Thursday, December 23, 2010



MAFREL is looking for volunteers for the forthcoming Tenang by-election scheduled sometimes in January 2011. A total of 30 volunteers will be required for static and mobile observation and monitoring work during the Nomination day, the campaigning period and the Polling day.
We urge volunteers, especially from Johor, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to register themselves with the MAFREL Secretariat at This new batch of volunteers will form the core of the new Southern Chapter of MAFREL.
For further info please contact Col. (B) Shaharudin Othman at 019 2344363 or Arphan Ahmad at 012 2731016.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

PKR's Ansari,Edmund's widow,Teck Lee in thrilling Batu Sapi fight

Sunday, October 24, 2010
PKR's Ansari,Edmund's widow,Teck Lee in thrilling Batu Sapi fight
Malaysia Chronicle

SANDAKAN - Pakatan Rakyat has named lawyer Ansari Abdullah as its candidate for the Batu Sapi by-election, while BN's PBS raised eyebrows by naming the widow of the late Edmund Chong as its candidate.

Former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee of SAPP has already declared his intention to join the contest.

Sunday's announcements complete the three key figures battling for the seat left vacant by Edmund, who was killed in a bike accident earlier this month. It also sets the stage for a thrilling fight in what had initially been believed would be a predictable walkover for the PBS.

Several independent candidates are expected to throw their hats into the ring as the Election Commission has revealed more than 20 sets of nomination papers have been sold.

How they stack up

Ansari, a prominent lawyer, is also the Tuaran PKR division chief. Party insiders say he is a well-liked figure and regarded as being one of the fast-rising leaders in the 'new-breed' reforms-oriented movement within Sabah PKR.

As for 54-year old Linda Tsen, she is also no stranger to politics, being a vice-president and executive council member of the PBS Wanita's central leadership.


However, political watchers say it may be too soon to hail her agreement to contest her late husband's seat as a BN coup. Although she may garner a lot of sympathy votes, it may not be enough to win in Sabah's extremely competitive political arena, they warned.

Working against her will be the flamboyant and well-seasoned Yong Teck Lee, who can be expected to mount a strong challenge for the Chinese votes.

PKR people believe this will boost Ansari's chances as he will not only be able to tap into the Muslim electorate, but can also count on the Pakatan's multiracial reach for support from the non-Muslims.

Yong Teck Lee

The Batu Sapi electorate is made up of 59 percent or 15,099 Muslim bumiputra, 38 percent or 9,737 Chinese, 2.69 percent or 689 non-Muslim bumiputra and 0.22 percent or 57 others.

The late Edmund was a two-term MP for Batu Sapi.

Nomination day is on Tuesday, Oct 26, while balloting is on Nov 4.

Concurrently, another by-election will be taking place in Galas, Kelantan, where the main contest will centre around PAS' Dr Zulkefli Mohamad and Umno's Abdul Aziz Yusof.

Dua calon dekat di hati rakyat bertarung di Galas

Pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas menyaksikan pertarungan dua calon yang dekat di hati rakyat serta berpengalaman memberikan khidmat kepada masyarakat di Gua Musang.

BN memilih Abdul Aziz Yusoff, 49, iaitu pengurus Pejabat Operasi Lembaga Kemajuan Kelantan Selatan (Kesedar), sebuah agensi pusat
bertanggungjawab memacu pembangunan Hulu Kelantan, yang dirintis ketua Umno Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah ketika menjadi menteri kewangan.

Anak kelahiran Kampung Bertam Baru, dekat Paloh, mula mencurahkan bakti kepada masyarakat setempat selepas menyertai Kesedar sejak 1983, dengan hanya berbekalkan kelulusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.

Ini merupakan kali pertama beliau dipilih bertanding di kawasan DUN, sekaligus menjadikan Abdul Aziz sebagai muka baru yang diberi mandat oleh kepimpinan Umno.

Bagaimanapun, Abdul Aziz yang juga Setiausaha Umno bahagian Gua Musang, perlu melepaskan jawatannya dalam Kesedar untuk bertanding pada pilihan raya kecil itu.

PAS pula meletakkan pengamal perubatan Dr Zulkefli Mohamad, 44, yang juga pemangku yang dipertua parti itu di Gua Musang, sebagai calon untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil 4 November itu.

Lulusan Universiti Malaya itu berkhidmat kepada masyarakat melalui kliniknya di Ciku 3, iaitu kira-kira 50 kilometer dari bandar Gua Musang.

Dr Zulkefli merupakan anak bekas Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Guchil pada 1974, iaitu Mohamed Awang.

Berbeza dengan calon BN, beliau adalah muka lama yang berpengalaman dan pernah bertanding di Parlimen Gua Musang sebanyak dua kali, iaitu dalam pilihan raya umum 2004 dan 2008, namun tewas di tangan Tengku Razaleigh.

Biarpun pernah tewas, kepimpinan PAS ternyata mempunyai keyakinan kukuh terhadap calonnya itu kerana Dr Dzulkefli pernah mengalahkan Ketua Umno Gua Musang di DUN Galas pada 2008 dengan kelebihan 317 undi.

Pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas diadakan berikutan kematian penyandangnya Che Hashim Che Sulaima, 46, dari PAS, yang meninggal dunia akibat kanser usus pada 27 September lalu.

- Bernama

Monday, October 18, 2010


Pengerusi MAFREL, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh menegaskan bahawa kehadiran dan peranan MAFREL dalam mana-mana pilihan raya umum atau kecil adalah penting sebagai suara ketiga yang mewakili rakyat. Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita laman blog Warga Marhaen baru-baru ini.

Baca seterusnya:


Anybody interested to do election observation in Sandakan (especially those from Sabah) are cordially invited to register. Contact me at 019 234 4366.

Shaharudin Bin Othman

Batu Sapi by-election

MAFREL Management Committee will meet this Wednesday 20th October, 2010 at 8.30 p.m. at the Secretary's residence in Shah Alam to discuss the Batu Sapi By-election. Members of the Management Committee and other volunteers are invited to be present. Col. Shaharuddin will also brief the meeting about his recce trip to Gua Musang last Saturday.

For more details please contact the Secretary.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

N45 Galas by-election

MAFREL is looking for volunteers to be the observers during the Galas and Batu Sapi by-election on 4th November, 2010. Those interested to be observers please contact the Secretary at or 012 2731016.

Arphan Ahmad
Secretry, MAFREL

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mafrel: Foreign funds Yes, foreign agent No

By Rahmah Ghazali

FULL REPORT KUALA LUMPUR: Elections watchdog Mafrel has admitted receiving foreign funds from the United States and Finland but rejected an accusation of being a "foreign agent".

Its president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said: “An NGO monitoring body like us needs financial aid, be it from local or foreign sources. This is the normal practice for political parties as well.”

But he rejected an accusation by a Barisan Nasional senator that the election watchdog is a “foreign agent”.

He claimed that the foreign funds were for Mafrel to carry out its work during the 2008 general election, but the agreement did not include by-elections.

The money, he explained, was used to train volunteers for the monitoring process. In return, Mafrel submitted election reports to the funders.

Syed Ibrahim revealed that the money, amounting to US$50,000 (RM170,000), came from the Finnish embassy and the US' International Republican Institute (IRI).

"There is nothing strange about this,” he said, stressing that Mafrel (Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections) has always been unbiased and transparent in its election reports.

He said foreign funding was their final option, as they were still awaiting approval for government funds.

"We had to go through a lengthy procedure and it took a long time for our application to be processed. So finally, we had to rely on other funding,” he said.

Cedibility questioned

In the Dewan Negera last Tuesday, Senator Idris Buang also questioned Mafrel's impartiality, claiming that it was founded by a former PKR Youth leader.

Commenting on this, Syed Ibrahim said: "It is normal for politicians to found companies or NGOs. Besides, we never closed our doors to any Umno, PAS or PKR members who want to become volunteers.”

Earlier, the Mafrel boss also touched on the Election Commission's decision to drop the watchdog as an independent observer due to Mafrel's delay in submitting its reports.

Syed Ibrahim blamed this on the "out of the ordinary" string of by-elections since the 2008 general election.

He said Mafrel will submit its reports on the by-elections to the media today, while its report on the Hulu Selangor by-election has also been completed.

"It is time-consuming because we need to cross-examine the facts so that we can set a high standard for our reports. We also want to ensure that the reports contain truthful and credible information,” he added.

He said Mafrel sent an official letter, dated April 12, to the EC appealing against its decision to drop the watchdog.

"But we have yet to receive an answer,” he said, adding that Mafrel will continue to play an active role, especially in the upcoming Sibu by-election in Sarawak.

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Rain or shine, Mafrel will be in Sibu

Thursday, 06 May 2010 17:09

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) will go ahead and observe the coming Sibu by-election process despite the Election Commission’s decision to drop it as an independent observer for elections.

Its chairman, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, said Mafrel would carry out observation from the nomination day on May 8 until polling day on May 16.

'Don't tell us what to do'

“The question of whether there is a need for observers or not does not arise. It will not affect Mafrel’s wish to monitor Sibu by-election. Mafrel is an independent organisation registered under the Companies Commission,” he told reporters here today.

“We will continue to carry out our operations without fear or favour. Mafrel does not need permission or sanction of any parties including EC to monitor the process.

“In fact, EC should be encouraging us to work towards the advocacy of democracy and a free and fair election process,” he said.

The EC’s deputy chairman Wan Ahman Wan Omar who said that there was no need for Mafrel or similar NGOs to be independent observers for the Sibu by-election.

He said Mafrel deputy chairman Col (R) Shahruddin Othman and another representative would be in Sibu from May 14 until May 17 to observe the campaigning, polling and post election processes.

“They will assisted by at least 20 local volunteers for the observation and monitoring process during the Sibu by-election,” he said.

Mafrel would focus on bribes offered to voters, abuse of government machinery and public resources and also possiblities of violence and threats during campaigning.

On EC withdrawing Mafrel as an independent election watchdog following its failure to submit reports of nine previous by-elections, Syed Ibrahim said Mafrel had written a letter to EC chairman on April 12 seeking a meeting and to discuss the reports but had yet to get a response from EC.

Reports of nine by-elections ready

He said Mafrel had already completed reports of the nine by-elections held after the 12th general election and a preliminary report of the Hulu Selangor by-election.

He said the delay in preparing reports was due to data scrutiny, fact verification and high standard set by Mafrel as well as the frequent by-elections in the past two years.

He said the problem could be resolved between Mafrel and EC fairly without intervention by political parties or individuals with vested interest.

On Senator Idris Buang from Sarawak who questioned the credibility of Mafrel and Mafrel’s sources of funding, Syed Ibrahim admitted that Mafrel had received funding from Finland Embassy and International Republican Institute from the US, which went towards training of volunteers and observation processes of the 12th general election.

Open about foreign funding

“We are transparent about our sources of funding. We need funding to implement our monitoring work, but it does not mean that we are a foreign agent. We are not under the influence of anybody.

“We have to prepare reports but they are not exclusive for the parties just because they had funded us,” he said in The Star report.

On Idris’ claim that Mafrel was funded by a former PKR youth leader for Selangor and Federal Territory, Syed Ibrahim said : ”Many organisations are founded by politicians but it has to be clearly understood that the role of Mafrel is as an independent professional observer.”

Rife with offences

In its preliminary report on Hulu Selangor by-election, Mafrel highlighted that the campaign for the by-election was marred by incidents of vote buying attempts and blatant election offences committed by both candidates.

It stated that party big-wigs from both Barisan Nasional and PKR went around promising millions of ringgit in development and aid money to voters that might be construed as election offences and infringements of the provisions of the election law and result in the whole election process being declared null and void.

It said there were no serious attempts by the authorities to curtail or stop such practices.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Najib Tabur Janji Di Sibu, Mafrel Tegur Sikap SPR

SHAH ALAM, 4 MEI: Badan Pemantau Bebas Pilihan Raya (Mafrel) meminta Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) tidak menutup mata terhadap gelagat pimpinan kerajaan pemerintah yang menabur pelbagai janji peruntukan kepada pengundi Sibu.

Pengerusi Mafrel, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh berkata perbuatan menabur janji itu boleh ditafsir sebagai kempen pilihan raya dan tidak wajar berikutan proses penamaan belum pun bermula.

Beliau mengingatkan SPR, mereka perlu bebas bertindak mengikut lunas undang-undang tanpa perlu mematuhi telunjuk pimpinan Umno Barisan Nasional

Sabtu lalu, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak menjanjikan puluhan ribu ringgit kepada rakyat sibu atas kapasitinya sebagai perdana menteri sedangkan ia tak ubah seperti kempen pilihan raya.

Sekalipun mendakwa peruntukan berkenaan dibuat mengikut jadual tetapi anehnya, janji berkenaan hanya dibuat menjelang pilihan raya kecil yang bakal bermula 8 mei ini.

“Pilihan raya Sibu tak lama, sudah tentulah ia menjurus kearah itu. Minta SPR ambil perhatian," katanya yang menyifatkan janji peruntukan Najib sebenarnya lebih cenderung kepada umpan kepada rakyat untuk mendapatkan undi mereka semata- mata.

“Kita tidak menafikan perkara itu boleh dilihat sebagai satu bentuk gula-gula sebab ia berlaku dalam tempoh dekat dengan pilihan raya kecil," katanya lagi.

Mafrel menyatakan tidak salah untuk Najib turun padang bertemu rakyat tetapi perdana menteri ini perlu telus dalam tindakannya dan tidak memanipulasikan lawatan untuk berkempen.

“Apa-apa usaha berunsur kempen sebelum waktu kempen tidak sepatutnya berlaku.
Bukan bermakna Najib tidak boleh jumpa rakyat tetapi bergantung kepada kenyataan yang dibuat, Adakah bersifat kempen atau tidak. Ini memerlukan pemantauan dari SPR,” katanya.

Mafrel Tetap Pantau Proses Pilihanraya Kecil Di Sibu

SIBU 4 Mei - Pemantau Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Mafrel) tetap akan menghantar petugas untuk memerhati perjalanan pilihan raya kecil bagi kerusi Parlimen Sibu kata Pengerusinya Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

Mengulas kenyataan Timbalan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar yang dipetik sebagai berkata Mafrel tidak diperlukan sebagai pemerhati di pilihan raya kecil Sibu dengan alasan kononnya SPR sudah melantik enam pasukan penguatkuasaan untuk tujuan itu.

Syed Ibrahim berkata dasar sama ada badan pemantau diperlukan atau tidak bukan menjadi persoalannya kerana Mafrel adalah badan yang bebas.

"Banyak lagi keraguan yang timbul seperti daftar pemilih, kempen, ceramah dan semua ini akan di pantau bagi memastikan proses pilihanraya berjalan secara telus dan adil,

"SPR sepatutnya memberi dan meraikan ruang demokrasi yang diisi Mafrel dan kita tidak perlu kebenaran daripada SPR kerana Mafrel adalah satu badan yang bebas,

"Walaupun tidak mempunyai sumber dana yang terhad, Mafrel akan tetap menghantar petugas untuk memantau keadaan daripada hari penamaan sehinggalah hari membuang undi," tegas Syed Ibrahim kepada Suara Keadilan.

SPR telah menetapkan hari penamaan calon bagi pilihan raya kecil Sibu akan diadakan pada 8 Mei manakala hari pengundian pula pada 16 Mei .

Sumber: Suara Keadilan

Watch what they say, Mafrel tells EC

Watch what they say, Mafrel tells EC

By FMT Staff

SHAH ALAM: Polls watchdog Mafrel today urged the Election Commission not to turn a blind eye on government leaders who are are wooing the Sibu electorate with promises of allocations.

Its chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said the blatant actions of these leaders were contradictory to the rules of a by-election.

He reminded the EC that it was bound by oath to remain independent and carry out its responsibilities as per regulations.

‘There is no need for the EC to bow to the Umno-Barisan Nasional leadership. They are suppose to be independent and act in accordance to the regulations,” he said.

Syed Ibrahim's reminder came in the wake of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's fleeting trip to Sibu on Saturday, promising hundreds of thousand ringgit to Sibu voters in his capacity as premier.

The Sibu parliamentary constituency will see a by-election on May 16 following the death of its MP and deputy Transport Minister Robert Lau on April 9. Najib’s visit on Saturday was in conjunction with nominations which is set for Saturday, May 8.

Speculations are rife that it would be a tight straight fight between the late Lau’s Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and DAP.

In the 2008 election five-term MP Lau won the seat with a 3,232 majority in a three-cornered fight with DAP and PKR.

Noting the tight race, Syed Ibrahim said: “Since the Sibu-by-election is not long away, the promises and pledges are centred around this.

“We are asking the EC to take note,” he said adding that Najib’s promises could be viewed as baiting votes.

“We cannot deny that the action is seen as a tempting Sibu residents since it is happening around the time of the by-election,” he said.

Mafrel said it was not wrong for Najib to go to the ground but the prime minister must be transparent in his actions and not manipulate his visit with the people as a campaign for the by-elections.

“It does not mean Najib cannot meet the people but it depends on what statements he makes. The EC must monitor this, “ he said.

SPR has no need or scared of observers?

SPR has no need or scared of observers?
May 4, 2010 by democracy4now

Wan Ahmad of SPR

SPR is at it again: they said that SPR don’t need independent observers! But could it really be: SPR is scared of observers?
All the excuses given are spurious: if MAFREL did not submit their 9 reports SPR can still give accreditation to other observers who can!
If they claim that the enforcement team can take the place of independent observers to give feedback: where has been their feedback reports for all the time since the were created by the Parliament?
In fact they are not empowered even to enforce a fraction of the Election Offences Act 1954-they can only deal with minor issues like baanners and posters.
Also the party reps are outnumbered by civil servants like SPR, police and Council members-how can their views be heard?
The unsaid reason is: SPR is embarassed by their own poor records in terms of competence and independence!
The last international election observer who came to Malaysia ie those from the Commonwealth, judged that Malaysian elections were free but not fair.
The judgement in 1980 probably still ring true today.
The SPR’s arrogance has probably been bolstered by the doubling of its by-election budget :RM1.2mil-twice the amount spent in Batang Ai or Hulu Selangor!

May 04, 2010 14:01 PM

No Need For MAFREL Or Other NGOs To Monitor Sibu By-election: EC

SIBU, May 4 (Bernama) — There is no need for MAFREL (Malaysia for Free Election) or similar non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to be independent observers for the coming Sibu by-election.

Election Commission Deputy Chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said today it had taken detailed steps to ensure the election, with its nomination day on May 8 and polling on May 16, would be carried out in the most fair and transparent manner.

“MAFREL was not needed in the recent Hulu Selangor by-election. We are not going to need them as observers for the Sibu by-election.

“We will have formed six enforcement teams. Representatives of all the candidates will be invited to be members,” he said.

He said their inclusion would allow them to be observers at the polling centres, the tally centre and to monitor the process of campaigning, and the teams would be just as good, he told a media conference after a briefing session with all those involved here.

He said although the EC had recognised the MAFREL roles in the past nine by-election before the Hulu Selangor, they had failed to send any feedback or reports to the EC.

“The voters or candidates need not worry. We have done 12 general elections and more than 300 by-elections in the country so far and we have been regularly fine-tuning our system.

“The inclusion of representatives of all the candidates in our enforcement team is assurance enough of fairness and transparency,” he said.

Wan Ahmad meanwhile reminded all candidates and their representatives to have good knowledge of the election rule and regulations.

He said it was compulsory for them to obtain the police permit before any gathering for the police to monitor and ensure public security.

He said a budget of RM1.2 million had been allocated for the by-election.

On the announcement of the result, he expected it to be done before or by 9pm or the latest at 10pm on May 16.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Mafrel akan memantau pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu

Mafrel akan memantau pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu

April 18, 2010, Sunday

KUCHING: Malaysian for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel), akan meneruskan peranan sebagai pemantau bebas dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu.
Pengerusinya, Syed Ibrahim Alhabshi berkata, peng-iktirafan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) tidak diperlukan untuk proses pemantauan luar.

Bagaimanapun, proses pemantauan hanya merangkumi kawasan luar penamaan calon, kempen dan luar pusat mengundi berbanding pada masa lepas.

SPR pernah memberi kebenaran kepada Mafrel untuk memasuki tempat-tempat tersebut, termasuk pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Batang Ai pada April 2009.

“Tidak mendapat pengiktirafan daripada SPR bukan bermakna Mafrel terus tidak dapat melaksanakan kerja-kerja pemantauan,” katanya ketika dihubungi di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

Menurut beliau, Mafrel akan mengadakan mesyuarat khusus bagi membincangkan perkara berkaitan pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu selepas pilihan raya kecil Hulu Selangor.

Pilihan raya Parlimen Hulu Selangor diadakan pada 25 April ini, manakala semalam merupakan hari penamaan calon.

Bagi Parlimen Sibu, SPR menetapkan 16 Mei sebagai hari mengundi, selepas penamaan calon pada 8 Mei.

Mesyuarat Mafrel di Sarawak katanya, antara lain akan membincangkan jumlah petugas diperlukan.

Para petugas itu menurut beliau akan ditempatkan di beberapa kawasan tumpuan yang dikenal pasti kemudian.

“Kawasan tumpuan yang dimaksudkan kami ialah kawasan dijangka wujud persaingan sengit, kawasan panas dan jangkaan timbul keganasan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Pilihan Raya Negeri Datu Takun Sunggah berkata, Mafrel tidak diberi kebenaran untuk memasuki tempat penamaan calon, pengundian dan penjumlahan undi.

“Di Hulu Selangor pun mereka tidak dibenarkan. Begitu juga pilihan raya Parlimen Sibu kelak,” katanya.

Friday, April 23, 2010

PRK Hulu Selangor: Penamaan Calon dan Pesta

PRK Hulu Selangor: Penamaan Calon dan Pesta

18 April 2010


"Pertandingan empat penjuru - Pilihan raya kecil Hulu Selangor temukan calon BN, PKR, dua bebas", begitu tajuk berita akhbar Sinar Harian 18 April 2010. Calon BN ialah P. Kamalanathan manakala calon PKR ialah Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. Dua calon bebas ialah V.S. Chandran, bekas Naib Pengerusi MIC Hulu Selangor dan Johan Mohd Diah, AJK Pemuda Umno Shah Alam. Difahamkan kedua-duanya akan dipecat kerana melanggar displin parti melawan calon daripada parti yang sama (BN).

Semalam 17 April 2010 telah berlangsung hari penamaan calon untuk kerusi P094 Parlimen Hulu Selangor tersebut yang telah kosong dengan meninggalkannya Arwah Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad daripada PKR. Seminggu lagi iaitu pada 25 April 2010 ialah hari mengundi, bermakna ada selama 7 hari berkempen. SPR pada kali ini menetapkan hari penamaan calon dan hari mengundi pada hujung minggu. Inilah yang sepatutnya. Memudahkan pemilih untuk keluar mengundi dan memudahkan kemudahan sekolah digunakan tanpa menjejaskan waktu persekolahan.

Rentak dan mood pilihan raya kecil (PRK) lazimnya berbentuk pesta. Sebenarnya bukan hanya PRK kali ini tapi mana-mana PRK pun begitu. Samalah juga situasinya semalam di sekitar Dewan Serbaguna dan Kompleks Sukan Daerah Hulu Selangor. Belum pun gendang rasmi kempen dipalu, namun pelbagai program penerangan ala kempen telah dilakukan oleh pihak yang bertanding.

Tinjauan saya dan dua orang teman daripada MAFREL (Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections), Timbalan Pengerusi dan Setiausaha ketika hari penamaan calon, mendapati penyokong Pakatan Rakyat dan BN telah turun beramai-ramai untuk menyaksikan penamaan calon berkenaan. Kesesakan lalu lintas menuju ke pusat penamaan calon dianggarkan sejauh 5-7 km samada dari arah utara mahu pun dari arah selatan. Ini ternyata apabila banyak kenderaan yang terpaksa meletakkan kenderaan di pesisiran jalan lebuhraya utama atau highway 1, jika dari arah utara.

Kami sendiri terpaksa meletakkan kenderaan berhampiran SMAT Kuala Kubu Bharu iaitu kira-kira 3km daripada Pusat Penamaan Calon dan berjalan kaki dari situ. Apabila menghampiri Masjid Jamek Al-Rahimah Kuala Kubu Bharu, kami bertembung dengan penyokong BN yang menjadikan sebuah bangunan bertentangan dengan masjid berkenaan sebagai pusat pengumpulan penyokong sebelum berarak bersama calon. Terdengarlah nyanyian lagu 1Malaysia berkumandang melalui corong pembesar suara. Diulang-ulang...

Oleh kerana jalan terus telah padat, kami meneruskan berjalan kaki mendaki bukit dan mengelilingi pusat penamaan calon yang tidak berapa jelas kelihatan kerana di kelilingi taman dan rimbunan pokok menghijau. Setelah hampir 2 km, kami bertembung pula dengan tempat penyokong PR berhimpun. Juga meriah dengan teriakan dan sorakan. Tidak ketinggalan dari kejauhan terdengar bunyi gendang.

Ketika di sinilah baru kami ketahui bahawa kawasan pusat penamaan calon dibentengi luas dengan kawat berduri. Pada anggaran kami, ianya lebih daripada 50m yang biasanya dihadkan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR). Mungkin topografi pusat penamaan calon yang terletak di lembah dan di kelilingi taman menyebabkan pihak PDRM terpaksa membuat liputan kawat berduri yang luas bagi tujuan kawalan yang baik. Mungkin juga bagi tujuan pencegahan demi mengelakkan rempuhan dan pertembungan penyokong yang dijangka ramai.

Namun, pada pendapat kami, pencegahan dan pengawalan tersebut tidak sepatutnya sehingga menjadi penghalang kepada proses penamaan calon. Proses tersebut bukan hanya melibatkan calon, wakil calon, saksi dan pegawai SPR tetapi juga pemilih Hulu Selangor yang berhak memeriksa latar calon di ruang pameran yang disediakan dan membuat bantahan sekiranya perlu.

Pemilih Hulu Selangor khasnya dan penyokong parti (dari kalangan pemilih Hulu Selangor) amnya, perlu diberikan ruang keselesaan untuk melihat nama-nama calon yang dipamerkan dan mengemukakan bantahan sekiranya perlu dalam tempoh masa satu jam yang diberikan iaitu dari jam 10 hingga 11 pagi.

Walaupun tidak dapat membuat pemerhatian secara dekat, kami percaya nama-nama tersebut telah dipamerkan tetapi soalnya di mana dan adakah mudah bagi mana-mana pemilih untuk menelitinya? Berdasarkan pengamatan kami, tidak mudah.

Proses bantahan merupakan salah satu proses penting ketika penamaan walaupun peruntukan masanya pendek. Inilah hak yang diperuntukkan dalam Perkara 7, Peraturan Pilihan Raya 1981 iaitu bantahan boleh dibuat kepada kertas penamaan calon oleh sesiapa yang namanya tersenarai dalam senarai daftar pemilih bagi Kawasan Pemilihan dan oleh mana-mana calon bagi Kawasan Pemilihan. Oleh kerana masa yang pendek itulah, maka proses ini lebih-lebih lagi perlu dipermudahkan tanpa kebimbangan atau ketakutan kepada pembantah. Jika kawat berduri boleh melukakan Shafie Apdal dan Samy Vellu, jika kawalan polis teramat ketat dan jika lalu lintas teramat sesak, apakah hak dan proses ini dapat dilaksanakan dengan baik? Semalam, tiada bantahan telah diterima.

Dalam pada itu, pada pengamatan kami, walaupun terdapat insiden berbalas sorak dan dilaporkan balingan batu dan botol mineral namun kehadiran pihak polis telah berjaya mengawal kehadiran puluhan ribu penyokong dan mengelakkan daripada berlaku apa-apa insiden yang tidak diingini.

Selain daripada itu, kami juga difahamkan terdapat seorang bakal calon, Sdri J. Anuradha yang telah gagal menyerahkan borang pencalonannya sebagai calon bebas dalam masa yang ditetapkan. Menurut laporan media, beliau telah dihalang berbuat demikian walaupun mempunyai dokumen dan kertas penamaan calon. Di satu pihak lain melaporkan, beliau dan rombongannya tidak memiliki pas khas yang telah dikeluarkan SPR bagi menghantar borang penamaan calon. Beliau ditahan pada kira-kira jam 9.40 pagi dan kemudiannya dibenarkan masuk tetapi tetap gagal menyerahkan borang penamaan kerana melepasi jam 10.00 pagi.

Insiden ini tidak boleh dipandang mudah dan perlu diteliti oleh pihak SPR sekiranya berlaku pelanggaran hak bagi seseorang bakal calon. Pada masa ini pun, seseorang calon perlu menyediakan wang deposit yang besar untuk membolehkannya menjadi calon iaitu RM10,000 untuk kerusi Parlimen dan RM5,000 untuk kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri. Maka tidaklah seharusnya lain-lain proses menghalang seseorang yang cukup syaratnya daripada menawarkan diri sebagai calon.

Seperkara lagi yang menjadi pengamatan kami ialah penggunaan sumber dan jentera kerajaan. Hari penamaan calon dan hari-hari berikutnya sehinggalah hari sebelum hari mengundi ditafsirkan sebagai tempoh berkempen. Dalam tempoh ini, sekiranya penjawat jawatan kerajaan persekutuan atau kerajaan negeri seperti Perdana Menteri, kabinet, Menteri Besar dan EXCOnya terlibat dalam aktiviti kempen maka mereka perlulah melepaskan dirinya daripada kapasiti tersebut termasuklah menghindarkan diri daripada mengambil kesempatan daripada penggunaan sumber dan jentera kerajaan. Ini termasuklah menggunakan kenderaan rasmi, pengiring peronda polis, menggunakan kemudahan awam seperti sekolah dan lain-lain.

Dalam pengamatan kami ketika hari penamaan calon semalam, perkara ini berlaku khususnya yang melibatkan mereka yang berjawatan tinggi. Budaya ini sudah menjadi perkara biasa dalam situasi politik pilihan raya di tanah air kita dan dianggap sukar untuk dicegah. Namun, adakah kerana ia sukar dicegah maka ia tidak menjadi satu kesalahan?

Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya 1954 dalam Bahagian III, Perbuatan-perbuatan Rasuah menggariskan beberapa perkara yang menjadi kesalahan iaitu Perkara 7, Penyamaran; Perkara 8, Penjamuan; Perkara 9, Pengaruh Tidak Berpatutan dan Perkara 10, Penyogokan manakala Perkara 11, Hukuman dan Ketidakupayaan kerana Perbuatan Rasuah menggariskan hukuman jika disabitkan kesalahan. Ini adalah peruntukan undang-undang dan boleh dikuatkuasakan sekiranya dikehendaki.

Di samping itu, SPR ada mengeluarkan buku Kod Etika Pilihan raya atau Election Code of Ethics yang bertujuan untuk menyemaikan semangat dan sikap serta perlakuan yang baik di kalangan semua mereka yang terlibat semasa pilihan raya.

Perkara 6.2 (a) jelas mengatakan tidak boleh menggunakan bangunan awam untuk perhimpunan politik dan kempen, tanpa kebenaran bertulis daripada pihak berkuasa yang bertanggungjawab dan 6.2 (b) pula menyebutkan tidak boleh menggunakan kenderaan atau alat-alat komunikasi milik kerajaan untuk tujuan berkempen.

Dalam konteks ke arah pilihan raya yang bebas, adil dan telus, semua pihak seharusnya memainkan peranan mematuhi kod etika pilihan raya yang telah dibukukan oleh SPR. Peruntukan undang-undang wujud namun sekiranya tidak ada sesiapa pun yang menghormatinya atau menguatkuasakannya, maka ia tidak memberi apa-apa makna. Dan sekiranya dikuatkuasakan tetapi tidak mendapat kerjasama daripada semua pihak, sekali lagi kita tidak akan menzahirkan pilihan raya yang berintegriti, bebas, adil dan telus.

Hari ini sahaja, hari kedua kempen PRK Hulu Selangor, beberapa program yang melibatkan penjawat jawatan kerajaan berjalan di Hulu Selangor. Antaranya ialah:

• RM5.1juta diperuntukkan untuk membantu warga pekebun kecil Selangor. Ini diumumkan oleh Menteri Pembangunan Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal dalam Majlis Pelancaran Tanam Semula Risda di Ulu Rening, Batang Kali
• Peruntukan RM6 juta untuk pembangunan Sekolah Kebangsaan Cina Bkt Beruntung. Diumumkan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada 16 April ketika upacara pecah tanah sekolah
• Majlis Pelancaran pemasaran e-promosi Homestay di Felda Sg Tengi, Hulu Selangor oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri. Turut dihadiri oleh Menteri Pelancongan, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen dan Menteri di JPM, Datuk Ahmad Maslan

Sudah tentulah mereka yang terlibat akan menafikan bahawa program-program tersebut berupa kempen dan telah dirancang lebih awal sebelum PRK. Dan sebelum apa-apa tuduhan dibuat, kami juga akan menegur pihak lawan, dalam konteks ini Pakatan Rakyat, sekiranya penjawat jawatan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengambil kesempatan di atas jawatannya dan program rasmi negeri untuk berkempen. Tidak ada salahnya berkempen dengan bersungguh-sungguh tetapi laksanakanlah dengan penuh amanah, jujur dan bertanggungjawab.

Pada akhirnya, kesedaran rakyat terhadap proses demokrasi pilihan raya dan hak mereka dalam proses tersebut amatlah penting. Kesedaran rakyat pertamanya, tentang hak dan tanggungjawab mengundi dan keduanya, tentang kebijaksanaan menilai kejujuran parti dan calon yang bertanding. Kesedaran ini harus dipupuk dan ditingkat kepada tindakan supaya proses pilihan raya dapat diperbaiki pada masa akan datang. Yang terdekat ialah PRK Parlimen Sibu pada 16 Mei 2010. PRK yang ke-11 selepas PRU ke-12!

Kita tidak mungkin memperolehi sistem yang sempurna di mana semua pihak memahami dan melaksanakan tanggungjawab masing-masing dengan jujur, amanah dan adil, namun tidak ada sesiapa patut rela dengan kaedah dan perbuatan yang keji lagi terkutuk seperti rasuah, berbohong, fitnah, menindas dan salahguna kuasa seolah-olah tidak ada tuhan dan tidak ada hari Kiamat di mana seseorang itu boleh dipersoalkan!

Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh
Pengerusi MAFREL

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16
sSibu by-election 2010-04-16 13:27

SHAH ALAM, April 16 (Bernama) -- Nomination for the Sibu parliamentary by-election is on May 8 and polling on May 16, in the event of a contest.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, in announcing the dates today, said the by-election was being held following the death of incumbent Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who was deputy transport minister, last Friday.

The EC received the notification of death from the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on April 12 and determined that the seat fell vacant on April 10.

Under the Federal Constitution, a by-election had to be held within 60 days of the vacancy, he told a news conference here today.

Earlier, he presented the letter of appointment as returning officer to Sibu distrit officer Wong See Meng who would be assisted by four assistant returning officers from the government department in Sarawak.

He said the master election roll for 2009, updated until April 9 this year, would be used for the by-election.

Sibu has 54,695 registered voters comprising 52,158 normal voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.

Abdul Aziz said the nomination and tallying of the normal ballots would be held at the Dewan Suarah, Sibu, while the issuance and counting of the postal ballots would be done at the Sibu district office.

Forty-five polling stations would be opened at 39 schools, two kindergartens, a training centre, long house, public library and public recreational centre with 110 streams and 1,149 workers would be involved.

The electoral role for the by-election would be on sale from April 26 and voters could check their polling station through the EC website or the short messaging service from April 24 or call the state EC and Putrajaya.

The EC would set up six election campaign teams to monitor the activities of the candidates, he added.

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16
NewsSibu by-election 2010-04-16 13:27

SHAH ALAM, April 16 (Bernama) -- Nomination for the Sibu parliamentary by-election is on May 8 and polling on May 16, in the event of a contest.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, in announcing the dates today, said the by-election was being held following the death of incumbent Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who was deputy transport minister, last Friday.

The EC received the notification of death from the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on April 12 and determined that the seat fell vacant on April 10.

Under the Federal Constitution, a by-election had to be held within 60 days of the vacancy, he told a news conference here today.

Earlier, he presented the letter of appointment as returning officer to Sibu distrit officer Wong See Meng who would be assisted by four assistant returning officers from the government department in Sarawak.

He said the master election roll for 2009, updated until April 9 this year, would be used for the by-election.

Sibu has 54,695 registered voters comprising 52,158 normal voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.

Abdul Aziz said the nomination and tallying of the normal ballots would be held at the Dewan Suarah, Sibu, while the issuance and counting of the postal ballots would be done at the Sibu district office.

Forty-five polling stations would be opened at 39 schools, two kindergartens, a training centre, long house, public library and public recreational centre with 110 streams and 1,149 workers would be involved.

The electoral role for the by-election would be on sale from April 26 and voters could check their polling station through the EC website or the short messaging service from April 24 or call the state EC and Putrajaya.

The EC would set up six election campaign teams to monitor the activities of the candidates, he added.





Operation Centre at:

No.7, Jalan Tulip 3,

Seksyen BS 2,

Bukit Sentosa.

VENUE: Operations Centre

TIME: 10.00 AM



10.00 Introduction by Chairman.

10.30 Briefing by Hon Secretary .

12.30 LUNCH.

14.00 Recce Polling Centres.

Monday, April 19, 2010


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Kenyataan Akhbar19 April 2010

MAFREL Terus Berperanan Memantau Pilihan Raya

Pada hari ini, Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL), Badan Pemantau Pilihan Raya Malaysia ingin mengukuhkan komitmennya untuk terus berperanan dalam memantau pilihan raya negara agar menjadi salah satu proses demokrasi yang bebas, adil, telus dan mencerminkan kehendak mandat pilihan rakyat.

Sehubungan itu, MAFREL ingin mengumumkan misi permerhatiannya terhadap Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Parlimen Hulu Selangor yang bermula dengan penamaan calon pada 17 April 2010 dan pengundian pada 25 April 2010. MAFREL seperti biasa akan melaksanakan pemerhatian terhadap beberapa proses pilihan raya iaitu hari penamaan calon, kempen, hari pengundian dan pasca pilihan raya. Tiga orang pemerhati Mafrel telah berada di Kuala Kubu Baru hari Sabtu yang lalu untuk membuat pemerhatian proses penamaan calon. Mafrel juga akan menjalankan pemerhatian terhadap Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Sibu yang akan diadakan pada 16 Mei 2010.
Seramai lebih daripada 20 orang sukarelawan terlatih akan ditugaskan sepanjang proses pilihan raya tersebut. MAFREL akan memberi tumpuan pemerhatian kepada usaha-usaha memberi atau menawarkan rasuah kepada pengundi-pengundi, penyalahgunaan kemudahan dan jentera kerajaan dan sumber awam serta akan berwaspada di atas kemungkinan berlakunya perbuatan-perbuatan atau tindakan ganas dan merbahaya semasa kempen.

Isu SPR tarik semula pengiktirafan terhadap MAFREL

Di kesempatan ini, MAFREL ingin menjelaskan perkembangan tentang pengumuman Timbalan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Dato’ Wan Ahmad Wan Omar baru-baru ini iaitu tentang pengiktirafan MAFREL yang telah ditarik semula oleh SPR bagi PRK Hulu Selangor.
Sayugia dijelaskan bahawa pengiktirafan SPR terhadap MAFREL adalah sejajar dengan kehendak peraturan 8 yang memperuntukkan perkataan-perkataan “kecuali atas permintaan”, kehendak peraturan 15 (3) yang memperuntukkan perkataan-perkataan “atau orang-orang lain yang dibenarkan secara bertulis oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya” dan kehendak peraturan 25 (2)(d) yang memperuntukkan perkataan-perkataan “orang yang dibenarkan secara bertulis oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya” di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihanraya (Penjalanan Pilihanraya) 1981.
Pada setiap kali Pilihan Raya Umum atau PRK, MAFREL perlu memohon mendapatkan kebenaran secara bertulis dari SPR bagi membolehkan pemerhati-pemerhati pilihanraya yang ditauliahkan oleh MAFREL menjalankan pemerhatian terhadap tatacara proses pilihan raya yang merangkumi pemerhatian seperti berikut:

Memerhati tatacara urusan pada hari penamaan dan urusan bantahan terhadap kertas-kertas penamaan seperti mana terkandung dalam peraturan 6 dan 7 di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan raya (Penjalanan Pilihan raya) 1981;

Memerhati tatacara pengundian seperti mana terkandung dalam peraturan 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 dan 23 di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan raya (Penjalanan Pilihan raya) 1981;

Memerhati tatacara apabila pengundian ditutup seperti mana terkandung dalam peraturan 24 di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan raya (Penjalanan Pilihan raya) 1981;

Memerhati tatacara pengiraan undi sepertimana terkandung dalam peraturan 25 dan 25A di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan raya (Penjalanan Pilihan raya) 1981; dan

Memerhati tatacara penjumlahan rasmi undi-undi seperti mana terkandung dalam peraturan 25D di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan raya (Penjalanan Pilihan raya) 1981;

Dalam konteks PRK Hulu Selangor, MAFREL sebenarnya belum membuat permohonan kepada pihak SPR tetapi difahamkan melalui media bahawa pengiktirafan tidak akan diberikan. Atas dasar itu, MAFREL telah memohon penjelasan daripada Pengerusi SPR, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz melalui surat yang telah dihantar pada 12 April 2010. Sehingga kenyataan ini dikeluarkan, MAFREL belum menerima apa-apa maklum balas.

Pada masa yang sama, sayugia dijelaskan bahawa pengiktirafan berkenaan hanyalah meliputi kebenaran pemerhatian tatacara penamaan calon dalam pusat penamaan calon, tatacara pengundian dalam pusat mengundi dan tatacara penjumlahan rasmi dalam pusat penjumlahan undi. Ia tidak menghadkan pemerhatian terhadap persekitaran luar pusat penamaan calon, persekitaran luar pusat mengundi, suasana kempen dan persekitaran luar pusat penjumlahan undi. Berdasarkan pengalaman MAFREL yang telah memantau pilihan raya sejak tahun 2004, banyak insiden salahlaku dan pelanggaran pilihan raya yang besar berlaku di luar daripada pusat penamaan calon, pusat mengundi atau pusat penjumlahan undi. Contohnya, permasalahan daftar pemilih yang sering diragui, penyalahgunaan jentera dan sumber kerajaan atau penawaran suapan atau rasuah dalam bentuk wang, material dan projek ‘mee segera’ ketika berkempen selain liputan media yang berat sebelah.

Atas sebab itu, MAFREL tetap terus melaksanakan pemerhatian dan gerak kerjanya demi memastikan pilihan raya yang bebas lagi adil. Namun, MAFREL masih mengharapkan jawapan rasmi SPR tentang status pengiktirafannya. Sekiranya benar pengiktirafan tidak diberikan, MAFREL berharap ianya akan ditimbangkan semula demi manfaat kepada kedua-dua belah pihak. Sebagaimana yang telah saya jelaskan kepada media, sekiranya laporan-laporan yang gagal disiapkan oleh MAFREL menjadi sebab pengiktirafan tidak diberikan maka MAFREL sedia memberi komitmen menyiapkan semua laporan berkenaan sebelum PRK Hulu Selangor.

Amalkan Etika Pilihan raya yang adil dan bebas

MAFREL menggagaskan pilihanraya yang berwibawa, aman, bebas dan adil. Ia berdasarkan prinsip-prinsip hak asasi dan demokrasi sebagaimana termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan, perjanjian dan protokol antarabangsa.
Atas dasar ini, MAFREL ingin menggesa parti-parti lawan dan penyokong memainkan peranan melindungi hak-hak pemilih dengan membenarkan mereka merumus dan memutuskan undi mereka secara bebas tanpa melanggar mana-mana undang-undang dan peraturan pilihanraya. Kebebasan kemahuan dan pilihan pemilih mestilah dihormati.

MAFREL menggesa SPR dan Polis untuk mengamalkan keadilan dan keseimbangan dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab sepanjang proses pilihanraya dengan mengambilkira kepentingan pemilih.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Syed Ibrahim Syed NohPengerusi


MAFREL is a non-partisan election observation and monitoring organization formed in 2003. Since its inception, MAFREL has conducted electoral rolls verification programmes to research on the issues of phantom voters and authenticity of the electoral rolls in the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. MAFREL has also extensive experience in election observation and since December 2005, has conducted extensive election observations in the Pengkalan Pasir, Kelantan by-election (December 2005), the 9th Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Elections (2006), the N.6 Batu Talam by-election (2007), the N.8 Machap by-election (2007), the N.11 Ijok by-election (2007). In March 2008 MAFREL received official accreditation from Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia (SPR) to observe the 12th General Election. MAFREL’s last involvement as accredited observers was in the N.31 Bagan Pinang by-election in October, 2009. MAFREL has also participated in international election observation missions in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Thailand and Bangladesh.
For more information, please contactDeputy Chairman : Colonel (R) Shaharudin Othman – 019 2344 366Honorary Secretary : Arphan Ahmad – 012 273 1016

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hulu Selangor by-election: MAFREL admits failure to submit reports

Hulu Selangor by-election: MAFREL admits failure to submit reports

Hulu Selangor by-election: MAFREL admits failure to submit reports
Submitted by pekwan on Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir ToyoDatuk Zainal Abidin SakomHulu Selangor Parliamentary by-electionLocalMalaysian for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel)Zaid Ibrahim
Prominent politicans give their support to PM's candidacy decision
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 12:36:00

PETALING JAYA: Despite admitting that it had failed to submit reports for nine by-elections, election watchdog group Malaysian for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) has chosen to be defiant by insisting that its volunteers would be present at the Hulu Selangor by-election.

Responding to a report yesterday quoting Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar as saying that it was dropping Mafrel as its independent observers due to its failure to submit the reports, Mafrel president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh told The Malay Mail that it had not received official word from the EC.

"I cannot verify his (Wan Ahmad's) statement. It comes as a surprise as we have not even applied for accreditation from the EC," he said. "In fact, we hope to do so by this week."

Syed Ibrahim said even if what Wan Ahmad had said was true, it still would not jeopardise Mafrel’s monitoring of the by-election.

“EC accreditation is only for access to election centres, nomination centres and vote-tallying centres. We don’t need the EC’s blessings to work outside these areas to monitor campaign activities, media reports, material giving cases, incidents of violence, verifying the electoral roll and overall environment assessment,” he said, adding that Mafrel was gathering between 90 and 100 volunteers for the by-election.

On Mafrel's failure to submit reports on the last nine by-elections, starting from Permatang Pauh in 2008, Syed Ibrahim said Mafrel was still trying to overcome its weaknesses.

“Our reporting standard is high because we insist on producing good reports. Whatever it is the data we have collected or photos compiled, these must be recorded in an orderly fashion so that the reports would be useful to anyone reading it,” he said.

“The nine by-elections from Permatang Pauh to Bagan Pinang were held too close to each other. That was very challenging for us as it did not give us much time to process one report properly before having to move on to the next.”

He said it would take two months for Mafrel to produce one report. The EC allows a one-month postelection period to petition should any quarter have grouses with the election and want to file a complaint.

“Mafrel follows the EC’s timeline on this matter so that we can include post-election incidents in our report,” said Syed Ibrahim, adding that the nine reports would be submitted before the next byelection.

Syed Ibrahim said he hoped that the EC would consider Mafrel’s accreditation application. Mafrel had recently come under the spotlight when Selangor Umno deputy liaison committee chief, Datuk Seri Noh Omar, labelled it an “Opposition mouthpiece” for saying Barisan Nasional had broken election rules ahead of the Hulu Selangor by-election on April 25 by allegedly starting campaigning and giving allocations to Hulu Selangor voters.

Noh had claimed that Pakatan Rakyat had also done the same but was not criticised by Mafrel.

Display list of members, Mafrel told

KUALA LUMPUR: Independent election monitor, Malaysians for Free Elections (Mafrel), has been challenged to reveal the names of the individuals sitting on its board.

Umno Federal Territory, which made the call, said it was the only way to prove that Mafrel was “indeed independent”.

“Mafrel should revel the names of individuals who sit on its board. It would be interesting to know who is sitting on the board and also why Mafrel is always complaining about the government every time there’s an election,” FT Umno secretary Syed Ali Alhabshee said.

He also urged Mafrel to stop being a “seasonal busybody” and to refrain from urging the Election Commission to act against the government for allegedly abusing its power.

“All it shows is that Mafrel is an independent body that rides on the back of the opposition, a seasonal busybody whose role is just to fuel the situation,” he said.

“If Mafrel was efficient, it should have forwarded its observations of the election process to the EC, but I understand that the EC has not received any reports from Mafrel until now.

“So what exactly is Mafrel monitoring?” he asked.

Syed Ali was commenting on the EC’s dismissal of Mafrel as an independent election monitor for the Hulu Selangor by-election following complaints from Umno Selangor after Mafrel ticked off the federal government.

Mafrel had earlier chided the federal government for launching its housing and school project to coincide with the Hulu Selangor by-election.

Pakatan Rakyat has come out strongly against the EC's decision. It has alleged that Umno and the EC are in cahoots to manipulate the outcome of the Hulu Selangor polls.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

EC drops MAFREL = massive cheating ahead by BN in H. S'gor?

EC drops MAFREL = massive cheating ahead by BN in H. S'gor?

I think with the dropping of MAFREL as independent election-observers by the EC, we are looking at some hard core cheating by BN down at Hulu Selangor.

This moves reminds me most vividly of BN’s actions just before March 8th, where they cancelled the use of indelible ink to prevent repeat/phantom voters.

I think in that case, it signalled a clear sign of desperation, given the feedback they must have gotten from the ground (think SB) about voter inclinations and trends leading into the last few days.

Thus, I take this as a good sign – one which may very well mean the winds are on our backs!

Of course, it also means we have to work doubly hard to prevent and compensate for massive cheating on the part of BN and the EC!


On another semi-interesting note, observe the language at the BN Selangor convention:

“BN cannot stick to narrow racial ideology. BN cannot use old methodology to address new problems,” convention chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed declared to some 1,500 BN grassroots leaders from across the Pakatan Rakyat-controlled (PR) state.

“Umno for example must not only talk about the Malays and Islam but must also fight for the Chinese, Indians and others; it’s the same with MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP. we have to be ahead of the times,” said Mohd Zin who is also the Sepang Umno division chief.

“If we continue to fan racial sentiment, we will not be able to recapture Selangor,” said Mohd Zin.

“The people will continue to doubt us if BN keeps rejecting reality, and is slow in reforming,” said Mohd Zin.

Once again, this is the benefit of true political competition.

It’s good that some in BN can see the writing on the wall, but as I wrote last: are they too trapped to really change?

I for one found the backdrop to this picture really funny:

I think it is less “BN Mampu Berubah” than it is “BN terpaksa berubah kerana Pakatan” :P :)

EC drops local polls watchdog in Hulu Selangor

EC drops local polls watchdog in Hulu Selangor
By G. Manimaran
Bahasa Malaysia Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — The Election Commission (EC) has dropped the local election watchdog, Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel), as official election monitors in the Hulu Selangor by-election as it has not sent reports for the previous nine by-elections since Election 2008.

Mafrel is the only election watchdog recognised by the EC but it was slammed by Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar who called them “mouthpieces of the opposition” two days ago for saying the coalition broke election rules ahead of the April 25 vote.

“We won’t appoint Mafrel as independent election monitors for the EC at the Hulu Selangor by-election,” EC deputy chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told The Malaysian Insider last night.

It is understood that Mafrel could lose EC accreditation but still operate as election watchdog for the by-election when campaigning starts after nomination on April 17 .

But Wan Ahmad said the EC decision is not related to Noh’s criticism of Mafrel, adding its decision was made earlier.

The EC’s appointment of Mafrel in since Election 2008 has allowed the watchdog to monitor and report on everything related to the conduct of elections.

Wan Ahmad also stressed that Mafrel’s statements had nothing to do with the EC as it was done in their own capacity.

“The statements by Mafrel is not linked to the EC,” he said.

He added the EC has repeatedly asked for reports after each by-election but Mafrel had ignored the requests.

“We have given reminders after reminders to Mafrel to send in their reports but after nine by-elections starting from Permatang Pauh, we have not received even one.

“That is the the condition of appointment, to send monitoring reports... since the Permatang Pauh by-election (in August 2008) until the Bagan Pinang by-election last year, Mafrel has not sent a report although asked to do so,” Wan Ahmad said, describing Mafrel as “going against the conditions of appointment”.

Mafrel chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh had earlier told The Malaysian Insider that no one, including the EC or politicians like Noh, can stop it from monitoring the elections.

But he expressed optimism that the relationship between Mafrel and the EC will continue to ensure a free and fair election for all.

“What Datuk Noh say is his right and we have a right to express our views too,” he added, commenting on Noh’s call to the EC to review Mafrel’s role as election watchdog.

Noh, who is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, said if Mafrel wanted to slam BN for going to the ground, campaigning and giving allocations to the people of Hulu Selangor before the campaign period started, it should be “fair and unbiased” about it as Pakatan Rakyat had done the same.

Mafrel had criticised the federal government for approving various housing and school projects in Hulu Selangor although the campaign period had not officially started yet.

“What has this got to do with Mafrel? The election has not started yet, Mafrel doesn’t understand their jurisdiction. They also don’t understand the EC’s regulations on the authority of the police and local government.

Syed Ibrahim said Mafrel has carried out its role since 2001 including the Sarawak Election in 2006 and the series of by-elections in the country.

“We monitor outside and within the campaign periods. The EC has acknowledged us and have asked us to monitor polling days too. So we work throughout time and during polling day. We censure what is wrong and report what is right,” he added, saying they are an impartial organisation.

Mafrel to press on regardless EC decision

Election watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) today said that it will carry on with its independent observer work with or without the support of the Election Commission (EC).

The EC was reported this morning as saying that it has dropped its recognition of Mafrel as an official election observer because it (Mafrel) had allegedly failed to hand over its reports for the past nine by-elections.

This EC decision comes just two days after Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister and Selangor Umno deputy chief Noh Omar accused Mafrel of being biased and called for its recognition by the EC to be reviewed.

"We will continue to monitor the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election from outside the polling centres," said Mafrel president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (left) when asked for a response.

He explained that EC's recognition only allows Mafrel to observe polling and vote-counting at the tallying centres stressing the major part of Mafrel's work was outside those areas.

"From experience, most campaigning abuses such as corruption occurs outside the polling stations and there are also abuses in terms of media coverage," said Syed Ibrahim.

However, the watchdog chief, stated that the body will appeal the EC decision.

Reports not submitted

"Mafrel is already in the process of contacting the EC and we hope to meet them to appeal against their decision as soon as possible," said Syed Ibrahim.

Syed Ibrahim conceded that Mafrel's reports for the past nine by-elections had not been submitted to the commission.

Explaining the delay, he said: "Unlike a general election where we can be more selective on where to focus, we had the same team covering new by-elections even before the previous reports were completed.

"We want to ensure that the reports are up to proper standards and will hand all reports over to the EC before the coming Hulu Selangor by-election," he assured.

When asked if the EC's move was politically-motivated, Syed Ibrahim said that was difficult to determine but said it would be disappointing if it were true.

"If their decision was made because political pressure was exerted onto them, then it is very unfortunate because the EC should be independent," he said.

With about 90 expected volunteers, Mafrel will begin ground observation for the Hulu-Selangor by-election on nomination day on April 17, maintaining a presence until polling day on April 25.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010



Mafrel refutes 'opposition mouthpiece' jibe

Nigel Aw
Apr 6, 10

NGO Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) has refuted Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Noh Omar claims that the body is an opposition mouthpiece.

Yesterday, Noh, who is Selangor Umno deputy chief and Hulu Selangor by-election director, had accused Mafrel of bias following an article published in Sinar Harian where the election watchdog said that Barisan National violated election rules.

'Mafrel's statement shows it is no longer independent [...] it is becoming a mouthpiece for the opposition,' Noh had said.

Contacted today, Mafrel president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (left) said that the statement was directed at BN because a reporter had specifically asked for his (Syed Ibrahim's) comments on Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's visit to Hulu Selangor four days ago.

"A reporter had asked me to comment on the deputy prime minister's promise of four new schools during his visit to Hulu Selangor," said Syed Ibrahim.

The watchdog chief said that while the distribution of welfare was understandable as it was part of the duties of elected representatives, insinuating who voters should vote for before the official campaigning period was wrong.

"Our observation was based on the statements made to the media by individuals from both sides. While both sides have been handing out welfare, BN has made insinuations that the people should vote for it," he added.

'Undilah Barisan Nasional'?

During his visit to Hulu Selangor last week when he announced four new schools for the district, Muhyiddin (left, below) was quoted as saying that voters should mark the Hulu Selangor by-election date in their diary and next to it jot down 'undilah Barisan Nasional' (vote Barisan Nasional).

Syed Ibrahim said he remained confident of Mafrel's credibility despite Noh's call for the Election Comission (EC) to review the Mafrel's position as an independent elections watchdog.

"What we do is not subject to the EC. It is just that the EC recognises our observers work in the field. But we hope that the cooperation with the EC will continue," he said.

He also refuted claims that Mafrel had not submitted any reports to EC on their various observations.

"We have shared our last general elections report with the EC and we have made a commitment to submit reports this month for all the by-elections held in the past year," he explained.

With Hulu Selangor by-election looming on April 25, the constituency has been promised new schools by the federal government and a RM2 million allocation to develop its drainage system.

The ruling Pakatan Rakyat state government, meanwhile, has handed out land titles to 108 families and cash to senior citizens under a welfare scheme.

Mafrel nafi ia alat pembangkang

Nigel Aw
Apr 6, 10

Badan pemantau pilihan raya, Malaysian for Free and Fair Election (Mafrel) menafikan dakwaan timbalan pengerusi Umno Selangor, Datuk Noh Omar yang melabelkan NGO itu sebagai alat pembangkang kerana didakwa tidak bersikap bebas dalam menyatakan pandangannya.

Ia berikutan laporan dalam Sinar Harian di mana Mafrel mendakwa Barisan Nasional melanggar undang-undang pilihan raya.

Presiden Mafrel, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh berkata ulasannya merujuk kepada BN kerana seorang wartawan secara khusus menyoalnya berhubung lawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, empat hari lalu.

"Seorang wartawan meminta saya mengulas kenyataan timbalan perdana menteri yang menjanjikan empat sekolah baru ketika melawat Hulu Selangor,” katanya.

Menurut Syed Ibrahim pengedaran kebajikan yang dijanjikan itu mungkin dapat diterima sebagai sebahagian daripada tugas wakil rakyat tetapi mengkiaskan siapa yang patut diundi sebelum tempoh berkempen adalah salah.

“Pemerhatian kami adalah berdasarkan kenyataan yang dibuat kepada media oleh kedua-dua pihak. Meskipun kedua-dua pihak ada menawarkan bantuan kebajikan, namun BN membuat kiasan yang rakyat seharusnya mengundi mereka,” katanya.

Muhyiddin pada 2 April lalu mengumumkan bahawa Hulu Selangor akan mendapat empat sekolah baru, dan projek pembinaan banjir bernilai RM2 juta ringgit.

Belaiu juga dilaporkan berkata kementerian pendidikan sedang mengenalpasti tapak sesuai untuk membina sebuah sekolah aliran Cina.

Sehari kemudian, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak pula mengumumkan projek perumahan baru untuk warga Felda di Gugusan Sungai Dusun.

Projek bernilai RM32 juta ringgit ini membabitkan 2,50 unit, setiap satunya bernilai antara RM42,000 dan RM75,000 ringgit.

State gov't now operates from Hulu Selangor

S Pathmawathy
Apr 6, 10

The rural district of Hulu Selangor has temporarily replaced Shah Alam as the capital of the state, as government affairs are being coordinated and organised from there.

Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim (left) has relocated to the District Office of Hulu Selangor in Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) yesterday, and the state executive councillors have been traveling daily for meetings.

It is also confirmed that the state's weekly executive council meeting, which is held on Wednesdays in Shah Alam, will be held in Kuala Kubu Bharu tomorrow onwards.

A source from the Hulu Selangor Municipal Council said that Khalid, who is leading Pakatan's election team, plans to stay put until April 17, the day of the nomination.

Executive councillors Dr Xavier Jeyakumar and Elizabeth Wong were among those who have been recently spotted at the district office, a member of the staff told Malaysiakini today.

The Hulu Selangor Parliamentary seat was declared vacant after its PKR representative 71-year-old Zainal Abidin Ahmad, succumbed to brain cancer last month.

Polling day has been slotted for April 25 with eight days of campaigning.

Intense electioneering

However, political rivals Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat have already begun intense electioneering despite warnings from authorities against campaigning before nominations.

BN deputy chairperson Muhyiddin Yassin said that the ruling coalition will name their candidate on April 15.

Meanwhile, Pakatan which is apparently having a hard time to pick from a dozen of names, will be making the announcement on April 13.

Malaysiakini understands that several state government officials have been going around the constituency and directly approaching voters to understand their needs.

"Since the Menteri Besar is in charge of land matters, and there are a lot land related problems in that area, he decided to stay on. This is just for practicality," said the source, from Khalid's office.

The source had also rubbished claims that state's resources are being utilised for the campaign.

"Khalid has done the same in Kuala Selangor last month and previously in Sepang, where the menteri besar had stayed two days. This has nothing to do with the by-election but it's just a routine exercise," said the source.

However, once nominations are filed, Pakatan and Khalid, who leads the state election machinery, is expected to go all out in the race for votes.

Cover up

BN's Batang Kali state assembly representative Mohd Isa Abu Kasim, however, said that the state was just covering up the fact that they were actually campaigning.

"They are not suppose to use the state apparatus in elections but they are located right at the district office," said Mohd Isa.

He added that was not proper as the district officer is normally appointed as the returning officer for the election.

"How does this look like, the Pakatan MB sharing an office with the district officer? " he said.

S'gor BN rallies the troops ahead of by-election

The movement to wrest back Selangor is already in first gear with today's launch of the state BN convention in Shah Alam.

State deputy BN chief Noh Omar fired one salvo after another against the ruling Pakatan Rakyat government, sparing no details at the several scandals and controversies that have rocked Pakatan.

From the Elizabeth Wong sex scandal to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's statements on doing away with the New Economic Policy, Noh had the 1,500 participants riled up in an anti-Pakatan onslaught.

But the real crux of the function is to also shore up support for the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election which will be a real test for BN amidst rumours of infighting among the component parties over who should contest the parliamentary seat.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also state BN chief, is expected to deliver a speech themed 'BN can change: Love Selangor, Trust BN' later this afternoon at the conference, held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre.

Also present at the function were MCA vice-president Donald Lim, and PPP president M Kayveas.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Kenapa salahkan Mafrel?

Kenapa salahkan Mafrel?
Nazri Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April: Badan Pemantau Pilihan Raya (Mafrel) mempertikaikan pihak tertentu yang menyalahkannya ekoran membidas tindakan Kerajaan Pusat meluluskan pelbagai projek perumahan dan sekolah kepada penduduk Hulu Selangor.

Pengerusinya, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (gambar) menjelaskan Mafrel tidak berpihak kepada sesiapa dan respons yang diberikan itu berdasarkan laporan media.

"Saya respons itu kepada laporan media, kalau ada media melaporkan berkenaan, apa dilakukan Menteri Besar Selangor dan juga direkodkan kenyataan berkempen, saya akan buat teguran sama. Kita tidak berpihak kepada mana-mana,” jelasnya kepada Harakahdaily sebentar tadi.

Menurutnya, semasa pilihan raya kecil Dun Pengkalan Pasir di Pasir Mas pada 2005 lalu, pihaknya pernah menegur Kerajaan PAS Kelantan.

"Masa pilihan raya kecil Pengkalan Pasir, Mafrel juga pernah tegur Kerajaan Kelantan.

"Adakah kerana saya tidak menegur Menteri Besar Selangor (Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim), maka itu salah bagi saya, sepatutnya proses undang-undang yang perlu dipatuhi,” katanya.

Justeru, beliau mempersoalkan mengapa kesalahan itu dialihkan kepada Mafrel.

Semalam, Timbalan Pengerusi Umno Selangor, Datuk Noh Omar mendakwa Mafrel sebagai alat pembangkang kerana tidak bersikap bebas dalam menyatakan pandangan.

Noh menyatakan demikian dengan merujuk satu kenyataan Syed Ibrahim yang mempersoalkan tindakan kerajaan pusat meluluskan projek perumahan dan sekolah kepada penduduk di Hulu Selangor menjelang pilihan raya kecil parlimen kawasan itu pada 25 April ini.

Bagi Syed Ibrahim, tindakan tersebut menyalahi peraturan pilihan raya.

Ekoran itu, Noh meminta SPR mengkaji semula kedudukan Mafrel sebagai pemantau pilihan raya.

"Mafrel bekerja atas dasar perinsip, kalau nak cadang SPR tarik balik pengiktirafan, buktikan dengan rekod gerak kerja kami, tak perlu bidasan politik semata-mata,” jelas Syed Ibrahim.

Mafrel ditubuhkan pada 2001 sebagai badan bebas dan diiktiraf oleh SPR sebagai badan pemantau pilihan raya.


Subject: Hulu Selangor PRK MAFREL OBSERVERS

To all Mafrel volunteers and would be volunteers,

Please register yourselves to be MAFREL Observers for this Hulu Selangor byelection.

You can do so by indication your interest and sending emails to Mr Arphan our Hon Secretary.
Those who have never been MAFREL observers may also register to be observers.
Once selected a special Observers Training Course shall be conducted for them.

MAFREL Webmaster:

Contact persons:
Deputy Chairman : Colonel (R) Shaharudin Othman
– 019 2344 366

Honorary Secretary : Arphan Ahmad
– 012 273 1016


Ilusi Janji Manis BN Di Hulu Selangor

Ilusi Janji Manis BN Di Hulu Selangor

Janji ilusi Najib mahu menyedarkan semua pengundi Hulu Selangor daripada tidur lena. Hari ini Perdana Menteri Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Razak buat seribu janji cepumas kepada semua pengundi Hulu Selangor supaya percaya pengumuman dari Lampu Aladdin BN bahawa projek beratus juta akan diberikan kepada rakyat Hulu Selangor. Mahu masjid ada. Mahu sekolah ada. Bantuan orang Asli ada.

TV3 kumpulkan "3bangsa dalam 1BN". Melayu, Cina dan India. Bercakap serentak "Ohhhh bagus punya Umno, boleh bikin 3bangsa dalam 1BN. Semua projek PRU-13 baru boleh bikin".

Terlalu mendambakan 1Malaysia sehingga iklan-iklan komersial juga di mestikan mengikut piawaian 1Malaysia, mesti ada Cina, Melayu dan India. Hebat penangan slogan Najib 1Malaysia.

Pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh? Penanti? Berjuta projek Najib sudah berjanji, hingga sekarang belum buat lagi. Di pilihan raya kecil Bagan Pinang, Negeri Sembilan BN menang, mana janjimu? Tunggu dulu kerana ekonomi kerajaan BN merundum.

Shafie Apdal tabur janji, umumkan projek berpuluh juta ringgit di Hulu Selangor. Boleh percayakah Kerajaan BN ada duit? Selesai PRK semua projek akan ditunda sekali lagi, kira-kira dekat PRU-13 nanti buat janji lagi. Tipah tertipu lagi. 53 tahun sudah kita pelajari taktik Umno-Perikatan-BN buat janji sebagai pemanis mulut, seperti yang diajar dalam kursus untuk Putera Puteri Umno.

Umno memang cukup sinonim dengan episod ‘janji manismu’. Atau mungkin juga janji-janji tidak dapat dikotakan kerana pengundi tetap menghadiahkan undi keramat mereka kepada calon Pakatan Rakyat. Itu pasal Umno pura-pura lupa dengan apa yang mereka telah janjikan kepada setiap pengundi-pengundi sebelum itu.

Tidakkah Umno tidak sedar lagi bahawa rakyat sudah lama tersedar dari lena yang panjang. Rakyat sudah tidak makan lagi pujuk rayu dari pihak Umno. Lihat sahaja pada pilihan raya kecil sebelum ini, cuma dua kerusi sahaja yang mampu Umno-BN pertahankan, yang lain apa cerita? Sehinggakan, kerusi Umno di Kuala Terengganu sekali pun telah rakyat Kuala Terengganu serahkan kepada Pakatan Rakyat. Masih belum sedarkah lagi warga Umno ini?

Kini, epilog taburan janji dan pelukan mesra serta tegur sapa pemimpin Umno dilihat berlumba-lumba mewarnai pengundi-pengundi di Hulu Selangor. Pelbagai janji-janji muluk dan indah di dambakan kepada rakyat Hulu Selangor.

Kita mahu lihat, apakah janji-janji ini hanya sekadar tinggal janji selepas PRK di Hulu Selangor nanti? Atau mungkinkah drama-drama bersiri Umno ini akan berakhir seperti sejarah terdahulu? Wallahu’alam bisawab, hanya Allah SWT sahaja yang maha mengetahui.

Para pemimpin Umno lebih angkuh lagi kalau menang dalam PRK Hulu Selangor. Seperti angkuhnya mereka dalam tahun 2004 mereka hampir saou habis kerusi Dewan Rakyat. Ketika itu majoriti orang muda yang baru berusia 18 tahun, kini sudah 20an mereka tukar kerajaan neheri Selangor kepada Pakatan Rakyat pada 2008. Kerana halatuju Pakatan Rakyat sejajar dengan aspirasi angkatan muda pada masa kini.

Hari ini Umno masih meneruskan monolog mereka demi suatu kenyataan yang amat perit untuk mereka terima. Maka kerana itulah mereka mengutilisasikan kuasa ditangan mereka untuk menggunakan segala kesempatan dan ruang yang ada untuk memperdayakan rakyat Malaysia. Selamat mencuba dan terus mencuba, cakap berdegar-degar pun tiada manfaatnya, kita tunggu dan lihat sahaja PRK Hulu Selangor nanti atau cabaran yang lebih mencabar lagi ialah pada PRU-13 kelak.

'We’ll see how it goes'.

Kalau Najib benar-benar nak tolong rakyat kenapa tidak tawarkan sahaja setiap rakyat Hulu Selangor saham percuma Petronas secara tunai bukan selepas PRK Hulu Selangor ia akan "dipertimbangkan". Kalau kerajaan BN benar-benar serius, kenapa tidak bagi sekarang sijil saham percuma Petronas kepada setiap pengundi Hulu Selangor?

Kesimpulannya pengundi seperti biasa dijanjikan bintang, bulan, lautan emas dan apa sahaja yang bunyinya muluk- muluk walhasil balik asal lalu jambatan tongkat dibuang, biasanya yang sudah berlalu jadi contoh, para pemimpin Umno-BN tidak komited dengan janjinya kepada rakyat di pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh, Kuala Trengganu, Penanti, Bagan Pinang dan Batang Ai, Sarawak. Selesai bicara PRK perkara projek pembangunan belang kira. -Datuk Halik Zaman (SK)

Federal government gets a lashing for 'campaign'

Federal government gets a lashing for 'campaign' .
Mon, 05 Apr 2010 13:39 .SHAH ALAM: Malaysians For Free Elections (Mafrel) has slammed the Barisan Nasional federal government for timing the launch of several housing and schools projects to coincide with the Hulu Selangor by-elections.

Mafrel chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said it was as if the BN government did not respect the democratic election process.

He also urged the Election Commission to act against the BN.

“This is a form of campaigning and if you refer to the election regulations the action is wrong according to polls rules.

“As such the EC must warn BN and issue a directive disallowing any form of campaigns until nomination day,” he said in a statement.

Since last week, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin have taken turns to launch projects in the Hulu Selangor constituency.

Using the project launches as a platform, they have touted BN’s plusses, urging the constituency to vote for BN, while hitting out at the opposition.

“The Hulu Selangor by-election campaign is not scheduled until nomination day on April 17 and any form of campaigning until then is not allowed.

“Article 10 of the Election Act 1954 (Amended in 2006) states that a person is found guilty if campaigning is done before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly,” he said.

The Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of PKR MP Zainal Abidin Ahmad on March 25. Zainal beat BN’s G Palanivel, who is also MIC deputy president, with a 198-vote majority in the March 2008 general election.

MIC has already proposed Palanivel’s name to the BN council as a candidate, although local Umno leaders have asked for the seat to be allocated for their candidate.

Meanwhile the EC has issued a warning to all groups to stop campaigning.

Deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan OMar said the official campaign period will only begin on April 17 after nomination for candidates.

“EC can act against any party or individuals who put up banners and buntings, or groups parading for the purpose of campaigning. I request the local councils and the police to monitoring such activities. All contesting parties must abide by the rules,” he said.

The by-election is on April 25.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Kempen Barisan langgar peraturan

Kempen Barisan langgar peraturan

SHAH ALAM - Badan Pemantau Pilihan Raya (Mafrel) membidas tindakan Kerajaan Pusat meluluskan pelbagai projek perumahan dan sekolah kepada penduduk Hulu Selangor.

Pengerusi Mafrel, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh berkata, Barisan Nasional (BN) seolah-olah tidak menghormati proses pilihan raya demokratik dan menggesa Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bertindak tegas terhadap BN.

”Ini satu jenis kempen dan kalau berbalik kepada peraturan pilihan raya, tindakan itu adalah kesalahan mengikut peraturan pilihan raya.

“Jadi, seharusnya SPR memberikan amaran dan mengeluarkan arahan supaya tidak ada apa-apa kempen sehingga hari penamaan calon,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan media, di sini, semalam.

Mafrel berkata, Kerajaan Pusat mungkin mendakwa apa yang dilakukan itu terkandung dalam rangka menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai penjawat jawatan kerajaan tetapi hakikatnya ia jelas berunsur kempen.

"Kempen pilihan raya kecil Hulu Selangor sepatutnya belum boleh dimulakan selagi proses penamaan calon pada 17 April belum berlangsung.

"Tindakan BN jelas bercanggah Perkara 10 Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya 1954 (Pindaan 2006) yang menyebut seseorang didapati bersalah jika melakukan sogokan sebelum, semasa atau selepas sesuatu pilihan raya, secara langsung atau tidak langsung," katanya.

Sementara itu, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) memberi amaran kepada semua pihak supaya berhenti berkempen kerana pilihan raya kecil Hulu Selangor masih belum bermula lagi.

Timbalan Pengerusi SPR, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata, ini kerana tempoh rasmi berkempen hanya bermula selepas selesai tempoh penamaan calon iaitu pada 17 April.

“Sebelum hari penamaan calon, SPR boleh mengambil tindakan terhadap mana-mana parti yang memasang bendera dan sepanduk, berkumpul dan berarak untuk tujuan berkempen.

“Saya meminta pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) dan polis meningkatkan pemantauan aktiviti kempen pihak terbabit sekarang.

"Mana-mana parti yang bertanding perlu mematuhi undang-undang iaitu hanya dibenarkan berkempen selepas hari penamaan,” katanya.

Mafrel bidas 'sogokan' pilihan raya

Mafrel bidas 'sogokan' pilihan raya
Apr 3, 10 9:59pm

Badan pemantau pilihan raya, Malaysian for Free and Fair Election (Mafrel) membidas tindakan kerajaan menyogok pengundi Hulu Selangor dengan limpahan projek perumahan dan sekolah.

Pengerusi Mafrel, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh berkata Umno-BN sekali lagi menunjukkan ia tidak menghormati proses pilihan raya demokratik, dan menggesa Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya bertindak tegas terhadap parti itu.

"Ini satu jenis kempen dan kalau berbalik kepada peraturan pilihan raya dia merupakan satu kesalahan peraturan pilihanraya.

“Jadi seharusnya pihak SPR memberikan amaran dan kemudian mungkin mengambil tindakan supaya mengeluarkan arahan supaya tidak ada berlaku apa-apa kempen sekarang sehinggalah apabila hari penamaan calon," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media.

Menurut Mafrel, pihak kerajaan mungkin mendakwa apa yang dilakukan mereka itu dalam rangka menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai penjawat jawatan kerajaan tetapi hakikatnya ia jelas berunsurkan kempen.

Kempen pilihanraya kecil Hulu Selangor sepatutnya belum boleh dimulakan selagi proses penamaan calon pada 17 April ini belum berlansung.

Namun, semalam Timbalan Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin Yassin mengumumkan bahawa Hulu Selangor akan mendapat empat sekolah baru, dan projek pembinaan banjir bernilai RM2 juta ringgit.

Muhyiddin juga berkata Kementerian Pendidikan sedang mengenalpasti tapak sesuai untuk membina sebuah sekolah aliran Cina.

Hari ini pula Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengumumkan projek perumahan baru untuk warga Felda di Gugusan Sungai Dusun.

Projek bernilai RM32 juta ringgit ini membabitkan 2,50 unit, setiap satunya bernilai antara RM42,000 dan RM75,000 ringgit.

Pakatan sangsi kewujudan 2,561 pengundi baru

Pakatan sangsi kewujudan 2,561 pengundi baru
Oleh G. Manimaran dan Adib Zalkapli

SHAH ALAM, 4 April — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sangsi dengan kehadiran lebih 2,500 pengundi baru yang direkodkan dalam tempoh dua tahun lalu sejak pilihan raya umum Mac 2008 sambil menyifatkannya sebagai sesuatu yang “ajaib dan luar biasa.”

Sehubungan itu, Pengarah Pilihan Raya Selangor Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid berkata pihaknya juga terkejut dengan perkembangan tersebut walaupun tidak menafikan parti-parti politik terlibat dalam kerja-kerja mendaftar pengundi baru.

“Kami pun tidak tahu dari mana datangnya angka ini (lebih 2,500 pengundi baru)... ini sesuatu yang ajaib, luar biasa. Kami akan mendapatkan penjelasan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya berhubung perkara ini,” kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Sambil mengakui pihaknya juga ada mendaftar pengundi-pengundi baru tetapi jumlah tersebut adalah sesuatu yang begitu besar bagi tempoh dua tahun ini, kata Ahli Parlimen Kuala Langat ini.

“Kita (PKR) juga akan membincangkan, membentangkan laporan mengenai ini esok (hari ini),” kata beliau merujuk kepada mesyuarat Majlis Pimpinan Pusat PKR hari ini.

“Kita sangsi, kita tidak tahu dari mana datangnya jumlah ini,” kata beliau.

Berdasarkan daftar induk terkini, kawasan pilihan raya parlimen itu mempunyai 64,500 pemilih berdaftar yang terdiri daripada 63,701 pengundi biasa dan 799 pengundi pos.

Daripada jumpah tersebut, seramai 2,561 merupakan pengundi baru manakala mereka yang menukar alamat pula adalah seramai 1,343 orang.

Seramai 32,380 pengundi terdiri daripada pengundi lelaki manakala 32,120 adalah wanita.

Daripada jumlah tersebut, kaum Melayu merupakan pengundi majoriti dengan 34,020 pengundi atau 52.7 peratus manakala kaum Cina dan India masing-masing mencatatkan bilangan 16.964 atau 26.3 peratus dan 12,453 atau 19.3 peratus.

Abdullah Sani berkata, walaupun peningkatan 2,561 pengundi baru itu boleh mempengaruhi arah aliran pengundian tetapi masih yakin PR-PKR boleh mengekalkan kerusi Hulu Selangor yang dimenangi menerusi Allahyarham Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad pada 8 Mac 2008.

“Kami cukup yakin untuk menang, saya percaya akan mengekalkan kerusi ini dengan majoriti yang lebih besar berbanding dua tahun lalu,” kata beliau.

Zainal Abidin menewaskan Timbalan Presiden MIC Datuk G. Palanivel dengan perbezaan 198 undi.

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