Free Malaysia Today – Boycotting polls not the answer, says Fuziah Salleh

Queville To | November 7, 2011

Sabahans were told that the ruling government cannot dismiss ‘people power’.

PENAMPANG: Boycotting the general election as a means of expressing their dissatisfaction against the Barisan Nasional government is not the answer, said Kuantan parliamentarian Fuziah Salleh.

“A boycott is out of the question?We believe in the power of the people, the voice of the rakyat.

“So we would like to say to the government of day to think about the rakyat and do not underestimate or belittle the rakyat as they know better.

“They want to see a fair election,” said Fuziah, who was here recently.

She did not rule out the possibility of Bersih 3.0 (rally) taking place, if “the government and the Election Commission (EC) failed to meet the peoples” demand for genuine electoral reform, before the 13th General Election.

She was responding to speculations that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would likely dissolve parliament on Nov 11 and call for the 13th general election in December before electoral reforms are implemented.

She said among the far-reaching reforms that were proposed was the ?the use of indelible ink to prevent the casting of votes by phantom voters.

“By the time (if EC fails to carry out electoral reform) things will no longer be in our hands but in the peoples? hands.

“The rakyat have shown what they are capable of (Bersih 1.0 and 2.0) so we don’t know what will happen.

“They want to see a fair election. It is not just Pakatan (Rakyat) but the people asking for it,” said Fuziah who is also a PKR vice-president recently.

Rakyat Reform Agenda

PKR is not the first group to warn of further demonstrations to press for electoral reform in the country.

Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president, Haris Ibrahim, during a road show to introduce the group’s “Rakyat Reform Agenda” (RARA) here in late September also warned of an imminent Bersih 3.0 if the government falters on the issue.

Fuziah noted that a Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on Electoral Reform is being pushed to propose the use of the indelible ink to EC.

If adopted it will prevent voters voting multiple times as has happened in past elections.

However the use of indelible ink by itself will not be able to prevent phantom voters from voting as their names are allegedly already on the electoral rolls.

Only a thorough scrutiny and clean up the electoral roll can ensure a clean election, said Fuziah who also urged Sabah PKR to strive to beef up their election machinery in order to be able to thwart any fraud in the coming general election.

PKR is looking at putting up a strong challenge in Libaran, Batu Sapi, Penampang, Tawau, Sulabayan, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Pensiangan, Keningau, Kepayan, Kuamut, Ranau, Beaufort and Tuaran.


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