A typical opinion against holding by-election is that: it is wasting public fund! Is this a freudian slip or what-that some ruling party politicians admit unwittingly that holding a by-election is a `waste’ of `public fund’! What public fund would be wasted? Some items of election related expenditures are listed here-see if they are a `waste’:
* accept nomination -just involve a half-day job and a few Returning officers and assistants; this is money well spent;
* huge police presence during nomination, campaign and polling days-which can be reduced drastically if the candidates are given longer and different time to send in their nomination papers; campaigning ban on polling day enforced on all parties; Holding of live telecast debates among candidates will cut ceramahs(open air forums) which require police presence; Unjustifiable huge police presence is certainly a waste!
*organise polling day -involves returning officers, assistants, presiding officers and election officers in each voting centre and voting stations-could run into a few hundreds in all; This is money well spent to deliver a good People’s Rep!
* JASA (Special Action Task Force under PM Dept)setting up operation centre at election area-but what do they do? If there are no accountable project wastes is suspected;
*KEMAS-giving out welfare aid to rural folks-why are they particularly active only at election time? Such `instant noodles’ projects are not to be encouraged!
*Information Ministry-organising concerts to distract voters from the political ceramahs; Since few voters bother to turn up-why bother?
*Various ministries: giving out hand-outs, in cash and kinds, to voters. But we can hold an election without them-so why bother?
* JKR-instant tarring of roads-could cost a few millions! Putting up some new lamp posts could disturb the local couples-watch out the votes of these romantic voters!
*Local universities-will send their students and squads to `catch’ students campaigning for the Opposition! If the students campaign for the BN then it is OK! Since this is not the `core’ activities of the Universities they might as well stop it to save some precious public fund for their teaching/researching activities!
So there do seems to suggest a huge wastage since the bulk of the expenses are not necessary for holding an election at all! Thanks the YBs for enlightening the voters about this. Cut out the unnecessary `fats’ or `add-ons’ before the people throw such wasteful elections organisers out! Remember-the people are your boss at the end of the day!
PKR wants to find deputy chief minister in Penanti
KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 —Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin said the Penanti state by-election in Penang is just an avenue for the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to find a candidate for the post of Penang Deputy Chief Minister I.
Awang Adek, who is Second Finance Minister, said PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been saying that he would announce the candidate for the post but he had not done so.
“An unnecessary by-election is a waste of public funds as each time a by-election is held, a huge amount of money has to be spent,” he told Bernama when asked to comment on the resignation of Penanti assemblyman Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin today.
He said that the move by PKR would not only burden the people but also disrupt the service to the people.
“When there is a by-election, it will become the focus of attention and this will divert our attention from serving the people because we will then be preoccupied with the by-election,” he said.
Another Umno Supreme Council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said PKR was a party that practised double standards.
He said that in the case of the PKR Selangor assemblyman for Bukit Lanjan Elizabeth Wong, PKR persuaded her to stay on but the same cannot be said of the way the party treated Mohammad Fairus.
Umno Youth vice-chief Datuk Razali Ibrahim felt that the PKR was just using the upcoming by-election to reassure itself about whether the party still had the support in the area. – Bernama