220 years old French style failed democracy

The chaos of a court just after the French Revolution

The chaos of a court just after the French Revolution

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.”

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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.

Black 505

Black 505

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.

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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.

EC Chairman Tan Sri Abd Aziz Yusof in audience with His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV

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.

The trial of Charles, King of England, January 1649

The trial of Charles, King of England, January 1649

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.

The EC meeting the press and media, for 13GE

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.

*Updated 2345hrs

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  1. The weak PM is dancing to the tune of the oppositions, little realising that the problem is not with the EC. The problem is with the politicians. The vanquished refused to vanquish and are busy attacking EC and are raising anything under the sun to discredit EC. If they had won they wouldn’t have attacked the EC but busy arguing with each other who would become PM, who would get what portfolios and perhaps forgot to turun harga kereta and harga minyak overnight. The drama these opposition politicians are playing is just too much, over the top that can make anyone vomit in disgust. And while they compose and orchestrate their out of key, music, some of the victors are willing to dance along to the music played by the hungry vanquished without thinking if the music will make them turn irrational and spin out of control. It is mind boggling that the enemy is at the door armed with pseudo excuses and they are allowed in as guests of honour. Zero strategic thoughts, zero thinking and sinking.

    • Najib has been dancing to the opposition tune since he took over from Tun Dol and neglecting the aspiration of the ones that placing him as what he is .
      Should Malays and UMNO letting him continue with the dance ?, I hope the Perhimpunan Agong UMNO should take care of this dancing .

    • Najib Razak pernah dinobatkan sebagai ‘Putera Bugis’.

      Orang Bugis terkenal dengan semangat juang & keberanian luar biasa. Mereka juga terbukti strategis peperangan luar biasa. Itu disamping diplomat yg baik.

      Contoh ialah Raja Hadji. Berjaya mengalah tentera Hindia Timur Belanda di Teluk Ketapang, lebih kurang masa Revolusi Perancis.

      Najib tidak mewarisi antara ciri ciri ini. Apabila diasak, berundur & kompromi.

      Walaupun semasa Perhimpunan Agung UMNO cakap bergegar gegar. Suka menjerit, tapi sebenarnya tidak berani menerkam & menyerang.

      Sungguh mengecewakan!

      Malangnya Bangsa Melayu kerana pemimpin tertinggi mereka bacul!

  2. This policy of appeasement by Najib will make him go down in history as a weak leader. Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Britain who tried to appease Adolf Hitler prior to World War II, has become regarded by the world at large with disdain.

    He went to Germany trying to persuade Hitler not to invade Poland etc and got a piece of paper signed by the maddening dictator. Returned to England claiming he brought back “peace with honour”. Shit peace it was. Not long after that, Hitlers’ troops and tanks rambled into and occupied Poland and Czechoslovakia, starting World War II. Najib didn’t study History. Sad that he appeared not to have been advised about the stupidity of the British PM. Now he has become stupid.

    There was an earlier comment (in here, I think) saying the Chinese have a history of firm, resolute and even brutal Emperors that kept them respecting or fearing their rulers through the thousands of years. I agree with that. That’s the only way to make them be subservient to the rule of law. Especially the DAP members and supporters. And those of the Chinese tsunami variety. No doubt the so-called Black505 illegal demos are organized by the sore loser Anwar Al Juburi and his underlings, but most of the faces in the demo photos are the tsunami Chinese.

    I agree with the view that the new Minister of Home Affairs has said the right things and the new IGP has taken the right actions by arresting and prosecuting the illegal demo organizers and the seditious fellows. That’s the kind of action those anarchists will respect. No need to fear any reaction leading to the situation going out of control. The Military have said they were willing to assist the Police in maintaining peace and order if asked. They have worked together successfully during the race riots of 1969. Najib must not appear to be a weakling and get exploited by those bent on creating havoc in this country.

    This is another reason why UMNO must seriously consider whether he should continue to lead. I think UMNO grassroots and those at the Divisions and Branches must discuss these and have them brought up to the Perhimpunan Agong UMNO at the end of the year.

    • Yes, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid is saying and doing the right things. He has ordered the police to investigate into claims that a Facebook owner had posted insulting comments on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his birthday speech.

      Zahid said the Home Ministry wants the police to bring those who had insulted the King to justice. “All Malaysians must respect Yang di-Pertuan Agong as an institution of the nation. And to say such things over the social media is very disrespectful and the offenders must face the music,” he said.

      Bravo. Teach the biadap fellows to respect the institutions and the laws that are enshrined in the Constitution. I think there’ll be none of the likes of the French Revolution or the Arab Spring so long as the Home Minister and the IGP do like Ahmad Zahid and Khalid. Nip them in the bud. Sumbat them into the lock ups. No matter if they are women. I think Ahmad Zahid will get the highest votes among the VPs at UMNO party elections if he continues doing those.

    • And news reports say Police have received six reports regarding seditious statements made against the YDP Agong on social media.

      Kuala Lumpur Police said the reports received were from individuals representing six non-governmental organisations.

      “According to these representatives, they have read mutinous statements made against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on a Facebook page registered to a woman. This case will be investigated under section 4 (1) (b) of the Sedition Act 1948. Well done. Do the woman up as she has tried to do things against the YDP Agong.

      Bernama also reports that the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association has lodged a police against the owner of a certain Facebook account insulting the YDP Agong.

      Its chief activist was accompanied by representatives of 10 other non-governmental organisations when lodging the report at the Dang Wangi police station this morning. I’m gad that many NGOs are finding such acts abominable and making Police reports.

      I fully support their opinion that the Police must act fast to discourage others from being emboldened to do the same. We must not allow the anarchists, seditionists and subversives from thinking they can say and act willy nally against the Constitution, the YDP Agong and the established norms of behaviour in this country.

    • The blog called The Choice quotes Anwar saying “I may be arrested” at one of his so-called Black 505 rallies. Najib should realize that the man has fears, too, not wanting to be in jail again after 5-6 years languishing in the Sungai Buluh prison. Especially at his age now.

      So, Najib should not fear Anwar, instead should confront him legally and, at the right time, have the bugger arrested. Don’t arrest him on account of the Peaceful Assembly Act – the penalty of RM10,000 fine is not a deterrent factor at all. Arrest him on sedition which provides for a jail term.

      The Registrar of the Appeal Court should now get the Sodomi II Appeal heard as quickly as possible. Anwar should be placed behind bars as soon as possible and for as long as possible. He is a menace to this country. Don’t give him any chance to start an Arab Spring or anything of the like.

  3. Now, BN is inevitably the weakest govt in 54 years polling history after 13GE.

    Najib is obviously a weak leader as he turned out to be, with all the variables going against him & his leadership.

    He is in such a quandary with the decisions he has made the past month that ppl no longer talk about the wife anymore, anywhere.

    Najib is doing exactly what Pak Lah did post 12GE; pander into his advisers ‘we hv to change & liberalise’ talk.

    Remember appointing Zaid Ibrahim as Law Minister and the ‘compensation’ decision on the sacked five judges?

    On the ground, Najib is taking a lot if flak with his ‘Fortifying his Presidency for UMNO GA Cabinet’. Same like five years before, ppl question how & why personalities like Paul Low & Wathyamoorthy are in but he was very sticky about embracing PERKASA during 13GE.

    In fact, PERKASA should be also appointed into the Cabinet!

    Lots are waiting when UMNO Johor will make their revolt against the party President.

    Expect Najib to listen to his Advisers & go ahead with the economic transformation where the NEP would be skewed & tweaked, that the Bumiputras would be the least net beneficiaries.

    And filthy much more money for Chinese education, which incl government sponsored university colleges doing twinning programs with China.

    The writings are on the wall. Najib’s days should be numbered, if not already is.

    • If Najib does all those, giving more benefits to the tsunami Chinese and weakening the Malays some more in the process, all of us who are seeing the writing on the wall for the Malays should stand up and shout at him. Loud and clear. He should go.

      If he doesn’t go on his own volition, we should keep urging UMNO Johore and UMNO elsewhere to get the divisions and branches to hold EGM at their levels (can they not?) and pass resolutions of censure on Najib.

      Agree that, more than those, the UMNO Divisions and Branches should bring the matter of replacing Najib at the Perhimpunan Agong UMNO at the end of the year. If no such proposal be allowed in the PAU agenda, just raise them under “Lain Lain Hal” or during the delegates speeches. Quietly persuade the delegates to bring those up when making their speeches.

  4. Now they’re asking that this committee be chaired by Opposition. Najib is just crazy to entertain these clowns. Maybe Najib should join them too.

  5. Even Ambiga says the Select Committee is unconstitutional. She is darn right. EC is an independent body and politicians shouldnt even think of meddling with its independence. Now who is tweaking the Consti? They want to open the floodgate to more tweaking of the provisions in the Fed.Constitution? Who advised the PM to establish the Committee? It is a big let down for people who have supported UMNO and BN and to see they are led by a person out of touch with what grassroot and supporters want. More dignity and conservatism, please. Forget trying to be some pseudo liberals or wannabe liberals or bleeding heart liberals taking questionable and unsuitable advice from those who have no knowledge or ignore the knowledge of grassroot and supporters sentiment.

    • I like those words “Forget trying to be some pseudo liberals or wannabe liberals or bleeding heart liberals ..”

      I support fully that call. A Malay is only a pseudo liberal if he does not place the interest of the Malays on top of any agenda. After the Chinese tsunami, no such thing as being a liberal, pseudo or whatever. Give prominence to Article 153 and fully re-activate NEP.

      He must realize that however backward he bends, the Chinese simply don’t care about the principle of sharing power under BN and did the tsunami. And Anwar now wants to sodomize him – asking “all PKR demands” be met. Who are they to be asking such nonsense?

      • This heading appeared in a Sin Chew news report quoting Bernama – “Time for civil servants to fulfill mandate given by the people – Najib”.

        Is it Sin Chew’s or Bernama’s heading? Are there still complaints against the civil servants for dragging their feet on transformation and such things as the dilution of the NEP and on the UEC issue? If there are, I don’t mind it. Sin Chew would of course want to exploit it – want them to give out scholarships, recognize UEC etc to whatever extent that Najib has has promised ASAP.

        Najib said the government had taken several steps and measures to ensure a transparent, fair and just election, including accepting recommendations from the opposition parties. But use of indelible ink etc were steps taken by the independent EC, not by the “government”. Is he referring to the SC to the EC? And Sin Chew wanting the Secretary to Parliament to do it yesterday?

        Bloody kiasu blokes. Announce it today, they want it done yesterday. And Najib keeps giving? Hope UMNO will stop him. Or remove him.

      • Najib can say and shift blame to EC on indelible ink. It only shows he always wants to appear unscathe and well. Well, well..why the blame game? More show of weakness. Logically speaking if the indelible ink can be visible after washing between the voting hours from 8am to 5pm, then nobody can vote twice. Furthermore if a voter has voted, his name/ IC would have been ruled off, making second try at voting an impossibility using the same name and same IC. Anyone who claimed they could wash off the ink and vote again at the same centre..well such claims should be investigated. It could be a bogus drama. And as for the civil servants, they have always been target for criticisms by certain quarters whether or not they perform well.

        Post-GE 13, we see the same old style used by PM to appease the oppositions who had run down BN, UMNO and BN govt since 2008. If this same path and same strategy are being taken, more who supported UMNO before will stay away. The downward spiral is just beginning, because there is little chance in hell, voters who supported Pakatan in GE13 will support BN in GE14.

  6. I hope the PM or his handlers are reading this.

    Mr PM , after rooting for you prior to the GE13, in fact way, way before that, I am now about to have had enough of you

    Why must you go around entertaining and obliging the opposition? Will this policy of appeasement never stop? Why should you set up a committee to oversee the Election Commission?

    Mr PM, the EC is doing just fine, period.
    The only way you could ever satisfy the opposition is to hand over the EC to them lock, stock and barrel.

    For once, Mr PM, why don’t you try to listen to us, the small people who voted you to power? Cater to OUR needs and aspirations for the country. Show us that you have the backbone to get the job done. Is that too much to ask?

    Will ever listen to us?
    Will you ever learn?

  7. A fantastic photo uploaded by BD above on the trial of King Charles of England. And of course Oliver Cromwell was responsible for it all.

  8. Chuck out Malayan Union Revisionists from the UMNO Supreme Council, this November 2013 UMNO Delegates Conference and Election.

  9. I am just too tired about Najib being more than prolific to entertain the demands of the opposition. I think I have had enough. Either he has to change or he has to vacate his seat. Period.

  10. What do you aspect from a Najib who actually believed that Anwar (just like Hitler) would honour a deal?

    The guy thinks UMNO is the strongest political party. Reminds me of the “we are just short by 8 seats for two third majority.” How much more are we shorter by now???

  11. Now Pakatan has announced it won’t participate in the Select Committee unless members of EC resign. See. Jual murah, they tarik harga. They will tarik harga and then they will set more conditions. How can anyone think of making any deal with Pakatan? Never ever be penny wise, pound foolish. The idea of the select committee itself was foolish to begin with and intruding into the independence of EC.

    • I agree with the above.

      If the word “stupid” is too harsh to use on Najib, perhaps the word “unwitting” or “not smart” may be used. All the facts and arguments produced in the comments to this post above are sufficient to justify the use of those words.

      But do let me know if any of those words should not be used on him. If so, do provide the facts and arguments, please.

  12. Padankan muka aku melayu yg dah layu

    • Ha nya beberapa Melayu saja yang dah layu – Anwar, Najib ..

    • Ini yang padan muka – Najib di budak kecilkan:

      “No talk on PSC until electoral reform demands met, says Pakatan

      PETALING JAYA, June 3 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders today refused to commit their involvement in the parliamentary select committee (PSC) to oversee the Election Commission (EC) until all their demands for electoral reforms are heeded.

      The ultimatum comes even as several opposition figures have called for the PSC to be led by PR, after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the transfer of his office’s responsibility to Parliament on Saturday.” (Malaysian Insider).

      Bagi betis nak peha, kata orang. Bagi bontot nak depan belakang, kata Anwar. Saya khuatir Najib akan beri dia depan belakang.

      Kalau dah nak PSC di pimpin oleh PR, kan bagus Najib letak jawatan saja. Sampai sekarang pun Najib tak sedar lagi bahawa mereka bukan hendakkan bumi sahaja, tapi hendakkan langit juga.


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