Detailed numbers can numb our perception – especially with 3 sets of by-election data! In the 15 articles below, I tried to focus on narrow angles and find the meaning and a story underlying the data.
You can find tables, data, and maps. You can see the total number of voters, postal voters, list of voting stations, voting districts, number of voters in each voting stream, etc.
For example, four clusters stood out. Two in Bukit Selambau and two in Bukit Gantang. These 4 clusters of voters are registered with house numbers, but without specific street names. So they look like 6 to 7 dozens of people living in big “virtual houses.” But they should have street/jalan/lorong names, judging from the modern housing estate, google map, google search, and a few of their neighbours registered WITH street names.
Such lack of specificity in SPR’s registration (many without house numbers, and many without street names) open the door for potential election fraud and phantom voters.
SPR and NRIC Department need to reform! That’s only one of the many things the data tell us.
Batang Air – 96% voters without house number, 350-in-one address
Over 96% of voters in Batang Air do not have house numbers. As a result, up to 350 voters are lumped under one general locality that will be very difficult to verify. Either SPR is negligent, NRIC is negligent, or the Malaysian government development has failed to help Batang Air voters get basic and specific mailing addresses after 46 years. None of these reasons look good. Either, SPR, NRIC, or the government has to change.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/batang-air-96-voters-without-house.html
Batang Air – 20 Centenerians Among Young Electorates
Batang Air’s voters mostly fall under the 40-49 year age group, followed by 30-39 year-olds. The 21-29 year group is small but has risen by a large 24% since GE12. Batang Air has 20 voters 100 year or older, and 44 voters in the 90-99 age group.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/batang-air-20-centenerians-among-young.html
N29 Batang Air – 24 Voting Districts, 25 Small Voting Streams
Batang Air is one of the smallest state assembly seats in Malaysia, with 24 voting districts, and 25 small voting streams, that will support 75 to 673 voters each. The largest voting district contains 2 streams, totaling 716 voters.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/n29-batang-air-24-voting-districts-25.html
No Street Names Despite Modern Housing in Bukit Selambau
Another problem with SPR data is the many voters registered without street names in modern housing areas, despite having a house number. More than 2/3 of voters in Taman Bandar Baru (the “new town garden”), eg, are registered with house number, but without street address.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/no-street-names-despite-modern-estate.html
Vague addresses – 20% without house numbers in Bukit Selambau
20% voters in Bukit Selambau are registered WITHOUT house numbers. The largest such address with blank house numbers has 339 voters. One DM has 90% voters WITHOUT house number.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/vague-addresses-20-without-house.html
Bukit Selambau – 15 centenerians among awakened young voters
N25 Bukit Selambau of P059 Merbok has 15 voters of age 100 or more, and 63 voters of age 90-99. More than 1/4 of voters are of age 40-49. The most noticeable slice is the large 16% of voters in the 21-29 age range, compared to 8% in Batang Air and 13% in Bukit Gantang.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/bukit-selambau-15-centenerians-among.html
P014 N25 Bukit Selambau – Large DUN with 22 Voting Stations and 64 Streams
Although only a state seat, Bukit Selambau has 35,140 voters, and is larger than 60 parliamentary seats. Voters will vote at 22 voting stations (TMs) and 64 voting streams (saluran). The largest 2 voting stations will be crowded with 5,122 and 4,179 voters respectively.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/p014-n25-bukit-selambau-large-dun-with.html
Bukit Gantang – 70 Houses with 15 or More Voters
70 “big houses” in Bukit Gantang have 15 or more voters, registered with specific house numbers. Two clusters stand out. There are 31 such houses in Changkat Jering/Larut Tin/Taman Sungai Mas. Another 20 such houses are located in Kuala Sapetang/Kamunting Station/Taman Mewah. We make some suggestions about how observers can document possible SPR negligence with camera phones.
Read more at http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/bukit-gantang-70-houses-with-15-or-more.html
Bukit Gantang – 26% Without House Number
26% of voters in P059 Bukit Gantang are registered without specific house number. The Trong DUN has 50% voters without house number, and its Batu Hampar DM up to 90%. The three largest addresses without house number have 449, 424, and 407 registered voters.
Read more at http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/bukit-gantang-26-without-house-number.html
Bukit Gantang – A Dozen Centenerians
About 1/4 of voters in P059 Bukit Gantang are aged 40-49. Bukit Gantang still contains 12 voters over 100 years old, after the SPR aggressively deleted 31 in the past year.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/bukit-gantang-dozen-centenerians.html
P059 Bukit Gantang – Voting Stations, Streams and Postal Voters
Where do voters vote in Bukit Gantang? How many voting stations are there and how many voters and voting streams in each?
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/p059-bukit-gantang-voting-streams-and.html
Understanding P203 N29 – Batang Air State Seat of Lubok Antu, Sarawak
Where is the P203 N29 state seat Batang Air on the map? How big is it? How many voters are there? How have they voted previously? Isn’t Malaysia’s largest hydroelectric dam called Batang Ai Dam?
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/understanding-p203-n29-batang-air-state.html
Understanding P014N25 – Bukit Selambau State Seat, Kedah
Where is the P014 N25 state seat Bukit Selambau? What do the maps look like? How many postal and non-postal voters are there now? How have voters there voted?
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/understanding-p014n25-bukit-selambau.html
Understanding P059 – Bukit Gantang Parliamentary Seat, Perak
Where is P059 Bukit Gantang? What do the maps look like? How many postal and non-postal voters are there now? How have voters there voted?
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/understanding-p059-bukit-gantang.html
3-in-1 By-Elections on April 7
The SPR decided to hold 3 by-elections simultaneously for Bukit Selambau (Kedah), Bukit Gantang (Perak), and Batang Ai (Sarawak) on April 7. To hold 3 by-elections in the middle of the week, that will stretch the resources for every media outlet, NGO, opposition party, and volunteers – except for the governing BN coaltion that has strangely never been punished by the SPR for blatant abuses of government resources during by-elections.
Read more at: http://malvu.blogspot.com/2009/03/3-in-1-by-elections-on-april-7.html