Some figures above make interesting reading-apparently the administering of elections are not so expensive afterall! The police ask for their pound of flesh at each election to keep their `piece’. Do we really need so much of them?
In the past few days, the mainstream media have reported(see above picture from the Star) that the five by-elections held since the March 8 general elections had cost Malaysian taxpayers RM33.4 million.
From the above costs comparison it work out that it cost the voters 611% more to keep the police around than run the election at Permatang Pauh;1183% more at Kuala Terengganu election; 1167% more at Bkt gantang election; 1250% more at Bkt Selambau and Batang Ai! There are many ways to read this amazing figures:
* We can run many more elections if we just keep the police presence to the same level as 100% of the administration costs;
* The police is asking for a ransom for providing `security’ to voters-a cost so high that even robbers in those areas would envy!
* There is a veritable inflation of police’s asking price-thus if their service is not given a realistic market pricing or a proper auditing we will be short of cash to keep our `security forces’!
* Since there are more than 10 times more cost to hire a police security than an election officers it is high time to start the APCMC’s investigation if there are such values to money to hire such police services! Had there been any fleecing of the high policing costs to the campaigning costs?
* `Millions’ are admittedly spent by political parties on each elections-is there something wrong here? The legal limit for candidates’ spending is only Rm100k-200K(for State assembly and Parliament seat respectively) -how come a mainstream paper can openly flaunt the `million’ ringgit spending of political parties on the candidates? How can candidates’ spending be excluding what the parties spend on them? Some precise regulations must be made to enable the spending limits to be enforced!
A last word: by-elections are a chance to be showered by development goodies-so why has the media been complaining of `by-election fatigue’? Are they speaking fo the voters involved or are they speaking for someone else? Specifically: Are they echoing some parties’ losing streaks-which explain their `fatigue’ in trying to write some up-beat reports?
For election observers of course the more by-election the merrier!!!