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The 12th General Election:Political parties and police gearing up as electoral body chairman says early polls ‘just around the corner’ (3)

Posted on: January 7, 2008

By Carolyn Hong(The Straits Times) – SPECULATION over Malaysia’s impending general election stepped up a notch yesterday when the election chief reiterated that the polls are just ‘around the corner’.

All police officers and personnel have had their leave periods frozen indefinitely, further fuelling the speculation.

‘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,’ police chief Musa Hassan was quoted as saying by The Sunday Star yesterday.

The Election Commission, which oversees the running of elections, is also gearing up for the polls, chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said in an interview with the newspaper, the weekend edition of The Star, the biggest English daily.

‘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,’ he said.

This is the second time in recent weeks that he has hinted that elections are close.

As well, Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) vice-president Fong Chan Onn confirmed yesterday that the party’s election machinery has been asked to gear up.

The impending election – the second for Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi – has been anticipated for a long time.

His mandate does not end until mid-2009, but the speculation is that the polls will be held sooner rather than later because of the uncertain global economic outlook, among other factors.

While the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is expected to romp to victory, it is unlikely to repeat its spectacular performance of 2004 when Datuk Seri Abdullah had just taken office.

The election will be closely watched because it will be seen as a reflection of Malaysia’s race relations, which are increasingly strained.

The Sunday Star’s front- page report yesterday feeds into growing speculation among opposition and ruling party politicians that the polls will be held within a couple of months.

The conventional thinking is a date in March, just before the legal ban on former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim’s eligibility to stand as an electoral candidate expires in April. He is under a five-year ban on standing in elections due to a conviction over a corruption charge.

Datuk Seri Abdullah has not given any hint, but pundits are reading signals in the heightened grassroots preparations and the slew of announcements like a new body to investigate police misconduct.

An official of the MCA told The Straits Times that the party is already preparing for an early election.

The opposition is doing the same. Mr Tony Pua, who will stand as candidate for the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP), said everyone seemed to be anticipating an election very soon.

He told The Straits Times that the DAP recently found flags and banners flying in three Selangor state constituencies, which suggest heightened political readiness.

The government’s recent tabling in Parliament of a Bill to set up a body to investigate police misconduct also sparked further speculation as this was among the promises made at the 2004 election.

Last week, MCA president Ong Ka Ting announced a RM10 million (S$4.4 million) government allocation for Chinese schools, seen as a move to placate Chinese voters who have been angered by their perception of the government’s stronger Malay agenda.

Government leaders have said they are convinced that the majority of voters are still behind them, despite facing problems over the spiralling cost of living, fear of crime, and increasingly strained race relations.


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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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