â€˜Since then we have new actors, political pretenders and opportunists who have â€˜hunted with the hounds and are currently also running with the haresâ€™ making statement that borders on absolute stupidity and political opportunism!
The bipartisan voices of the civil society those who are truly independent and politically clean are now accused of being â€˜hostileâ€™ towards the Election Commission!â€™ â€“ Dr Jacob George
CONSUMERIST: PSC â€“ EMERGE NOW POLITICAL PRETENDERS!
I was among the first to laud the announcement by Premier Najib Tun Razak on his decision to initiate a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC)!
It was a great statement and timely, but short lived!
The truth is when I was interviewed by both the local and foreign media, I had my doubts on the PSC without first fundamental changes to the National Registration process, the composition of the Election Commission and the allegations of citizenship for vote and the 3 million Indonesians and 1.67 Filipinos issue that rocked our nation recently which resurrected with Mishmahgate but had its ugly ghost in Sabah!
But I was willing to be proven wrong, willing to eat humble pie if my observations and claims then were proven wrong!
After all I am a just an ordinary, simpleton and â€˜boy scoutâ€™ consumer advocate Â (as one referred to me!) â€“ a no body in the power circles of media, politics and industry?
But since that first announcement by the Premier the statement has been muddied by many players each departing from the noble notions of the PSC eventually rubbishing a statement that was truly very statesmanlike!
And this ordinary, simpleton and â€˜boy scoutâ€™ consumer advocate who has been repeatedly bypassed because he speaks the truth and refuses to hunt with hounds and run with hares was right again!
That is the state of Malaysian ‘kiss-ass’ politics!
And it became so muddied that the maker of such a great timely statement had to eventually make a ‘u-turn’ with another statement that virtually gives a perception that this is yet another flip flop!
Since then we have â€˜new actors and political pretenders and opportunistâ€™ some among them already known to â€˜have hunted with the hounds and are currently also running with the haresâ€™ making statement that borders on absolute stupidity!
The bipartisan voices of the civil society those who are truly independent and politically clean are now accused of being â€˜hostileâ€™ towards the Election Commission!
One had the audacity to tell us that the EC is ‘open minded and honest’ and if that was the case why did they go on a demonizing individuals striving for free and fair elections by and post July 9th?
Why did they in two gatherings and in several interviews and reports with a racist vernacular newspaper attack the same civil society individuals in a malicious manner unheard of by a EC in any constituency the world over confirming a widely accepted notion that they are stooges nothing more!
There is a perception that they are mere parasites and simply the political hatchet men and women, specially selected by the powers that be for their long sustained benevolent and unflinching servitude to the political powers that be!
The essence and truth of it all is as rightly pointed out by my learned friends that the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform would be pointless if we go ahead with the general election, as parliament would in this case have to be dissolved!
Only again, the cart is before the water-buffalo!
How then will we address the fraudulent practices in the electoral processes.
As widely accepted by over 12 million potential voters that there should first be a clean-up of the electoral roll, a decision made on the use of indelible ink, the automatic registration of voters, the reform of absentee voting, and a minimum 21 days campaign period to be implemented!
Should we not address the other larger issues of elections and democracy such as electoral system, a full review of all electoral laws and the composition of the Election Commission, a realignment of the parliamentary seat boundaries so that the â€˜one man one vote is not compromisedâ€™ with then all votes count the same and importantly a code of conduct for elections with the power of law passed, monitored and observed by the EC like in India!