Pilihanraya Umum ke XII Mac ini?

Demam pilihanraya sudah bermula. Hari ini, akhbar The Star melaporkan bahwa cuti anggota pasukan Polis telah dibekukan, sehingga satu waktu yang akan diberitahu. Ketua Polis Negara IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan mengesahkan bahawa Polis sedang sibuk melakukan simulasi, sebagai persiapan menghadapi Pilihanraya Umum ke XII, semenjak 1959.

Parti parti politik, terutama komponen Barisan Nasional sudah mula memperhebatkan usaha persiapan jentera pilihanraya mereka, seperti mengemas kini senarai pengundi dan mengagih agihkan tugasan bersama melalui pusat pengundian dalam setiap kawasan Parlimen.

Dipetik dari akhbat The Star:

Election fever gets hotter

By LOURDES CHARLES and MAZWIN NIK ANIS

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PETALING JAYA: The general election fever just got hotter – leave for all police officers and personnel has been frozen indefinitely.

A circular was issued to that effect last month, and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan told The Star that the main reason for the freeze was to conduct dry runs for the next general election.

“We have several reasons for doing so; the main reason being that we need to have dry runs. There are many things that we need to do when the elections are called. We must be prepared.”

Musa said his officers had been briefed about what needed to be done and he expressed hope they would pass the message down to the men on the ground.

Sources said that leave would only be approved for those facing emergencies, adding that Musa wanted to ensure that fewer than 10% of the 95,000-strong force were away at any one time.

The Election Commission is also getting down to serious work. Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman reiterated that the elections are near, adding that he was “not joking” about the matter when he first spoke of it.

“In fact, I’m dead serious about it,” he said in an exclusive interview.

Abdul Rashid said he was not trying to show that he had the “power” recently when he said the elections would be held soon.

“I purposely said that to remind everyone – voters and political parties alike – to be ready as the elections will be held soon.

“I just want to be fair to all. Democracy works when participation by political parties is vibrant on the ground. We would like very much to encourage as many parties to participate in the elections as possible, hence the ‘warning’ so that everybody can be prepared,” he said.

Pressed for a more specific date, Abdul Rashid, who would be taking charge of the running of his seventh election, said:

“When I say the election is around the corner, you better believe me because it is not a joke. It is definitely not a joke. You don’t joke about these things.”

Abdul Rashid said the EC had been told that it was time to prepare for the elections, adding that it had already been making the necessary preparations since last year, when he issued notices to secretariats nationwide to “get cracking”.

The EC chairman said Malaysians should consider themselves blessed for having good electoral practices, despite claims by some parties to the contrary.

“Some countries can’t even form a government, let alone a good government. Here, due to good electoral practices, we have a legitimate government, chosen by the people.

“There have been peaceful elections; we are blessed with that,” he said.

On his being the target of Bersih, Abdul Rashid said the group did not understand election laws and had demanded that certain changes be made, when the commission had no power to do so.

“We work within the framework of the law, nothing more, nothing less. The Bersih group made several demands and I told them that the things they demanded were beyond us,” he said.

Abdul Rashid hoped that the next general election, which would be his last as EC chairman, would be smooth, controversy-free and successful.

Parti parti politik komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) semenjak enam bulan kebelakangan ini giat membuat perlbagai kursus untuk jentera pilihanraya mereka, termasuk latihan “dry run”. Difahamkan, semua parti parti politik komponen BN diberikan jadual akhir 25 Februari 2008 untuk menentukan bendera, banner dan sepanduk sedia ditempah dan cetak.

Setiausaha setiusaha Bahagian UMNO seluruh Negara juga sibuk menyediakan senarai bakal bakal calon, untuk diteliti oleh peringkat Perhubungan UMNO Negeri, sebelum dimajukan ke peringkat Ibu Pejabat UMNO agar senarai akhir ditimbangkan oleh pucuk pimpinan parti.

Proses mengemas kini jentera pilihanraya dan menyenarai pendek bakal bakal calon, samada diperingkat Perhubungan Negeri atau Bahagian mula menimbulkan ‘perebutan’, ‘pertembungan’ dan ketidak seragaman sehingga dibawa ke perhatian media, seperti apa yang berlaku diPerlis minggu lepas.

Baru baru ini Timbalan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, merangkap Timbalan Pengerusi BN membuat kenyataan bahawa bakal bakal calon BN akan diteliti dan perhalusi untuk menentukan mereka bebas dari sebarang ‘kontroversi’ dan ‘skandal’, setelah timbul kontroversi seksual melibatkan Menteri Kesihatan Dato’ Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, merangkap Naib Presiden MCA. Cadangan ini disokong kuat Ketua Pemuda BN Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein.

BN kini dibawah ‘tekanan’ dan ‘tanggung jawab’ berat dan rumit untuk mengekalkan penguasaan 90% Dewan Rakyat, yang berjaya diperolehi Pilihanraya Umum ke XI 21 Mac 2004 semenjak pelbagai isu mengenai kelemahan dan kegagalan Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sepanjang empat tahun ini, walaupun ada poll menunjukan majoriti rakyat masih lagi kuat menyokong BN. Mengambil alih monopoli penguasaan Kelantan oleh PAS semenjak Pilihanraya Umum ke VIII 1990 merupakan salah satu agenda utama BN pusingan ini.

Pakatan Pembangkang juga memperhebatkan kempen mereka. Ini jelas dengan penglibatan pemimpin pemimpin mereka dalam pelbagai demonstrasi jalanan tanpa permit kebelakangan ini, lebih lebih lagi semenjak kekalahan teruk Pembangkang dalam empat pilihanraya kecil kebelakangan ini, terutama akibat permasalahan dalaman dan intra-Pembangkang itu sendiri. Pencaturan pemimpin Pembangkang untuk mencari ‘tapak’ dan ‘peranan’ sesuai juga makin teserlah.

Krisis peringkat global harga asas minyak mentah yang kini hampir mencecah USD 100.00 setong merupakan satu perkara yang amat perlu ditimbangkan Kerajaan BN. Ini kerana ‘tekanan’ untuk menaikan harga runcit bahan bakar hidrokarbon, yang sediada pada RM 1.92 se liter untuk petrol premium. Kali terakhir harga runcit dinaikan ialah Mac 2006 dan harga minyak mentah masa itu baru mencecah USD 60.00. Dianggarkan subsidi bahan bakar tahunan Negara kini berada pada RM 45 billion setahun dan Kerajaan tidak mampu bertahan lama dengan subsidi setinggi ini. Oleh demikian, harga runcit terpaksa dinaikan segera. Oleh itu, pilihanraya perlu diadakan segera sebelum harga runcit bahan bakar dinaikan kerana sebarang kenaikan akan ada kesan ‘spiral’ meruncing kepada semua barangan dan perkhidmatan lain dan semestinya ini akan menjejaskan sokongan rakyat.

Kemungkinan besar Pilihanraya Umum ke XII Mac 2008 ini semakin jelas, memandangkan persediaan dan persiapan yang telah dan sedang dijalankan oleh parti parti politik komponen BN dan kesempatan cuti sekolah bermula 8 Mac 2008 (7 Mac bagi negeri negeri Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis dan Terengganu) adalah peluang terbaik kerana 10,000 sekolah sekolah merupakan pusat pembuangan undi paling utama seluruh negara.

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