It may come a a surprise that the election is not neccesarily finished yet: there are issues which need addressing. These issues if left unaddressed, will come back to haunt us in future elections. Some argue that since the results favour the disadvantaged Federal Opposition all is forgiven and forgotten. Well to quote the candidate Anwar: `I can forgive but not forget!’ So these are the post-election issues which had not left us post-election, and there could be explosive revelations if the truth are uncovered:
-what happen to those voters whose name were missing and lost a chance to vote?
-what happen to the `postal voters’ who are located outside the constituency eg the 400 police from Bukit Mertajam Police HQ? Since they are so near -why can’t they just come over the border and cast their vote? Even `phantoms’ from Melaka can drive in by the bus loads to vote???Also: how about the genuine voters who study or work overseas/interstate-why none of them can get postal votes to exercise their right as a citizen?
-how about the abuse of government resources eg the use of public spaces eg community halls for campaign centres; the use of government vehicles to `visit’ Permatang Pauh -actually from all states, including from Selangor, Perak and Kedah!!!!
-the offering of money to various people for campaigning purposes eg A candidate admit he paid Rm50-200.00 to each `intelligence’ collaborator-how many are there? How much would be accounted for in his expenses return? Similarly the expenditure from the other side need scrutinising;
-the police reports-will their cases be closed following the saying `all is fair in love and elections’? How about the roles of the police -can they be open to some auditing? The APCMC is needed here.
-about RM6mil is estimated to have been `allocated’ incidentally at the by-election. Did they follow proper financial procedures? Where is the ACA here?
-the media controlled by the party and government is once again caught red handed engaging in party campaign -who gave the instructions? There should be a Parliamentary select committee to look into how these abuses can be stopped!
The Permatang Pauh election can be the deserved `mother of all elections’ if these issues are addressed-once and for all and allow the nation to move on to a more mature democracy. If the euphoris of the Federal Opposition win mean that these issues are swept under the carpet again then there would not be any milestone created from this `mother of all elections’. There was probably only a mother lost in the maze of election misconducts. It would also give credence to the by-partisan lie from Federal ruling and Opposition parties(each with different reasons) that the win by Anwar testified to the `free and fair’ elections as practiced in Malaysia!