Yes! It helped to elect ADUN Ariff Shah, the current by-election opponent to Anwar Ibrahim at the parliamentary level. According to TheMalaysianInsider.com, Ariff Shah’s majority at Seberang Jaya (DUN, state assembly seat, N10) dropped from 4,464 in 2004 to only 553 in 2008.
How many new postal votes were introduced by the HQ and police stations in Bukit Mertajam (044/10/07/701 and 044/10/07/702) between the 11th GE and 12th GE?
The total was 405! The new police HQ introduced 405 new postal voters to Seberang Jaya, Ariff Shah’s DUN seat, by 20080205 before that number dropped to 404 by 20080731. TheMalaysianInsider further attributed Ariff Shah’s win to these postal voters.
The questions would then be:
* Shouldn’t postal votes require more transparency?
* Shouldn’t postal votes be reformed to give postal voters more privacy and independence?
* Shouldn’t we be monitoring postal votes in the next few days?
Nevertheless, because this by-election is a larger parliamentary contest, the 490 postal voters probably cannot play any decisive role. There is also little chance of newly-imported phantom voters, because there had been few increase in voters since the 2008 Feb 5 gazetted voters roll used in the 12th GE. SPR may actually have gone over-conservative in the deletion of elderly voters.
BN’s “Ariff Shah — first impressions,” TheMalaysianInsider.com, Aug 14, 2008 (Extract)
During the 2004 general election, Malaysians’ generous mandate to the then new Prime Minister also gave first-time candidate Ariff Shah a thumping majority of 4,464 votes over the well-known figure Dr Mansor Othman, who was then Penang PKR chief.
However, Abdullah’s unpopularity later also cut Ariff Shah’s majority to only 553 votes to an unknown Ramli Bulat of PKR, and most of the votes he received were said to be from postal votes.
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