Phantom voters and massive rigging of the elections could be a possible reason why Malaysian feel that it is foolish to think they can make a difference.. after all PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did not have to call for elections so soon… he could wait till next year.. but its rumoured he did not want to give Anwar a chance to participate in the elections.
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, has been barred from serving in a governmental position until April because of his conviction for corruption charges in 1998. He was convicted on possibly politically motivated charges and released in 2004.
Anwar cautioned for possible election fraud by the ruling coalition ‘We have produced evidence of massive rigging, phantom voters in every constituency. All this of course is evidence of fraud. It could be proven that there is massive rigging I don’t think it would bear well for the stability of the country.’
Another concern is the rising tensions between the different races in Malaysia.
Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted in The Star : “The (coming) general elections is not about politics but the future of the Malays.”
Did i read wrongly… or is he suggesting that the other races living in Malaysia do not matter as much as the future of the Malays?
It probably would not be a good idea to have someone who is seemingly insensitive towards the needs of the other races, who by the way are contributing to the economy of the country but not given credit for, on the governmental board..right?
The way I see it, the Malaysian elections have many obstacles to overcome.. can they convince the public that the voting is honest and fair.. and how are they going to pacify the people particularly the unhappy non-Malays so that we do not encounter a repeat of Operation Lalang?