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It would help id SUPP Senator provide details of the swapping of polling centres which he alleged so that we can check it with the SPR. There are 14 such cases found recently in Selangau and have been submitted to SPR Sarawak for action.

Ong BK

Sim urges voters to validate polling status

February 22, 2010, Monday

KUCHING: Kuching voters were yesterday urged to have their polling status validated to avoid inconvenience in the next state election.

Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui who came up with the statement noted that Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), of which he is secretary general, went through awful experience of being directed to a polling centre other than that those they used to cast their votes.

For instance, if voters are supposed to vote for the Pending constituency, some of them were taken aback when being told that they should be casting their votes in Batu Lintang.

“In last elections, it happened that some voters’ polling centre was changed and they had no clue about it until the polling day itself.

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Referring to the latest figures of voters registration from SPR there are about 100 000 new voters registered in the last quarter of 2009. So about 33 000 new voters are registered /month. Since there are 4 300 000 unregistered voters nation wide it will take (4300 000/ 100 000=) /4= 10.7 years+ to register all voters. So work harder -all the parties involved, to enable universal suffrage to be realised in Malaysia! Another look at the figures; 33 000 / 15 states/territories = 2 200 voters /state/month. That does  seems incredibly slow-and can be improved if there is a converted effort to try to register the voters-and removed all the reasons/excuse of inconvenience for voters registration.

Ong BK

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RM25m for resettlement schemes in Rascom

SIBU, Feb 23 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced a special allocation of RM25 million for three projects to improve living condition in four resettlement schemes in the Rajang Security Command (Rascom) area.

The Prime Minister said the allocation included a subsidy of RM8 million to repair 1,422 units of longhouses in the Nanga Janggau, Nanga Ngungun, Nanga Skuau and Nanga Tada resettlement schemes.

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Enteri’s group merges with PRS Share

Joseph Tawie
Monday, 22 February 2010 06:21

KUCHING – The state assemblyman for Marudi and former Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) secretary-general Sylvester Enteri led his group of five other elected representatives to formally announce their merger with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

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More and more Ministers are visiting Sarawak-the `king maker’ of Malaysian politics. Does it means-as many commentators observe, that elections are around the corner?

Ong BK

Najib on another whirlwind tour of Sarawak

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will begin a two-day visit to Sarawak tomorrow, yet another of his frequent trips to the East Malaysian state which, along with Sabah, he has pledged to develop to be on par with the states in the peninsula.

This time, he will be travelling again to the Sarawak interior, calling at several remote longhouses. He has kept to his pledge, made when he took over as the prime minister in April last year. He has followed up with his frequent visits to the two states.

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http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?file=/2010/1/27/columnists/reflectingonthelaw/5550025&sec=reflectingonthelaw
Wednesday January 27, 2010
Reforms to enlarge the electorate
REFLECTING ON THE LAW
By Prof SHAD SALEEM FARUDI

shadsaleem@yahoo.co.uk

More than two-thirds of the population do not take part in the election process. Lowering the voting age will immediately expand the number of voters.

THE Election Commission has reported that 15.47 million of our citizens are above 21 years of age and therefore eligible to vote in federal and state elections. However, only 11.08 million have taken the trouble to register as voters.

This means that 4.39 million eligible electors have opted to forfeit their right to participate in democracy’s showcase event – a general election.

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SPR Chief Admit failure in voter registration

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/bahasa/52593-daftar-pengundi-baru-dingin-spr-kaji-pendaftaran-wajib

Daftar pengundi baru ‘dingin’, SPR kaji pendaftaran wajib
Oleh G. Manimaran

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 9 — Sambil mengakui usaha-usaha diambil untuk menarik pengundi baru masih gagal, Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata pihaknya sedang mengkaji pendaftaran online dan berwajib.

“Saya boleh katakan kita gagal…,” kata beliau ketika ditanya sama ada segala pendekatan tambahan yang diambil sejak satu dekad lalu tidak membuahkan hasil atau gagal mencapai sasaran yang diharapkan suruhanjaya itu.

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