due to the weak win. The Malaysian ringgit surged to a 10-month high early on Monday.

While support for the ruling coalition from majority ethnic Malays remained solid, ethnic Chinese who make up a quarter of Malaysians continued to desert the National Front, accelerating a trend seen in the previous election.

Ethnic Chinese have turned to the opposition, attracted by its pledge to tackle corruption and end race-based policies favoring ethnic Malays in business, education and housing.

Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-malaysia-election-idUSBRE9430B720130506 

Malaysian regime wins polls, Anwar alleges fraud

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:01 PM PDT


(Global Post) - "It is an election that we consider fraudulent and the EC (Election Commission) has failed," an exhausted-looking Anwar told reporters.

Malaysia's ruling coalition retained its 56-year hold on power in hard-fought elections Sunday, but a bitter opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the polls were tainted by fraud and refused to concede.

The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak ceded just two seats in the election to end at 133, maintaining a firm majority of the 222-member parliament.

But he became the first leader of the regime, which has controlled Malaysia since independence in 1957, to win with a minority of the popular vote.

Najib, 59, called for a spirit of "reconciliation" but rejected any challenge to the outcome of the polls, marked by record voter turnout and a fierce campaign that laid bare deep polarisation in the country.

"This is the decision of the people," he told cheering supporters in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

But Anwar was in no mood to concede after the hopes of his three-party Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact) alliance were dashed by a tide of late results in favor of the ruling coalition that Anwar calls corrupt and oppressive.

"It is an election that we consider fraudulent and the EC (Election Commission) has failed," an exhausted-looking Anwar told reporters.

Voters took to the Internet on Sunday in droves to accuse Barisan and the EC of trying to steal the election, as indelible ink that Najib touted as a guarantee against voter fraud was found to easily wash off.

Videos, pictures and first-hand accounts of purportedly foreign "voters" being confronted at polling centres by angry citizens also went viral online.

Read more at: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysian-regime-wins-polls-anwar-alleges-fraud 

Lady luck deserts Gerakan in GE13

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:53 PM PDT


(Bernama) - The just-concluded 13th general election (GE13) did not favour Gerakan as it ended up with only one parliamentary and three state seats. 

It had contested 11 parliamentary and 31 state seats in the hard-fought election which saw Barisan Nasional (BN) returned to power.
The sole parliamentary survivor was Liang Teck Meng who defended the Simpang Renggam seat for a second term by defeating Suhaizan Kaiat of PAS with a 5,706-vote majority.
The three state seats won by the BN component were Sidam in Kedah, Pemanis in Johor and Tanjong Papat in Sabah. 
In the 2008 general election, Gerakan won two parliamentary and four state seats. 
Conceding defeat and his failure to deliver in the GE13, Teng Chang Yeow announced he would step down as Penang BN chairman and Gerakan secretary-general. 
In 2008, Penang fell to the DAP after 39 years under Gerakan.


MIC survives tough battle to win 4 federal seats

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:51 PM PDT


(TMI) - The MIC survived a tough battle before emerging victorious in four parliamentary seats when the results of the 13th general election were announced last night.

Out of the nine parliamentary seats allocated to the MIC by Barisan Nasional (BN), party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (Cameron Highlands), deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (Segamat), vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan (Tapah) and Putera co-ordinator P. Kamalanathan (Hulu Selangor) walked away with victories.

Major MIC casualties were vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany (Sungai Siput, Perak), secretary-general Datuk S. Murugesan (Kota Raja, Selangor) and national information chief V.S. Mogan (Telok Kemang, Negri Sembilan).

MIC candidates A. Prakash Rao and A. Sakthivel (central working committee member) both lost in the Subang and Kapar parliamentary constituencies, respectively, in Selangor.

In GE13, the MIC contested nine parliamentary and 18 state seats, one less from nine parliamentary and 19 state seats contested at the last general election in 2008.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mic-survives-tough-battle-to-win-4-federal-seats/ 

GE13: Chandra - Significant Chinese vote swing has implications

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:48 PM PDT


"This is a great pity because we are a multi-ethnic society. No MCA representation in the government would be a setback to the multi-ethnic and kongsi (share) policies we believe in," he told The Star.

The significant swing in Chinese votes towards Pakatan Rakyat has several implications as the country moves forward in the aftermath of an extremely tense 13th general election, said Dr Chandra Muzaffar.

The International Movement for Just World (JUST) president said the overwhelming Chinese preference for DAP had resulted in a lack of community representation in the new Barisan Nasional government.

He pointed out that MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had said the party would not take up any government posts if its performance worsened from the 2008 general election.

It had won 15 parliamentary seats in 2008, while at press time, the MCA won just eight seats this time.

"This is a great pity because we are a multi-ethnic society. No MCA representation in the government would be a setback to the multi-ethnic and kongsi (share) policies we believe in," he told The Star.

Dr Chandra believed that there would be a strong backlash from the Malay community as well, saying that many of them believed that Barisan chairman and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had "bent over backwards" to win Chinese hearts in the past five years.

He said this could in turn affect Najib's position within Umno itself, as his efforts to woo the Chinese had not yielded the hoped-for results.

Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute CEO Tan Sri Michael Yeoh said the big swing in Chinese voters towards DAP had occurred because they believed Barisan would be booted out of office.

Calling it a "Chinese tsunami", he said it was quite clear the results showed greater racial polarisation with the rural Malays moving largely back to Umno as well.

"What's important is that there has to be some form of healing for the nation. We must bring the people back together again in the next several months," he said.

International Islamic University of Malaysia professor Datuk Seri Dr Syed Arabi Idid hoped that MCA would not relinquish its representation in the Government.

He felt the strong Chinese swing was not so much about racial polarisation but was based on issues.

"Moving forward, Barisan should address some issues of national interest that cut across all political parties and resolve them together with the opposition," he said, adding that Najib's message of national reconciliation was a very positive stand.


In GE13, BN wins Malay heartland, Pakatan the cities

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:46 PM PDT


(TMI) - There are two Malaysias. One from the Malay heartland that swung back to Barisan Nasional (BN) on Datuk Seri Najib Razak's 1 Malaysia campaign to retake Kedah and run the country despite a smaller federal majority in Election 2013.

The other is a multiracial Malaysia that gave more votes, federal and state seats to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) especially in cities and towns, reflecting the growing rural-urban divide of a fast-developing nation.

The record 80 per cent turnout from the 12.9 million voters eligible to cast their ballots in yesterday's general election and close results in BN victories reveal hardcore support for either coalitions, firming the idea of a two-party system in Malaysia.

And the divided loyalties of the majority Malays between being grateful to BN that has developed Malaysia in its 56 years of unbroken rule or taking the promise of equity from three parties campaigning against cronyism and corruption that they blame on the ruling coalition. In the end, BN won 133 federal seats and Pakatan took 89.

"I think they were taken in by some of the undertakings given by the opposition... and that's why there was that swing.... and a lot of sentiments there, some of them racial in nature, that were being played up in this election, which is not very healthy for this country," Najib told reporters at the Umno headquarters early this morning, shortly after a simple majority victory cemented BN's place in Putrajaya.

"I expected it but I did not expect it to this extent. None of us expected it to this extent. But despite the extent of the swing against us, BN did not fall," he added.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/in-ge13-bn-wins-malay-heartland-pakatan-the-cities/ 

Crying foul, Anwar disputes GE13 results

Posted: 05 May 2013 04:36 AM PDT

Syed Jaymal Zahiid, TMI

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he will not accept the Election 2013 result, accusing the Elections Commission (EC) of rigging the polls to give Barisan Nasional (BN) victory.

As results streamed in, the PKR de facto leader said Pakatan Rakyat will not recognise the legitimacy of the outcome, claiming that several hotly-contested seats were marred by allegations of widespread fraud.

"As of now we are not accepting the results," the visibly upset Anwar told a press conference packed with supporters, local and international pressmen.



Ramai `heavyweight’ PAS kecundang

Posted: 05 May 2013 02:57 AM PDT

Mohamad Sabu, Haron Din dan Husam Musa antara yang kalah selain kehilangan beberapa kerusi parlimen yang dimenangi pada tahun 2008.

Muda Mohd Noor, FMT

Beberapa tokoh besar PAS kalah dalam pilihan raya umum ke 13 ini, antaranya termasuk Timbalan Presiden, Mohamad Sabu di kerusi parlimen Pendang.

Timbalan Muryidul Am PAS, Datuk Harun Din kalah di kerusi parlimen Arau.

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa pula tewas di Putrajaya, manakala Salahuddin Ayub kecundang di Pulai.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad gagal mempertahankan kerusi Kuala Selangor yang dimenangi pada 2008.

PAS juga kalah di Baling,  Kubang Pasu, Jerai, Jerlun, Padang Terap dan Sik.

Parti itu juga kehilangan negeri Kedah yang dimenangi pada tahun 2008 kepada Barisan Nasional.

Bagaimanapun, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang menang di Marang; Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat (DUN Chempaka) dan Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Parit Buntar) serta Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Kota Raja).

Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Khalid Samad berjaya mempertahankan kerusi parlimen Shah Alam selepas mengalahkan Datuk Zukifli Noordin dari Barisan Nasional.

Naib Presiden Datuk Mahfuz Omar menang di Pokok Sena dan Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak di Sungai Tiang.

Rampas 3 kerusi

PAS juga merampas dua kerusi parlimen – Dungun dan Kuala Nerus- kedua-duanya di Terengganu dan Temerloh di Pahang melalui Nasrudin Hassan, Ketua Pemuda Pusat.

PAS kehilangankerusi parlimen Titiwangsa, Kuala Selangor, Pendang, Baling, Sik, Padang Terap dan Jerai.

Senarai calon parlimen PAS yang menang pada pilihan raya umum ke 13.

1) Shah Alam – Datuk Khalid Samad
2) Pokok Sena – Datuk Mahfuz Omar
3) Kota Raja   – Dr Mariah Muda
4) Tumpat – Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar
5) Kubang Kerian  – Ahmad Baihaqi Atiqullah
6) Pengkalan Chepa – Izani Hussein
7) Marang – Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
8) Kuala Terengganu – Datuk Raja Kamarul Baharin
9) Dungun  – Wan Hassan Wan Ramli
10) Kuala Nerus – Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali
11) Pasir Puteh – Nik Mazian Nik Mohamed
12)Pasir Mas – Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz
13) Parit Buntar – Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa
14) Bukit Gantang – Idris Ahmad
15) Hulu Langat – Dr Rosli Che Mat
16) Temerloh – Nasrudin Hassan
17) Kuala Krai – Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli
18) Rantau Panjang – Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
19) Kota Bharu – Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan
20) Sepang – Hanipa Maidin
21) Sungai Besar – Mohd Salleh Husin
22) Bachok – Ahmad Marzuki Shaari


SPR results as at 3.45am 6th May 2013

Posted: 05 May 2013 01:53 AM PDT

We’ve won, claims Anwar

Posted: 04 May 2013 11:33 PM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim asks Umno and the Election Commission to accept the people's decision.

(FMT) - Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed that Pakatan Rakyat has won the 13th general election.

"Pakatan has won. We urge Umno and the Election Commission [EC] not to attempt to hijack the results," said Anwar on his microblogging site, Twitter at about 7pm.

An aide of Anwar said that the Twitter message was not the job of hackers and it came from Anwar himself.

He said that when he contacted Anwar the opposition leader said that it was his genuine Twitter message.

Later, the Prime Minister's Office stressed the need to wait for official results.

"People decide elections, not politicians. We must all wait for the official election results to be announced by the EC," said PMO via Twitter.


‘Phantom voters employed by Pakatan’

Posted: 04 May 2013 07:53 PM PDT

BN cyberytroopers claim phantom voters were employed by Pakatan to discredit the caretaker government.

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT

Barisan Nasional cybertroopers are claiming Pakatan Rakyat had employed phantom voters to discredit the caretaker government.

This claim comes following numerous reports by Pakatan observers that foreigners – mostly from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal – were seen queing up at polling stations across the country to cast votes.

However, several pro-BN blogs have claimed they have evidence that the foreigners were employed by Pakatan themselves to be used to discredit BN.

They also said that reports have been filed at the Election Commission (EC) and claimed the issue would be addressesed during the EC's press conference later this evening.

"Our parties have discovered PKR's modus operandi in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam and Pantai Dalam not too long ago. PKR had employed these foreigners, gave them ICs, sent them to polling stations and pretended to be caught to give them (PKR) credit," blogger Afiq KLTown said on his Facebook page today.

"The opposition are all desperate and cannot accept the fact that they will lose, and therefore had resorted to create this cheap propaganda," he added.

He however did not explain how PKR could give ICs to the foreigners when the National Registration Department was under the purview of the BN-controlled federal government.

Controversial blogger Papagomo further claimed that two Bagladeshi nationals had been detained by the police after admitting that they had received RM250 each from PKR to manipulate votes.

"Three Malaysians were detained with two Bangladeshi's in Lembah Pantai today in suspicion of creating chaos," Papagomo said.

"The suspects are believed to have been trying to manipulate the election today by claiming the Bangladeshi's were voting on behalf of BN," he added.

It was reported earlier today that a suspicious voter from Sabah was questioned by Pakatan Rakyat workers in Pandan, Selangor, when he attempted to claim money at their booth after voting.

Pandan PKR candidate Rafizi Ramli told reporters that the voter could not sing national anthem Negaraku, and could not recall the address stated on his IC.

The man then claimed to have voted for PKR, and the 'Rocket' DAP as well, which had fielded its candidate for the Teratai state assembly seat there.


Rival groups scuffle in Air Puteh

Posted: 04 May 2013 06:41 PM PDT

A '1Malaysia' group member has been detained by the police following a scuffle with DAP supporters.

(FMT) - Rival groups from Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional were embroiled in a scuffle outside a polling station this afternoon.

The incident took place outside the Kong Min Chinese, Air Itam, Penang school at 3pm.

"A group of motorcyclists wearing 1Malaysia T-shirts confronted the DAP supporters here," said an eyewitness.

Following that, an argument ensued and this turned into a fight with both groups tradings punches.

Some onlookers joined the fight and assaulted the "1Malaysia" group as they fled the scene.

The police have detained a member of the "1Malaysia" group who had sustained minor injuries.

Though the fracas was a small one, it caused a major traffic jam in the area.

Incumbent Wong Hon Wai of the DAP is facing a straight fight with Gerakan's Loo Jieh Sheng for this state seat.


Kedah police identify group planning to cause disturbance at 15 polling centres

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:48 PM PDT

(The Star) - Kedah police have identified several individuals planning to cause disturbances at 15 tallying centres in the state.

Kedah police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said also being put under close security are several government department buildings including the state administrative building Wisma Darulaman.

"We receive information that certain groups planned to stage gatherings at tallying centres with the intention to cause disturbance.

"We also received information concerning text messages circulating among these groups calling for the gathering," he said in a press conference on Sunday.

He said police would take action on the illegal gatherers under Section 141 of the Penal Code.

"We will give them warning, but if they refuse to disperse, we will take action on them," he said.


Pakatan not likely to win, Malay support lukewarm

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:43 PM PDT

The irony of this election, then, is that ordinary Chinese, in having seized a seeming opportunity for electoral gain, will only have deepened their marginalisation. And ordinary Malays, in voting once again to subsist on a drip of paltry benefits – and to savour a warm mist of racial supremacy – will have done most to prop up the wealth of Umno's warlords.

(Free Malaysiakini) - The 13th general election has been portrayed by many analysts in hopeful ways: the best prospect ever for opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim to win the prime ministership; a chance at last for democratic change; and an end to the country's insidious 'race-based' politics.

Just now, I am in the southern state of Johor, birthplace and bastion of the country's dominant Umno. It is here, then, that after their electoral gains five years ago, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat has opened a new front. Pakatan is a lively coalition in which Anwar's vehicle, PKR, mediates between DAP, made up mostly of ethnic Chinese, and PAS, a mostly provincial Islamic party.

salahuddin ayub lim kit siang walkabout 260413 3DAP founder and advisor Lim Kit Siang (far right) and PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub (centre) have thus descended on Johor to contest the state's parliamentary constituencies. But I am doubtful. Over a bottle of promotional Ubah water, a local director of DAP operations confides that 'the Malays are not as warm as we had hoped'. And PAS' political gatherings are sorely under-attended.

To be sure, a Pakatan rally in the town of Skudai night before last, featuring Anwar, Salahuddin, Kit Siang, and his able son, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, drew some 70,000 to its car park locale. But the audience appeared to be entirely Chinese.

And the more the Chinese might declare their solidarity, the more the Malays take fright, their disgust over corruption in Umno outweighed by reawakened worries about the loss of their indigenously framed 'special rights'. In turn, Umno, with its coalition partner, MCA scorned by most Chinese, prepares to go it alone, banking on re-energised Malay support.

And indeed, with only the urban Malay middle class having attained self-confidence enough to heed Pakatan's call, Umno will claim three-quarters of the community's vote. Pakatan, then, will not win even the 30 percent support among the Malays which, combined with the backing of the Chinese, its leaders estimate would bring them victory – all things being equal.

Pakatan needs a landslide

And to add to Pakatan's problems, of course, things are not equal. Instead, under the Malaysian variant of authoritarian rule, sometimes cast by analysts as 'electoral authoritarianism', the playing field is vastly uneven, upended by grievous forms of gerrymandering and malapportionment, a partisan use of civil servants and state resources, extensive vote-buying, off-the-cuff development grants, a badly distorted electoral roll, a pliable election commission, a misrepresentative first-past-the-post system, an absurdly abused media, and a worrying usage of goons.

NONEThus, to overcome so uneven a playing field, Pakatan needs a landslide. But it can hardly expect to attain this, heaving failed to extend its appeal beyond an alienated Chinese minority and a progressive, yet tiny Malay sub-sect, whatever the leadership skills and front stage charisma of its leaders.

I anticipate, then, that Pakatan will make scant headway in the 13th general election. Kit Siang will be defeated, though narrowly, in the constituency of Gelang Patah. PAS' candidates in Johor and Putrajaya, some of the bravest in the party, will lose much more decisively. Anwar will withdraw from national politics to more international platforms.

Thus, Pakatan's component parties, having given it their best shot, will grow strained as they return to more narrow party strategies and regional gains. And a gloating Umno will substantially renege on its last-minute pledges to the Chinese, though perhaps follow through on a few commitments to returning Indian sons.

The irony of this election, then, is that ordinary Chinese, in having seized a seeming opportunity for electoral gain, will only have deepened their marginalisation. And ordinary Malays, in voting once again to subsist on a drip of paltry benefits – and to savour a warm mist of racial supremacy – will have done most to prop up the wealth of Umno's warlords.

Thus, after this election, Malaysia will re-equilibrate in its standard trajectory, achieving far better standards of development than regional norms, yet perpetuating much inequality.

Some last thoughts

However belatedly, Prime Minister Najib Razak is at his heart's extremities a reborn reformist. The coolness of his tweets has legs. He cannot debate Anwar Ibrahim, for he will lose. He cannot deny Rosmah Mansor her diamonds, for he will lose again. And he can hardly refuse Perkasa.

And of course, he carries the baggage of amassed patronage resources – as any leader of Umno must do. But ingatlah: quite in keeping with Malaysian political tradition, he is a reasonable and astute leader in what is surely one of East Asia's most complex societies to oversee. Malaysia will thus remain in above-par hands.

Lastly, let me offer a word for the Royal Malaysian Police, the alleged partisanship of whom is often decried. Over the past week, I have seen them at Pakatan ceramah directing traffic many hours on end, bareheaded, standing in the heat and the rain, waving through middle class Chinese motorists, assisting parking, and generally keeping order.

I hear too that they have held the line between Pakatan and BN bullyboys. The police did say that they would keep the peace this election. By gum, much in contrast to their counterparts in other regimes in the region, they have done it. Let us hope that the rest of the state apparatus can do the same if in the very unlikely event that Pakatan comes to power.


WILLIAM CASE is professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies and former director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at City University of Hong Kong.


Caught In The Dead Of Night – BN’s Suspected ‘Flying Voters’ Say They Are From Nepal!

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:08 PM PDT

No we are not Bangladeshi we are Nepalese! Innocent plantation workers shipped in by RISDA and doing what they are told?

Sarawak Report 

UMNO have admitted they are behind the chartered flights to bring 'voters' in from East Malaysia.

They have attempted to say there is nothing wrong in it.

But, stunning new footage, posted just hours before polling booths open, now indicates that some of those 'voters'  are actually Nepalese plantation workers with foreign passports.

The footage, shot by activists, concerns a hundred workers, who arrived from Sabah into KL on a Malindo flight into in the dead of night, May 3rd.

Intriguingly the MAS Wings charters that had originally been scheduled to carry the 'voters' from Sabah had turned out to be completely empty, according to the clean election campaigner Haris Ibrahim of ABU (Anything But UMNO).

His team were on standby to record the arrivals. Could it be that our earlier expose had caused a change of plans?

If so, we question why?  Because, if all was above board, as BN claimed, why would these passengers have suddenly been pulled off the planes?

However, the activists were soon aware of a separate Malindo flight, which arrived just after, packed with foreign workers from Sabah (Malindo is 51% owned by the Defence Ministry, which Najib Razak was till recently the Minister of).

These workers were piled into vans with the rubber industry RISDA logo emblazoned on them.

RISDA has already been integral to BN's vote-catching plans.

The organisation admitted just a few days ago in Kuching that they had been 'directed' to pay rubber plantation workers an election incentive of RM500, as a boost to the party's attempts to hold on to key seats in Sarawak – payments that had to be distributed before election day, May 5th!

The activists filmed the Sabah workers queueing to get their passports back from the organisers and each being handed a mysterious packet at the same time.

Read more at: http://www.sarawakreport.org/2013/05/caught-in-the-dead-of-night-bns-flying-voters-say-they-are-from-nepal/ 


Anwar’s politicisation of ‘fraud’

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:53 PM PDT


Anwar and the Pakatan have built their campaign upon the perception that the electoral system is rigged in favour of the incumbent.

Nile Bowie, FMT 

There is no doubt that social-media commentators will not take kindly to the message of this article. Regardless of our political persuasions, those in the electorate should not abandon objectivity when assessing the claims of political orators on both sides of the divide.

According to recent polling evaluations conducted by the Merdeka Center, the country is nearly spilt down the middle with respect to May 5th's decision; the result is too close to call for anyone to make a definitive conclusion.

Therefore, some would call Anwar Ibrahim's recent assertion that only 'massive fraud' would prevent his victory, to be deeply disingenuous and politically irresponsible.

This statement presupposes that any election result that yields anything other than Anwar's victory is: invalid, illegitimate, and fraud.

This and other statements made by the opposition leader alienate anyone who votes for Barisan Nasional (nearly half the country, according to independent polls).

For a man who has spoken at length to foreign press about turning Malaysian into a 'mature democracy', such a scathing statement utterly fails to communicate these aspirations by demonstrating his willingness to politicise hearsay and disregard polls that claim Barisan has about the same level of support that he enjoys.

Anwar and the Pakatan have built their campaign upon the perception that the electoral system is rigged in favour of the incumbent, and in doing that, speculation on opposition news portals has become unquestionable truth for many who get their news through social media.

Momentary hysteria ensued following recent allegations that the Election Commissions' indelible ink can be washed off, which was used allege that BN would cheat its way into power by allowing people to submit multiple ballots.

Read more at: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/05/05/anwar%E2%80%99s-politicisation-of-%E2%80%98fraud%E2%80%99/ 

Manager mistaken for phantom voter assaulted

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:47 PM PDT


(The Sun) - A policewoman's husband was beaten up by a group of men at a voting centre at Rawang after being mistaken for a phantom voter this morning.

Tajudeen N. Anver Bacha, 49-year-old manager who is a Malaysian was walking towards a voting centre at Batu 17, Rawang when he was blocked by the men were loitering in the vicinity.

They accused him of being a Bangladeshi before ordering him to leave. When he tried to explain he was a local, the assaults began.

"There were about 20 or 30 of them.They were violent and attacked me from behind. I was kicked and stopped from voting by the men. They also snatched an elections slip with my voting details I printed out." Tajudeen told theSun at noon.

The victim whose wife is a police officer at Bukit Aman lodged a police report at the Rawang police station soon after the assault.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a press conference at Bukit Aman at noon said police will not tolerate such actions and will look for the assailants.

Khalid was asked on allegations of phantom voters who arrived in buses at Kulai, Johor this morning who Johor police later clarified were Rela members reporting for duty, he said if the Kulai police chief had said they are Rela members then it should be accepted by the complainants.

"We want to make it clear that we are not going to protect or defend any party for wrongdoings during the voting process. We have no reason to lie, if we find they are not phantom voters then that is our findings.

"Anyone with information of Bangladeshis or other foreigners arriving in flights and buses should lodge a report with the police and we will take necessary action. Do not take the law in your own hands.

"How can you tell someone is a foreigner in Malaysia when we live in a multi-racial country," he said.


Planned Messiness?

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:45 PM PDT


KTemoc Konsiders 

From Malaysiakini's polling day live report Malaysia decides, but process often 'messy' the common denominator appears to be EC officers insisting on messy and unnecessary procedures which cause long queues, frustrations and hardships to voters, or perhaps in my suspicious mind, "some" voters.

Perhaps an oxymoron here - Planned Messiness - may be appropriate.

It's known the EC lacks impartiality, and has been long suspected of being an UMNO tool. Already voters have shown that the so-called indelible ink could be rubbed off with grass, fortifying the voters suspicion that the ink has along been a joke and not meant to deter repetitive voting by (other camp's) "some".




Nonetheless, let's hope and see whether the determination and mass of voters will overcome the EC's questionable procedures.

Latest: Stupid remarks by EC's Wan Ahmad, who said: "I'm not worried about indelible ink being washed off today because tomorrow you can't vote."

But can't one vote again and again and again today.

Read more at: http://ktemoc.blogspot.com/2013/05/planned-messiness.html 

Using Sentiment Analysis For The Malaysia General Election

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:08 PM PDT


It seems with the available data online from the past 30 days, Barisan National and Najib Razak will retain control of the country  

Next Up Asia 

We recently did a sentiment analysis with JamiQ on the upcoming Malaysia General Election and try to figure out what the internet thinks about the parties and leaders in this upcoming election. Using technology to monitor the internet sentiment analysis is a wonderful tool which analyze posting on the internet to figure out their influence and also sentiment.

(You can also check out our other posting on interesting ways to follow the Malaysia General Election)

With this, we can figure out how positive or negative the people feel about a particular topic and hopefully make a prediction on the results of the 13th Malaysia General Election.

According to wikipedia

Sentiment analysis or opinion mining refers to the application of natural language processing, computational linguistics, and text analytics to identify and extract subjective information in source materials.
Generally speaking, sentiment analysis aims to determine the attitude of a speaker or a writer with respect to some topic or the overall contextual polarity of a document. The attitude may be his or her judgment or evaluation (see appraisal theory), affective state (that is to say, the emotional state of the author when writing), or the intended emotional communication (that is to say, the emotional effect the author wishes to have on the reader).

Note: All these are 30 days data from the time of publishing.

Read more at: http://www.nextupasia.com/using-sentiment-analysis-for-the-malaysia-general-election/ 

Pakatan in Putrajaya: Taib, Dr M in dock?

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:04 PM PDT


Losing the 13th general election will be akin to opening the Pandora boxes owned by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Taib Mahmud, Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah.

Awang Abdillah, FMT

The 13th general election is being turned into the toughest, ugliest and dirtiest election ever in the history of Malaysian politics, mainly due to the incumbent government's unwillingness to accept defeat.

But it is not so much the defeat itself that Barisan Nasional fears but rather the consequences of a defeat.

So much is at stake for Taib Mahmud and his Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) if Umno-BN loses this general election.

Firstly, losing the polls will mean surrendering the executive power in the government. This means the loss of opportunities to continue enriching themselves and squandering more of the nation's wealth.

Secondly the exposure of all their misdeeds by the new government backdated to the year 1981 until today.

And lastly the retributions they will get from the law.

Hence the phobia of these three realities compel the Umno elites to plan all kinds of strategies to stop the opposition from winning in the forthcoming election.

The Umno elites are desperate to keep all their ill-gotten riches in secrecy and, away from public knowledge.

These filthy rich Malaysians are the nation's unsung billionaires. These crooks forget that whatever one does has a tag attached or associated with it.

As all these riches are mostly obtained by corrupt and unlawful means, their wealth is associated with evilness and they cannot escape the consequences of keeping, owning or spending them.

Keeping these stolen riches is akin to owning a Pandora box and losing this 13th GE will be akin to opening the box.

Read more at: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/05/05/pakatan-in-putrajaya-taib-dr-m-in-dock/ 

Gambar: BANGLA bernama NAJIB berjaya di tahan di Klang mahu pergi mengundi! [update] Posted by ...

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:57 PM PDT


Malaysians Must Know the TRUTH

Lokasi dikesan : Batu 3 jalan Kota Raja Kg Jawa 5 Mei 2013.
Diharapkan "Banglasia" atau warga asing lain di Malaysia tidak layak untuk mengundi pada pagi ini... 
"Bukan Bnaglasia atau warga asing lain yang menentukan halatuju negara untuk 5 tahun selepas ini, tetapi kita semua rakyat Malaysia"

Read more at: http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/2013/05/gambar-bangla-bernama-najib-berjaya-di.html 

Ink not so indelible after all

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:49 PM PDT


(FMT) - A reader told FMT that he washed away the indelible ink on his finger by using toothpaste.

A reader today told FMT that he managed to wash away the indelible ink put on his finger by voting officers this morning just after one hour upon casting his votes.

"All I did was to wash my finger with toothpaste. Although there are small signs of ink around my fingernail, by large, I managed to remove the ink," he said.

He also provided FMT with a photo of his ink-free finger.

Just like this reader, there are other voters who have taken to the social media to state that they too have successfully removed the ink from their fingers.

A voter named Goh (photo) from Likas, Sabah, also showed off his "almost clean" finger just minutes after voting at SJK Ching Hwa Likas in Kampung Air KK.

FMT journalist K Pragalath is another voter who managed to wash away the ink.

"I washed my left index finger half an hour after polling with a dish washing detergent. Ninety percent of my finger is clean," he said [see photo below].

Read more at: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/05/05/ink-not-so-indelible-after-all/ 

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