P44 – Permatang Pauh

26 08 2008

For the most part of my life I have considered myself apolitical but lately I have been more aware of the political situation in my country. The recent General Elections delivered the ruling coalition party Barisan National an almost fatal blow. It won the right to form the government only by the grace of a few percentage points and 30 Parliamentary seats. By some estimates they only received 51% of the popular votes as compared to 49% for the opposition Parti Rakyat or PR.
Hardly 6 months later, the leader of the opposition party Wan Azizah stepped down as Member of Parliament to set in motion for what took place today, the byelections for the Parliamentary Seat of Permatang Pauh or P44. How apt that the Chinese pronounciation of 44 is “die, die”. Is this then the fatal blow for BN?
Today is the polling day for P44 – Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat and it has been reported by several sources that Anwar Ibrahim has won by a comfortable majority despite the full force of the governmental institutions bearing down on the electorate for the last 10 days including all the printed media which has been in the control of the ruling party for years. Tonight that almost absolute control of the official media be it the television, radio or newspapers becomes so apparent in the fact that there has been an almost complete lack of official figures in the vote counting. I have had to trawl the political blogs to read about the progress of the count and even this was at best a rough win/losr guide to me. Take for example these fiures reported by Haris Ibrahim.
8.11pm : Based on news reports coming in
Official results are in for 15 polling stations.
PKR – 22,659 BN – 10,999

Then ,
8.20pm : Din Merican reporting from the counting centre

Votes in favour of Anwar (PKR) – 31,949
Votes for Arif (BN) – 14,297

Still later,
8.45pm : Din Merican reporting from the counting centre
The earlier figures reported, it seems were incorrect.

Votes in favour of Anwar – 22,373
Votes for Arif – 9,549.

At this time 7 polling centres has still to report its results back to the main counting centre. As you can see the figures went up and down with the passing of time. The MP for Wangsa Maju, Wee Choo Keong reported on his blog that as of 8.35 p.m tonight Anwar Ibrahim won by a majority of 17520 votes. It is utterly disgusting to see the government controlled media deprive the people of fair reporting. In losing, the government has shown that it cannot play fair.

The government control Star newspaper’s online portal had only this to say, “PKR has claimed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh by-election by a majority of 17,652 votes.” Why is it with its access to the official results from the Elections Commision, the Star cannot release the official results and chose instead to quote PKR as “claiming” victory for their candidate.

So now as I come to the end of this short post, my friend has called me with news of the official results which i have yet to see reported by the mainstream media, Anwar Ibrahim from PKR – 31,195 votes, Arif from BN – 15,524 votes. Anwar Ibrahim wins the Permatang Pauh by elections by a majority of 15,671 votes. Congratulations En. Anwar. Lets hope this is a victory for the people of Malaysia. We sorely need a strong 2 party system in politics.

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27 08 2008
Patek1472

“Victory Cries” After Permatang Pauh By-Election.
“Laungan-Laungan Kemenangan” Selepas Pilihanraya Kecil di Permatang Pauh.

“Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!”

“Hail! Man of Honour” walks again in the Corridors of Power

Posted at http://patek1472.wordpress.com

27 08 2008
thepuppeteer

what about your friendly advice for me?
‘.. stay out of politics and you’ll be a happy man.’
haha

http://anofferucantrefuse.blogspot.com/

28 08 2008
nenebubuchacha

Fuel Price drop for the win.

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