A long campaign

Elections Commission met today and decided that nomination for the 222 Parliamentary seats and 505 State Assembly seats in 12 states (with the exception of Sarawak) for the 13th General Election is on Saturday 20 April 2013 and polling is on Sunday 5 May 2013.

That is effectively 15 days of allowable official campaigning days.

That is very long indeed. Considering that the nation had technically been on 13GE ‘Orange Alert’ since more than 21 months ago and the Opposition parties have been actively campaigning in their ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy almost daily everywhere in the country, 15 days of intense ceramahs could set the heat a little up on the red mercury scale.

That is not withstanding that the advancement of communication technology and connectivity, campaign materials are easily transmitted which include lies and seditious materials.40 million registered cellular phones which include 14 million 3G lines already a demonstration that almost every single eligible voters could be reached in fraction of the blink of an eye.

Especially for the young and more communication savvy 3 million new and first time voters, the advancement of technology and communication connectivity means that they are able to access a massive amount of campaign information from where ever they are, be in text, photos, recorded audio or video formats and medium. They need not attend the more interesting ceramahs in person, to get the gist of the messages transmitted by the candidates offering themselves.

The Opposition parties are expected to perpetuate lies on top of making ridiculous accusations with intent to stir up emotions and sow further ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy in their campaigns, but this time with a lot more intensity. The Chinese Chauvinists within DAP is also expected to play the racist card in their Mandarin ceramahs to the Chinese ethnic crowd. They have done this in the past and they are very capable to do it again, now that they are vying into new electoral markets.

That is more pressure for the authorities to ensure that no people with sinister agenda do something evil and mad, like what pro-Opposition lawyer Haris Ibrahim has been doing lately and could do serious destability and fear.

We are of the opinion that EC should have allowed minimal campaigning period. Many things could happen in extra five whole days.

Published in: on April 10, 2013 at 13:00  Comments (5)  

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  1. Tarikh pilehan raya hampir sama dengan tahun 1969,Ini akan mengingatkan orang cina dan India akan peristiwa 13 Mei.

    Smart move tapi ada riskonya.

    • Tun Dr Mahathir said if Anwar loses he’d blame BN all sorts to get people on the streets. That’s the nature of the man he had studied closely, had offered his hand and brought Anwar into UMNO from his ABIM days. And saw him perform as his Cabinet Minister. Cunning in the “Jumpa Ular …” sense.

      When chucked out of Cabinet and UMNO, the sodomist showed his true colours. Endless street demonstrations with out permits, of the kind that the bloke Lim Kit Siang had conducted before that. My God, what would happen if Anwar starts to create trouble before, during and after the elections.

      But I think the Police must have been rehearsing and rehearsing their Standard Operations Procedures on street demos for some time already. With the Military ready to assist if called upon to do so, like they said before the Bersih no-permit rally prior to the Peaceful Assembly Act came into effect.

      The Act requires people to inform the Police in reasonably early time before they want to assemble. And assemble in places that don’t inconvenience the public – in stadiums, for example. But Anwar might breach those laws if he loses the elections. After all, he was the bloke who did the hand signals that led to the breaching of the Dataran Merdeka despite the Court Order during Bersih 2.0.

  2. If the opposition can capitalise on the long campaign period, so could the BN. Those who have made up their minds, have made up their minds. It is the fence sitters that the BN would have to win over and 2 weeks maybe just about nice. The worry maybe on the election day itself esp.from groups out to create chaos and make the EC looks bad and incompetent. The quieter the campaign with low turn outs may spell bad omen that either BN or Pakatan is going to lose big like what happened in 2008.

  3. Setuju, 15 hari untuk berkempen (secara rasminya) agak terlalu lama dan akan digunakan sepenuhmya oleh pembangkang untuk menabur fitnah dan meneruskan agenda politik kebencian mereka. Berita berikut adalah contoh keceluparan dan bukti betapa kotornya taktik mereka dalam usaha untuk memenangi sokongan rakyat:

    Subang Jaya: “Pasukan ATM (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) ditugaskan menjaga keamanan bukan untuk menghuru-harakan negara,” kata Panglima Angkatan Tentera Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
    Beliau berkata demikian selepas diminta mengulas kenyataan pemimpin kanan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) yang mendakwa Kor Risik ATM turut terbabit dalam rancangan menghuru-harakan program dijalankan parti berkenaan. Sebelum itu, Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Pusat (MPP) PKR Datuk Johari Abdul mendakwa kononnya menerima maklumat bahawa Kor Risik ATM diarah melatih Pemuda UMNO dan orang awam bagi melakukan sabotaj selain mengganggu program pakatan pembangkang.
    Zulkifeli berkata, dakwaan itu tidak berasas dan menyangkal sama sekali selain menganggap dakwaan itu strategi pihak pembangkang untuk menyalahkan pihak tertentu khususnya ATM apabila berlaku huru-hara. “Ia tidak betul. Saya menafikan sekeras-kerasnya dakwaan mereka. Mereka sengaja mewujudkan kenyataan itu dan saya pasti ia rancangan mereka untuk menyalahkan kita (ATM).
    “Perkara itu hanya strategi pihak berkenaan untuk menyalahkan ATM sekiranya ada huru-hara yang sebenarnya dirancang mereka”.
    – Harian Metro.

    Nampaknya strategi mereka untuk menimbulkan huru-hara selepas ditolak rakyat kelak telah ketahuan, jadi cara terbaik untuk meneruskan taktik kotor tersebut ialah dengan terlebih dahulu menyalahkan pihak lain termasuklah ATM yang bergadai nyawa mempertahankan kedaulatan negara dan keselamatan rakyat (termasuklah keselamatan kumpulan jahat ini).

    Antara mesej yang patut disampaikan bagi menyedarkan rakyat tentang taktik kotor pembangkang ialah apa yang pernah dinyatakan oleh Presiden Abraham Lincoln dari Amerika Syarikat:

    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”.

  4. Dear Bro,

    Malaysian academics demand Pakatan Rakyat to explain what they intend to do about the nation’s finances and debts… manifesto promises kan banyak…

    http://english.cpiasia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2514&catid=216

    Tolong circulate…


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