• DAP strongly urges the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s “Gelang Patah” blog post before nominations day in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign

    Joint Media Statement by DAP Legal Bureau Member, Lim Lip Eng; Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist; Tiew Way Keng, DAPSY Vice Chair

    DAP strongly urges the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s “Gelang Patah” blog post before nominations day in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign

    A police report was made earlier this morning, 14th April, 2013, by Lim Lip Eng in his capacity as a member of the DAP Legal Bureau against Tun Dr Mahathir for his blog post entitled “Gelang Patah”.[1] The Police Report was made on the basis that (i) the allegations in this article was baseless and are of a defamatory nature against DAP parliamentary leader, Lim Kit Siang (ii) the article was written with ill intentions for the purpose of inciting the feelings of hatred and ill-will among the different races in Malaysia (iii) the police should investigate the writer of this article, Tun Dr. Mahathir, under Section 499 of the Penal Code, the 1948 Sedition Act and other appropriate laws which may have been broken.

    We urge the police to undertake an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s blog post before nominations day on the 20th of April, 2013, in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign. If the police do not take any action, this will send a message to would be candidates that remarks which are hateful and seditious will be allowed during the 13th GE campaign. By giving tacit approval to this kind of behavior, the police will inevitably have created the conditions for the wanton incitement of fear and hatred to occur during the campaign period.

    We echo the thoughts of Lim Kit Siang, that Dr. Mahathir’s recent antics, highlighted by his “Gelang Patah” blog post, is totally unacceptable and unbecoming for a former Prime Minister and the supposed statesman that he is.

    Furthermore, we call upon Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to immediately and irrevocably condemned the statements made by Dr. Mahathir in his blog post and to distance himself from this kind of fear inciting messages during the general election campaign. If not, Najib would have proven once again that his “1 Malaysia” slogan is nothing but empty words and nothing more than a sound bite without any substance or sincerity.

    Lim Lip Eng
    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Tiew Way Keng

    Copy of Police Report

    Photos outside the Jinjang Police Station


    [1] http://chedet.cc/?p=963#more-963

  • Election Commission Chairman should apologize for failing Malaysians living abroad

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, Democratic Action party in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 5th of April 2013

    Election Commission Chairman should apologize for failing Malaysians living abroad

    The Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof was quoted yesterday as saying that it was “… quite disappointing [that] after all that we did to provide a convenient registration process for the voters overseas…”, only 6,298 out of over 700,000 Malaysians living abroad have registered as postal voters.

    It is Malaysians abroad who should feel disappointed that we have such a dishonest and disingenuous Election Commission who has, time and time again, failed to live up to his duty to ensure that the institution he leads enjoys the public confidence that is required in Article 114(2) of the Federal Constitution.

    Firstly, the announcement for overseas postal voting was only done on January 21st, 2013, after the gazetting of the Quarter 4, 2012 electoral roll. This meant that those Malaysians overseas who had not yet registered as a voter, which is probably the majority of them, were not eligible to apply to be an overseas postal voter after the announcement of the EC guidelines on overseas voting.

    If the EC was really sincere in wanting Malaysians abroad to register in large numbers as overseas postal voters, it should have aggressively reached out to Malaysians overseas to register themselves as regular voters first during the months preceding January 2013. The EC could have done this in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and other government Ministries by encouraging and inviting the many tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Malaysians overseas to register as regular voters at the Malaysian consulates, embassies and high commissions all over the world. As far as I know, the EC did not allocate any budgetary resources, nor did it work with Wisma Putra, to conduct an aggressive voter registration exercise for Malaysians overseas.

    In July, 2012, an informal audit conducted by MyOverseasVote, an advocacy group, found that the Malaysian embassies and consulates spread across a number of countries had inconsistent responses in terms of who could register as regular voters via the embassies and consulates. This shows the serious failure on the part of the EC to communicate and implement a standard registration procedure among the Malaysian embassies and consulates.

    Given this serious failure on the part of the EC to register Malaysians abroad as regular voters, should its Chairman be that surprised that only a small number of Malaysians applied to be overseas postal voters? I believe it is very much the case that a large majority of Malaysians abroad are not yet registered voters which mean that the act of opening up the overseas voting to Malaysians abroad is merely a symbolic and utterly insincere gesture on the part of the EC.

    Secondly, even after announcing the guidelines on how to apply to be an overseas voter, the EC to promote or advertise this option among Malaysia overseas through visits to the various embassies and high commissions and through social media, just to mention the two more prominent channels. Even on the day of the dissolution of parliament, I received many requests and questions via Facebook, twitter and email on how to register as an overseas postal voter, where to get the forms to register and the criteria for eligibility. This clearly shows that the EC failed in its outreach to Malaysian voters which resulted in the low number of registrations.

    Thirdly, EC’s own restrictive criteria of not allowing Malaysians living in Singapore, Southern Thailand, Kalimantan and Brunei immediately disqualified hundreds of thousands of Malaysians from registering as overseas postal voters.

    Fourthly, the EC’s own website (www.spr.gov.my) crashed on Tuesday, the day that parliament was dissolved and also the deadline to apply to be overseas postal voters.  This prevented many voters from downloading the necessary forms and instructions on how to register as an overseas postal voter.

    Instead of expressing his disappointment, the Election Commission Chairman should instead apologize to Malaysians overseas for not doing his duty as Chairman. One can only hope and pray that he does not make the EC lose even more public confidence in these coming weeks as the EC plans and organizers the historic 13th general election.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

  • Close to 7,000 Problematic and “Red” and “Green” Sabah ICs in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, DAP in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 23rd of March, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

    Close to 7,000 Problematic and “Red” and “Green” Sabah ICs in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak

    Earlier this week, I revealed that there were more than 60,000 potentially dubious voters in Sabah – what I call P1 to P3 voters – in the electoral roll based on dubious old IC numbers highlighted in the Sabah RCI. I also revealed the presence of 7,475 voters in Sabah with “Red” and “Green” old IC numbers meaning that they were (or perhaps still are) non-Malaysians who were permanent and temporary residents respectively.

    Today, I want to reveal that this problem also affects Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. A search of the Quarter 1 2012 Electoral Roll in Peninsular Malaysia showed that there were 6840 voters with P1 to P3 Old IC numbers and “Red” and “Green” Old IC numbers.  The state of Selangor tops the list with 2,412 such voters (35.4%) followed by Johor with 1190 such voters (17.4%) and KL with 952 (13.9%) (Table 1)

    Table 1: P1 to P3, “Red” and “Green” Old ICs in Peninsular Malaysia states (Q1 2012 electoral roll)


    (Note: The 11 P3 voters have since been deleted)

    The evidence thus far reveals that that a total of 74,988 potentially dubious voters – P1 to P3 and “Red” and “Green” old ICs – in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. (60,673 P1 to P3 voters in Sabah, 7,475 “Red” and “Green” voters in Sabah, 6,840 P1 to P3 and “Red” and “Green” voters in the rest of Malaysia)

    I repeat the call for the National Registration Department and the Election Commission to conduct a joint investigation to determine if these 74,988 voters are genuine voters who have been given their ICs and / or citizenship by following the proper procedures.

    I stand ready to present all of my evidence to the Sabah RCI if I am asked to testify.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

    Election Strategist, DAP

  • The Election Commission and the National Registration Department should conduct an immediate investigation into the 7,475 voters in Sabah with “Red” and “Green” old IC numbers to verify if they have been naturalized as citizens and hence voters via the proper procedures and channels

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, DAP in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 22nd of March, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

    The Election Commission and the National Registration Department should conduct an immediate investigation into the 7475 voters in Sabah with “Red” and “Green” old IC numbers to verify if they have been naturalized as citizens and hence voters via the proper procedures and channels

    Earlier this week, on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, I, together with my colleagues from DAP Sabah, revealed that there were more than 60,000 voters with old ICs that were considered “problematic” by Ruslan bin Alias, an assistant head in the IC division of Sabah / Sarawak in the National Registration Department, during his testimony in the Sabah RCI.

    In his testimony, Ruslan also provided a list of old IC numbers which were allocated to non-Malaysian permanent residents – termed “Red” ICs or IC “Merah” – and to non-Malaysian temporary residents – termed “Green” ICs or IC “Hijau”. The “Red” ICs were allocated old IC numbers ranging from H6000000 to H6040000 while the “Green” ICs were allocated old IC numbers ranging from H8000000 to H8040000 (Appendix 1 below).

    When we investigated the latest Quarter 4 2012 electoral roll, which will be the roll that will most likely be used for the upcoming general election, we found that there were 7029 voters with old IC numbers belonging to the “Red” IC range and 446 voters with old IC numbers belonging to the “Green” IC range. This means that there could be potentially 7475 who are non-Malaysian residents who are not eligible to register to vote but who have been put on the electoral roll.

    Not surprisingly, the seats with the highest number and % of these “Red” and “Green” voters are also the seats with the highest number and % of problematic old ICs. In fact, the top three seats for “Red” and “Green” voters and for the “problematic” ICs are the same – namely P188 Silam, P190 Tawau and P191 Kalabakan. These three seats hold more than half (52.6%) of voters with “Red” and “Green” old IC numbers – Kalabakan has 1704 or 22.8%, Tawau has 1326 or 17.7% and Silam has 903 of 12.1% (Appendix 2). They include 20 voters – 19 of whom are “Red” and 1 who is “Green” – who are located in the Kg Tanjung Labian locality, which has been one of the flashpoints in the ongoing Sabah terrorist invasion (Appendix 3).

    While some of these “Red” and “Green” voters may have since obtained citizenship and thus have become eligible to register as voters, the fact that they are located in the very seats with a large number of “problematic” ICs warrants that these cases be investigated more thoroughly.

    As such, we call upon the National Registration Department (NRD) and the Election Commission (EC) to conduct an immediate joint investigation into these 7475 “Red” and “Green” voters to verify that these registered voters who were once (or perhaps still are?) non-Malaysian permanent and temporary residents have been granted citizenship through the proper procedures and are thus eligible to remain on the electoral roll. If any or all of these IC holders are found not to be Malaysian citizens or were awarded their ‘citizenship’ under dubious circumstances, we call on the Election Commission (EC) to immediately remove them from the electoral roll. The presence of these potentially dubious voters casts a further cloud on the electoral roll in Sabah and hence on the freeness and fairness of the electoral process in Sabah.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist

    Appendix 1: Range of old ICs according to status of residency and citizenship

    Appendix 2: Distribution of “Red” and “Green” voters across the parliament seats in Sabah

    Appendix 3: List of 20 “Red” (19) and “Green” (1) Voters in Kg Tanjung Labian in the Silam parliament seat

  • Prime Minister Najib should issue an immediate correction to his ‘boast’ that Malaysia’s GNI per capita has increased by 49% from 2009 and 2012 and explain the failure of the ETP to achieve its 6% growth target for 2011 and 2012

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist, on Thursday, 21st of March, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

    Prime Minister Najib should issue an immediate correction to his ‘boast’ that Malaysia’s GNI per capita has increased by 49% from 2009 and 2012 and explain the failure of the ETP to achieve its 6% growth target for 2011 and 2012

    After ‘boasting’, not once, but twice, on national television that Malaysia’s GNI per capita has grown by 49% from US$6700 in 2009 to US$9970 in 2012, the CEO of PEMANDU and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Idris Jala has revised this growth figure down to 41%.[1] This was after DAP parliamentary leader, Lim Kit Siang, as well as Executive Director of Research for Social Advancement (REFSA), Teh Chi Chang, and myself criticize the Prime Minister and PEMANDU for misleading the public for using wrong numbers to calculate the growth in our country’s GNI per capita.

    It was reported in Kinibiz that “Pemandu said the change in figures was due to the adoption of the latest version of the United Nations Systems of National Accounting (SNA 2008) in 2012 which had pushed the GNI per capita up for 2009 from US$6700 to US$7059.”

    One wonders why, with all the resources which PEMANDU has, that it did not correct this figure earlier especially when the aforementioned United Nations figure was available in December 2012! Was PEMANDU merely incompetent in providing wrong figures to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Najib Tun Razak, or was he hoping that the Malaysian public would not notice this intentional manipulation of figures in order to inflate the results of the Economic Transformation Program (ETP)?

    The fact is that using GNI per capita figures in US$ clearly exaggerates the growth in our economy in a way that masks the actual failure of the ETP to deliver on its targets. If the Prime Minister had used GNI per capita in RM instead, which is the figure published by most, if not all, of the relevant departments and agencies – the Department of Statistics, the Ministry of Finance, Bank Negara Malaysia – our GNI per capita growth rate would have come in at a much more pedestrian 24%, from RM24,879 in 2009 to RM30,809 in 2012. In fact, this growth rate works out to an annual rate of 7.4% (compounded) from 2009 to

    2012, which is lower than the 8.2% GNI per cap growth rate from 2001 to 2010, when there was no Economic Transformation Program (ETP) or PEMANDU.

    The exaggeration of the GNI per capita figure also hides the reality that the ETP failed to deliver on its promise of a 6% annual real growth rate since real GNI grew only by 4.3% in 2012 and by 4.9% in 2011.

    Given this new revelation made by Minister Idris Jala, Prime Minister Najib should immediately make a correction to his announcement that Malaysia’s GNI per cap has increased by 49% from 2009 to 2012. He should also clarify that Malaysia’s GNI per cap in RM has only increased by 24% from 2009 and 2012 and explain to the Malaysian public why the ETP failed to deliver on its 6% growth target for 2011 and 2012.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist

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