In his speech to commemorate the official birthday of His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong, Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced a Special Panel comprising of BN and Opposition MPs to oversee and monitor the Election Commission. The purpose is to add more credibility of the EC.
Sunday June 2, 2013
New panel to oversee Election Commission
PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission’s integrity and credibility will be strengthened with a special committee comprising Barisan Nasional and Opposition MPs set up to oversee it, the Prime Minister said.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said: “With this move, it is hoped the impartiality of the EC will not be questioned and the people’s confidence in the commission is strengthened.”
He was delivering his speech congratulating Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on his birthday at Istana Negara yesterday.
He said the Government would cooperate fully with the EC to improve further the credibility of general elections in the country although the last one went without a hitch.
He urged those “fuelled by self-interest” not to damage the credibility of the EC by making unfounded allegations against the commission.
Bernama quoted him as saying that the commission was not a government agency or department but a mechanism set up based on provisions under the Federal Constitution.
Najib also reported to the King that the country had for the 13th time seen the smooth running of a general election to select the people’s representatives and form the federal and state governments.
He gave an assurance that he and his Cabinet would safeguard the trust placed on them by the King to take the country to greater heights.
Najib also said that upgrading governance and integrity across all segments were among new focus areas of the Government.
He said the Government would intensify efforts to fight corruption and abuse of power.
To this end, the Government has developed a comprehensive integrity plan that “crosses borders”, he said, adding: “I will announce the details of the implementation of this plan soon.”
“The people have spoken and voiced the priority that should be championed by your majesty’s Government. Our duty and responsibility are to discharge the trust in the best way.”
Present at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the King’s birthday were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Cabinet ministers.
Najib said the Government would in the next five years improve the implementation of the National Transformation Policy to ensure sustained economic growth, reduce inflation and cost of living, strive for low unemployment and control crime rate.
It will also ensure equal access to quality education, narrow the infrastructure and income gap between urban and rural people, boost foreign and domestic investments and increase competitiveness, he added.
“These plans will not be successful without the support of all Malaysians. It should not be the Government’s agenda alone and we should make it the mission of all parties,” Najib said.
“Let us chart a new and better future together for us and our children.”
Many have started to question the rational of the creation of this panel. This is because the independence and integrity of the EC has never been as an issue to the majority of Malaysians.
The Opposition have used the integrity and independence EC as a convenient during the last two general elections. However, they failed to bring upon credible evidence to substantiate their claims. They had three BERSIH rallies and many of their demands were actually implemented by EC.
The Opposition and all the pro-Opposition NGOs are not interested on improvement of the electoral process and system. They are looking excuses to manipulate, like finding ways how the indelible ink to be taken of the finger of voters. And they blatantly lie, like the so-called ‘Blackout in Bentong during vote counting’, for the explicit motives of ill intent to get some Malaysians mad and on street demonstration fury.
Yet, the manipulation of facts without any credible evidence provided to substantiate and blatant lies continued post the 13GE. ‘Black 505’ series of rally all over the nation is designed to infuriate Malaysians which the lying notion that EC manipulated the 13GE and denied the majority of their ‘true government’.
His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Al Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah in his official birthday titah yesterday asked everyone to accept the result of the 13GE and move on. Yet, the Opposition refused and vow to continue the ‘Black 505’ mobstreet rally.
Despite Agong’s call to accept GE13 result, ‘Black 505’ will continue
BY ZURAIRI AR
JUNE 01, 2013
File picture of Datuk Seri Najib Razak (right) taking his oath in front of DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong during a swearing-in ceremony at the palace in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — PKR stressed today that the Black 505 rallies will go on to show the people’s disapproval towards the Election Commission (EC), and are not meant as a sign of disrespect against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The rallies will continue to protest against alleged electoral fraud during Election 2013, despite calls by the King, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who wants the people of this country to accept the results of the 13th general election (GE13) which they themselves have determined.
“The reason why we gather is to state our dissatisfaction towards the EC’s action, there is no intention to disrespect Your Highness,” PKR’s Datuk Johari Abdul told The Malaysian Insider through a phone call here.
“That is why every time we end our gatherings, we would sing “Negaraku” to show our obedience and loyalty towards Your Highness,” said the rally’s programme director, referring to the national anthem.
Johari explained that the rallies will continue until the chairman, deputy chairman, and every member of the EC that were elected by the King himself resign.
“As a leader, I “menjunjung kasih” (honour with love) Your Highness’ advice. However, the citizens under Your Highness ask to inform Your Highness that there is clear fraud that was done by the EC,” he said.
Last night, Tuanku Abdul Halim said that any political change in the country must be done in a peaceful manner, through the ballot box guided by the principles of the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.
“If there are differences of opinion, use the channels to resolve them as outlined in the Federal Constitution and the country’s laws,” Tuanku Abdul Halim said in conjunction with the official birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today in his speech that was carried live by RTM last night.
The King said: “The act of casting doubts on an institution that has been entrusted under the Federal Constitution to conduct the general elections in this country is very dangerous and might only cause a never-ending conflict.
“Don’t we ever weaken and destroy our constitutional monarchy system, parliamentary democracy and federal philosophy which all this while have formed the basic ingredients for Malaysia’s success.”
Earlier this week, Johari had said that the rallies will continue next month and be held every week until all PKR’s demands are met.
This comes even as Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders and analysts criticised the rallies and called for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to accept the results and move on towards nation building efforts instead.
The Opposition is determined to use the ‘Black 505’ and other street demonstration, coupled with the utterance of seditious words and other acts of crime, to create the anger amongst Malaysians and hoped to reach a point of critical mass. It is where a massive civil demonstration dubbed ‘Malaysian Spring’ (after the ‘Arab Spring’ which toppled Tunisian, Libyan and Egyption governments) is staged where the Federal Government is toppled.
The EC’s authority is directly from His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong, with the agreement and approval of Conference of Rulers. This is clearly stated in the act, which also governs the operation limits of the officers appointed to carry out EC duties.
So far, the Conference of Rulers has never complained about the independence and intergrity of the EC. After all, Opposition leaders took oath of office as the Chief Minister and Menteri Besars before HRH Rulers very quickly in states where they controlled the State Assemblies without any hang ups.
Commissioners are appointed by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong with agreement of Conference of Rulers. Having MPs as a body to oversee the EC, , demeans the authority and integrity of persons already appointed by His Majesty and HRH Rulers.
Democracy is good. However there is a limit of democracy as the freedom to decide indescriminately based on popularity, emotions and perception or worse still, manipulation of public oppinion could be proven destructive. Democracy also doesn’t warrant to defend the rights of individuals at he expense of the interest of the majority.
After the French Revolution, the French people demanded they have the complete say to decide on aspect like law and the process of administering justice. They resorted to tribunals based on hatred sentiments and France saw the indescriminate brutal execution on the monarchs and nobilities.
So was almost 150 years earlier when the Parliamentarians revolted against the King of England and a republic was instituted for only the time in the island’s 6,000 years of civilisation.
Just like the Judiciary, the EC should be answerable to His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong and Conference of Rulers. It should be considered ‘Thinning of the Wedge’ to allow persons elected by the process of democracy with the means of popularity instead of qualification, to play that role instead. After all, this election panel consist of MPs could be a new precedent to instituting MPs as a ‘Judiciary Panel’.
It is doubtful that the appointment of MPs in the cohorts of Bung Mokhtar Raden, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Rafizi Ramli, Azeez Rahim and/or Mahfuz Omar would provide credence to the panel, which is supposed to supervise the independence and integrity of the EC.
Unless, this idea is in competition to Astro’s talent search reality show Maharaja Lawak.