Saturday, December 29, 2012

BN Trickery in Perak

On Wednesday, Perak Pakatan Rakyat made a claim that BN and the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) have been holding “training sessions” last month to guide the Orang Asli voters in Tapah, Perak to vote BN.

Participants were given two pieces of paper, which looked like mock ballot papers for the Tapah parliamentary constituency and Chenderiang state constituency, and were then “forced” to vote BN in front of a Jakoa officer and the elected representative, according to PR. They also alleged that those who voted BN on both the mock ballot papers were then bribed with 5kg of rice.

And yesterday, it was reported thatAyer Kuning assemblyperson and Tapah BN chairperson Samsudin Abu Hassanhad admitted as much to Malay daily Sinar Harian– although he tried to justify this by saying that it was done after they found a high the number of spoilt votes among Orang Asli voters in the last general election. Samsudin also admitted to giving away free rice.

In case, they didn’t know but this contravenes Section 9 of the Election Offences Act 1954 which deals with interference in the free exercise of a person’s electoral right. And printing a mock ballot paper breaches Section 3(j) of the same Act.

This willful attempt to influence and manipulate Orang Asli voters besides bribing them is both scandalous and criminal. I bet you that the Election Commission will close both eyes to this. BN is really stooping low – they are so desperate to cling on to power, particularly in Perak that this flagrant handiwork is not beneath them at all!

On Thursday, I was at the Elken Toastmasters meeting – this is my 199th regular Toastmasters meeting for 2012 and this newly-chartered club represents my 66th Toastmasters club that I have visited during the same period. I was the General Evaluator and although I complained that the meeting started ten minutes late, it was a great meeting nevertheless. Members are enthusiastic about learning but they need experienced Toastmasters to show them the ropes. I promised I will help. Still, I would rate this meeting a 7 out of a 10 overall.

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