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YB Mohd Hamdan of Permatang Pasir, 1 of the 3 state assemblyman in Permatang Pauh has passed away. This will trigger the 4th election since, and inclusive of the last General election on Mar 8th 2008. The voters will be asked to cast their vote again in this strong hold of Pakatan where the sitting Assemblyman has been there for at least 2 terms.

YB Hamdan of PAS

YB Mohd Hamdan of PAS


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BN managed to change 1000 voters who supported PAS before to cast their votes to BN-only 33 votes short of scoring an upset win. Was there a case for `moral victory’ by BN? When the next general election come along could the BN still pour a fraction of the resources they devote to Manek Urai now, to bring the votes to the current level? From this point of view the lose by BN is the best they could do. There is no `moral victory’. In the last by-election in Pengkalan Pasir BN managed to turn a few hundreds votes with millions (as admitted by BN to show it kept its promises) raining down the voters from the Federal Government. But came the next general elections the voters who received the millions happily returned the seat to PAS!

So what is the `moral’ of that `victory’?
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It has been reported that the police-despite their huge presence, was not doing their job at Manek Urai by-election-leading to some of the flare up among the parties’ supporters. Is there something more to this lapse in command chain? According to the grape vines the EC Chiarman was from the same Home Ministry which oversees the police. Some power struggle when Syed Hamid was Home Minister saw both the Chairman and Syed Hamid being sent packing after a change of PM. That may explain the lapse of command between the EC and the PDRM. May that explain why the winner in that bureaucratic power grab was rewarded with a budget 10 times more than the EC for conducting each election?
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SPR has finally announced the official result as above which was reported earlier by MAFREL Kelantan. we will keep you updated on more details as they come in. This votes count is 1 vote more than reported by Malaysiakini. No official live reports in various mainstream/BN controlled media so far.

Details from Malaysiakini:
Voting rate: 87.3% (previously 84%)
Votes cast: 10 736
PAS : 5348* votes (won 4 of 9 polling centres, and lead in 14 of 28 polling streams) * updated by 1 extra vote. Previous votes: 5746 -lost about 400 votes
BN : 5283 votes -from 4394 previously, gain about 1000 votes!
majority: 65 votes

Ong BK

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The news report about BN asking EC to tighten rules on election sounds strange: the BN itself was involved in breaking the rules set by the EC eg campaigning on polling day. Why not the BN boss ask its own supporters to folow the EC’s rules for a start if the BN really want the EC to do its job properly? If the BN is unwilling to offer to follow the rules then it is hypocritical for BN to ask the EC to do a job which BN is not willing to be helpful in!

Ong BK
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Manek Urai: campaign ban on polling day by EC/SPR totally ignored!

Manek Urai: campaign ban on polling day by EC/SPR totally ignored!

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DPM Muhyiddin’s promises to build a bridge for Manek Urai had attracted criticisms of bribing voters from the Pakatan Rakyat. The criticism is understandable -since Pakatan parties are not in similar position to tap into Federal Fund to carry out public work projects. In this sense the promise is not fair to all parties. This however is a different point from the Pakatan’s criticism ie that the promise is a form of bribery for the voters. The difference is interesting enough for stretching out the different implications!
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