How to recall an elected rep if voters disagree with the rep’s action eg defecting out of the original party/hopping to another party? This is an attempt towards a workable plan of action for Perak-which should also apply in all other similar situations in Malaysia, for all parties:
Winning votes for the 3 affected State Assembly seats:
Changkat Jerling: 9411 (voting rate: 72.85%, out of 24864 voters)
Behrang: 6771 (Voting rate: 70.43%, out of 18552 voters)
Jelapang: 12219 (voting rate 74.20%, out of 26157 voters)
From the figures it can be said reasonably that if the same number of voters who brought victory to the elected candidates signed a petition to say that they now want a recall of the elected rep then there is a strong moral case against the rep continuing to misrepresent the voters in the areas!
Look at the figures: from 6711 to 12219. These are achievable figures -if we go by the huge turn out at the ceramahs! If there are 8000 attendants at last night’s ceramah in front of MB Nizar’s official residence(according to http://www.malaysiakini.com ) then each attendant just need to go to eg Jelapang, to get 2 signatures from the Jelapang voters(need to verify with the official voters’ roll). What is so difficult about that?
So if the Perak voters are really into making their voice heard they can take a rational, col-headed action to expose the lack of mandate of the defected reps-perhaps in a matter of 1 week! That is if they want to do it.
Would this compell the relevant authority to call for a by-election? In Malaysia there is no recall provision in our election laws. But we still go by the voting system where the majority winner is made the rep, under a first past the post system. That means a candidate only need to win over the next rival to become a winner/rep. So if this number is replicated in another vote against the original rep-morally the rep has lost his/her mandate!
Some people may well say this has happened. But the fact need to be proven through actual recording of a petition, with voters’ name, Mycard no. and signature.
If the SPR and the Sultan refuse to allow a by-election then they would have expose themselves as undemocratic. That is a high price to pay to stick to the rep who have demonstrably lost the people’s mandate.
So why not give it a try rather than just go to listen to ceramahs only and don’t achieve anything?
The above suggestion can also be used by the other side ie BN candidates if they think that their rep eg Nasaruddin of Bota, had defected against their wishes. This is suggested as a way towards a recall rpovision in Malaysian election law.
Your comments are welcome!