A strange situation has arisen when a new Bukit Mertajam police HQ, opened from 2007, is found to house 300 over postal voters who will vote for the coming by-election. The 300 over voters was added only after the 2004 General Election where the BN candidate came close to unseating the incumbent PKR candidate Wan Azizah. Wan azizah won by 590 votes. The police/postal votes have also been `credited’ to save another BN candidate who kept his seat during the Mar 8th political tsunami where many BN /UMNO `strongman’ were swept off their seats. The candidate Arif Shah is the UMNO candidate for the current by-election.
This photo was taken during last night’s HINDRAF’s protest outside the BM Police station. There was no campaign banners and posters around the police HQ vicinity-proving that the Police HQ is indeed outside the P Pauh constituency. It is not conceivable that the police were from P Pauh -they are likely as usually the case, to be from all over the country. The concept of `postal voters’ is stretched to incredulous level: postal voters refer commonly to voters who move out of his/her personal constituency but allowed to vote from outside his constituency via postal votes. However the voters in the Police HQ are likely to be police who are staying even for medium/long term and registered at the police HQ. And their votes from the police HQ are assigned to any area the EC/SPR see ift/fancy. Thus as if coincidentally the BM Police HQ voters are now voting for Permatnag Pauh. There is a huge implication for the fairness of election when this happen.