• Election Commission (EC) should not allow groundless and baseless objections to take place in Selangor

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 18th of April, 2017

    Election Commission (EC) should not allow groundless and baseless objections to take place in Selangor

    Yesterday morning, myself and my colleague, ADUN for Kuala Kubu Baru, Lee Kee Hiong, visited the Election Commission Selangor branch office in Shah Alam to observe the voters who had been objected to (Orang Kena Bantah or OKBs). According to our estimates, approximately 400 voters from 4 parliamentary constituencies – about 100 from each constituency – were objected to. Specifically, voters from the state seats of N7 Batang Kali in the P94 Hulu Selangor parliament seat, N8 Sungai Burong and N9 Permatang in the P95 Tanjong Kajang parliament seat, N23 Dusun Tua and N24 Semenyih in the P101 Hulu Langat parliament seat, N29 Seri Serdang in the P103 Puchong parliament seat.

    From our visit and our interviews with the OKBs, the following was made clear:

    (i) The grounds on which the OKBs were objected to were groundless and baseless. For example, voters in the P103 Puchong parliament seat were objected to based on the reason of ‘pemilih diragui’ or ‘doubtful voter’ even though there was no further proof given as to why this voter was consider as ‘doubtful’ (See Appendix 1). For voters in the P101 Hulu Langat parliament seat, the copy and paste reason given was ‘pengundi tidak dapat dikesan di alamat tersebut’ or the voter could not be identified at the registered address (See Appendix 2 below).

    (ii) The only commonality shared by all the voters being objected to was that they were Chinese voters. Of the list of voters being objected to which I took pictures of Appendix 2 to Appendix 5), all of the names were Chinese names.

    (iii) A number of those who made the objections did not show up on this day.

    (iv) For the cases where the objectors showed up, no proof was given as to why they objected to the newly registered voters. Almost all of the OKBs who showed up spent only a few minutes in the hearing room and had their objection rejected (See Appendix 6).

    Under the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, Section 15 (5) states that “Upon receipt of an objection under this regulation, the Registrar may, if he is of the opinion that the particulars given in the objection are insufficient, request for further information from the objector who shall furnish the information within seven days from the date he receives such request” and Section 15 (6) states that “Where the objector fails to furnish the information in the manner provided for in subregulation (5), the objection shall be deemed to have been withdrawn and the Registrar shall take no further action”.

    It is clear from the EC’s own regulations that they, acting in the capacity of the Registrar, can reject these baseless objections on the grounds of insufficient evidence and information. To allow such groundless objections to be filed is to (i) make a mockery of the objection process (ii) waste the valuable time of the voters who turn up at the public hearings and (iii) deny the right of registration to those voters who did not turn up to the public hearing for various reasons e.g. could not take leave from work, no transportation to Shah Alam, attending college or university. We call upon the EC to reject the objections which fail to provide sufficient evidence and information so that the right of legitimate voters to be registered is protected and upheld.

    (Selected pictures in Appendix 7 below)

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Example of a baseless objection in Puchong

    Appendix 2: List of voters objected to in P101 Hulu Langat

    Appendix 3: Voters Objected to in P94 Hulu Selangor

    Appendix 4: Voters Objected to in P95 Tanjong Karang

    Appendix 5: Voters Objected to in P103 Puchong

    Appendix 6: Sample Form of ‘Bantahan di tolak’ or Objection is rejected

    Appendix 7: Pictures of Ong Kian Ming and Lee Kee Hiong at the EC office in Shah Alam

  • 为何选委会允许巫统对雪兰莪州选区的年轻选民作出虚假的举报

    2017年4月8日沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体声明

    为何选委会允许巫统对雪兰莪州选区的年轻选民作出虚假的举报

    在2016年第1至第3季度,共有4694名的举报中,共有4427名或94%选民来自雪兰莪州。这显示此次的举报动作都是集中在雪兰莪州的选区。

    根据2016年第1至第3季度之间被举报的数据中,显示2个明显的趋势。首先,共有来自36个雪州议席的选民被举报,其中30席或86%是属于巫统在2013年全国大选攻打的议席。第二,在被举报的4427名雪州选民中,多达92.8%是华裔,其次为5.8%是印裔,马来选民只有1.2%。(请参阅图表1)

    另外,2016年第4季度的最新数据显示,短短3个月就有2550名来自雪州的新选民被举报。在这24个议席,其中20个或83%在2013年大选属于巫统议席。在这2550名选民当中,其中79%为华裔,马来选民占14.2%,印裔6.3%。(请参阅图表2)

    我们并非反对举报选民的权利,但这些举报必须要拥有确实根据的理由。例如,我们来自柔佛州的同事是由于深入调查而发现大量选民都在同一商店地址或不是自己居住的地址下登记。在雪兰莪州,我们看到很多举报的原因是,“这名选民地址错了”或“身为当地居民的我不认识这名选民”等。可实际上,这些举报者根本没有前往过这些地址来与该选民见面!

    我们也找到明确的证据显示这些举报者都是巫统党员。 事实上,选委会理应鼓励更多年轻人登记为选民,我们不能接受选委会竟然允许巫统党员根据种族区分来举报可疑选民,企图使许多选民在大选时失去宪法所赋予的投票权。因此,选委会应采取动作来马上制止雪兰莪州再次发生类似毫无根据的举报。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

  • Why is the Election Commission (EC) allowing UMNO to make spurious objections to young people being registered as voters, especially in Selangor?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 8th of April, 2017

    Why is the Election Commission (EC) allowing UMNO to make spurious objections to young people being registered as voters, especially in Selangor?

    From Quarter 1 to Quarter 3 2016, a total of 4694 objections were received by the Election Commission. Out of this total, 4427 or 94% were objections that were filed in Selangor. This clearly shows that the focus of the objection exercise is in Selangor.

    Our analysis of the objections from Q1 to Q3 2016 in Selangor shows two distinct trends. Firstly, out of the 36 seats which have objections, 30 or 86% were in seats which were contested by UMNO in the 2013 general elections. Secondly, of the 4427 objections in Selangor, 92.8% were Chinese voters, 5.8% were Indian voters and 1.2% were Malay voters. (See Table 1 below)

    This trend continued in Q4 2016. A total of 2550 objections were lodged in Selangor in 24 state seats. Out of the 24 state seats, 20 or 83% were seats contested by UMNO in GE2013. Out of the 2550 voters being objected to, 79.1% were Chinese voters, 6.3% were Indian voters and 14.2% were Malay voters (See Table 2 below).

    We are not against the right to file objections against voters but these objections have to be filed based on solid grounds. For example, our colleagues in Johor have filed objections based on investigations that voters were being registered en masse in shop houses and in addresses which they do not live in. In the case of Selangor, we have received many complaints about objections that were made on spurious grounds such as ‘the address of the voter cannot be found’ or ‘the voter is not known by the local residents’ when in fact, the objector has never visited the voter at his or her registered address!

    We have received anecdotal evidence that the objections in Selangor are being filed by UMNO members and UMNO linked entities. At a time when the Election Commission is supposed to be encouraging more young Malaysians to register to vote, it is unacceptable that it is allowing UMNO to carry out race based voter objections in Selangor which will end up depriving thousands of young Malaysians from exercising their constitutional right to vote in the next general election. The Election Commission should act immediately to stop these baseless objections which are happening in Selangor.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

  • 在决定支持政治献金和开销法令前,政府必须公开这项法令的所有细节

    (2017年3月30日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体声明

    在决定支持政治献金和开销法令前,政府必须公开这项法令的所有细节

    在2017年3月29日,我和其他同事,包括陆兆福(芙蓉区国会议员),郭素沁(士布爹区国会议员),张建仁(古晋区国会议员),陈国彬(实旦宾区国会议员),林财耀(诗巫区国会议员),黄伟益(丹绒区国会议员)和黄泉安(日落洞区国会议员)前往拜访了首相署部长刘胜权,以一起商讨政治献金和开销法案的事项。

    政治献金国家咨询委员会[1]于2016年9月30日在其网站上已公布了其建议。[2]

    我们也表达自己的失望,特别是这个委员会只选择性地探讨政治献金和开销,而非改革更重要的课题,即是选举委员会及总检察司的独立性。

    我们还在会议上针对该建议所存在的缺点提出了一些看法,其中包括建议提高政治开销的限制和不对各政党和个人的政治捐款设立顶限。此举将进一步地加剧对国阵有利的不公平竞争环境。

    同时,我们也渴望看到政府能实施以下的建议:

    (i) 成立政治献金和开销管理中心和确保它透明和公平的遴选过程。

    (ii) 取代国会,成立政治献金国会特选委员会来监督管理中心的职责

    (iii) 提供联邦拨款给所有国州议员的选区办公室,以确保有效的运作

    (iv) 获得政府合约或政府相关公司不可提供政治捐献

    (v) 让成为受害者的捐献者能采取必要的法律步骤和成立明确的机制来让觉得受到不 平等待遇的捐献者能寻求公道

    我们也告知部长,政府所提供给所有国会议员的联邦拨款应包含目前在野党议员被拒的选区发展基金。

    基于目前正处于技术委员会的处理过程,我们也得知许多有关建议的详情还未获得确认。

    我们也非常感谢部长承诺会继续更新通知大家有关法令建议的发展,并确保不会有任何“意外发展”。

    目前,在决定是否要支持该法令前,我们正等待有关建议的所有细节

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    Photo: DAP MPs meeting with Paul Low

    [1] http://transparency.org.my/what-we-do/reforming-political-financing/full-report-from-the-national-consultative-committee-on-political-financing/

    [2] http://politicalfinancing.my/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Media-STATEMENT-JKNMPP-English-final-290916.pdf

  • Full details of the Political Donations and Expenditure Act must be known before a decision to support or not can be made

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang, on the 30th of March 2017

    Full details of the Political Donations and Expenditure Act must be known before a decision to support or not can be made

    Yesterday, on the 29th of March, 2017, myself together with my colleagues, Anthony Loke (Seremban), Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Chong Chien Jen (Bandar Kuching), Julian Tan (Stampin), Oscar Ling (Sibu), Jeff Ooi (Jelutong) and Ng Wei Aik (Tanjong) met with Senator Datuk Paul Low, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department to discuss the details of the Political Donations and Expenditure Act.

    The recommendations[1] of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing were published on its website on the 30th of September 2016.[2]

    We expressed our disappointment that this committee chose to only focus on political donations and expenditure without addressing larger issues of reform which are linked to political donations and expenditure including the independence of the Election Commission as well as the office of the Attorney General (AG).

    We also highlighted some of the shortcomings of the recommendations including the proposal to lift all spending limits and not to have a cap on political donations to political parties and individuals. This will skew an already uneven playing field in favour of the Barisan Nasional (BN).

    At the same time, we welcome the following recommendations:

    • The creation of an office of the Controller of Political Donations and Expenditure and the assurance of a transparent and fair process to appoint the Controller
    • The creation of a parliamentary standing committee on political financing to scrutinise the work of the Controller on behalf of Parliament
    • That state funding be provided to support the effective operations of the constituency offices of the elected Members of Parliament and elected State Legislative Assembly members
    • The ban on state owned companies and companies receiving government contracts and concessions from making any political contributions
    • Steps to be taken to criminalise discrimination or victimisation of donors and the creation of a mechanism to enable donors who feel they have been unfairly treated to seek justice

    We informed the Minister that state funding for MPs should include access to constituency development funds which are currently being denied to opposition MPs.

    We also took note that many of the finer details to do with the implementation of the proposed act have not yet been confirmed and is in the process of being ironed out by the technical committee.

    We appreciate the assurance by the Minister that he will keep us informed of any future developments with regards to this proposed bill and that he ‘will not spring any surprises’ on us.

    We will await the full details of the proposed bill before we decide on whether to support the bill or not.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Photo: DAP MPs meeting with Paul Low

    [1] http://transparency.org.my/what-we-do/reforming-political-financing/full-report-from-the-national-consultative-committee-on-political-financing/

    [2] http://politicalfinancing.my/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Media-STATEMENT-JKNMPP-English-final-290916.pdf

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