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An Evening with Lim Guan Eng and Mat Sabu

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 06:33 PM PDT

We would like to invite you to join us in our 2011 DAP Selangor Fund Raising Dinner.
Theme: "An Evening with Lim Guan Eng and Mat Sabu"
Venue: MBPJ Dewan Sivik
Date: 22 August 2011 (Monday)
Time: 7.00pm
Halal Malay food will be served, and the primary language for this dinner will be English and Bahasa Malaysia.

The cost of the dinner will be RM60 per pax or RM600 per table. VIP tables are also available for RM1,500 a table. The funds raised from the dinner will be used for in preparation for the upcoming election campaign.

For reservations, please email to saradyl (at) or to me directly with your name, contact number, which dinner(s) and number of seats or tables (VIP or normal) required.

For those who are not able to make the dinner, donations are also very much welcome ;-). Cheques should be written to "DAP Selangor" or cash can be deposited at DAP Damansara Maybank account: 5141 9634 2008.

We'd like to thank you in advance for your much needed support!

13th General Election to be Dirtiest ever

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 06:25 PM PDT

The rumours have been swirling intensely for the past few months that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is registering foreign workers and permanent residents as voters for the coming general election. Various parties have given eye-witness accounts of vans from the National Registration Departments (NRD) heading to remote areas to conduct discreet registration exercises.

In May 2011, PKR Ampang Member of Parliament, Zubaidah Kamaruddin had also surfaced a letter allegedly written by UMNO Hulu Selangor to the Home Minister to grant citizenship to a list of 2,000 foreign workers with the pretext that they will vote for BN in the upcoming elections.

However, it was the reports in Malaysiakini earlier this week providing hard-evidence that foreign permanent residents have been granted voting rights in Malaysia. What was perhaps more shocking was that within a matter of 4 hours, the status of the dubious new voters were immediately changed from permanent residents to citizens of this country in the NRD database.

The above cases prove beyond doubt that there is an unholy conspiracy between BN, the Election Commission as well as the NRD to cheat their way to victory in the next general election.

Alarm bells are raised over the integrity of our national security systems because of the flagrant abuse of the process and the ease at which our citizen data get manipulated. They also prove that the biometric system proposed by the Election Commission to "prevent phantom voters" is a complete non-starter. If even our NRD system can be tampered with so blatantly, there is no credible assurance that the government can provide that the biometric system proposal worth hundreds of millions of ringgit will be clean, transparent and secure.

The action of the above parties follows the Prime Minister's rallying cry in Selangor in May 2011 for BN to "win at all costs". While the results of 2008 took BN by surprise, they are now leaving nothing to chance and would use all tricks in the book to maintain their strangle hold on power as well as to recapture the states lost to Pakatan Rakyat.

It is also not the first that BN has awarded of citizenship to foreigners in a massive scale. They have previously done the same in Sabah with the covert "Project IC" which is also known as "Project M" where "M" denotes Mahathir. The project has cemented UMNO's stranglehold on power and reduced the political power of the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut communities in Sabah. The outcome today in Sabah was a population explosion where naturalised "foreigners" outnumber locals in the state.

BN will use its control over the media and security apparatus to intimidate Malaysians to vote BN as seen most recently during the Bersih rally, and money will not be an object to buy votes as shown in the Sarawak state elections. And if intimidation and the buying of votes do not assure them of success, BN would blatantly cheat its way to victory.

Malaysians who are united in seeking free and fair elections will need to work doubly hard to negate the electoral malpractices committed by BN. And Malaysians seeking to achieve change in the next general election will have to work triply hard to convince those who are still in doubt over the need for change to overcome the uneven playing field in favour of BN.

Najid Dares Not Defend "1Malaysia"

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 06:23 PM PDT

Najib is proving to be the lamest Prime Minister in Malaysia's history - he has neither the political will nor courage to even defend his own policies when it is repudiated by his Deputy

At the Malaysian Student Leaders' Summit yesterday, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak exposed himself as a weak leader with no political conviction and neither political will nor political courage when he refused to defend his "1Malaysia" policy as defined in the Government Transformation Plan (GTP) policy document.

The GTP developed by PEMANDU in the Prime Ministers' office had defined 1Malaysia as a "nation where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second".

However, the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had twice reiterated in 2009 that he is "Malay first" for "he would be shunned by all the Malays if he were to say that he is a Malaysian first".

Despite "1Malaysia" being made the cornerstone of this administration, Najib had refused to openly declare himself a "Malaysian first" or commit to its definition when asked by a student at the Summit. Instead, he dodged the question by giving answer that would have left the students in no doubt that the man before them is no leader. Najib said that he does not "want to respond in a way that will divide me from my deputy. In Malaysia, that can be very dangerous"

He further added that "it does not matter what you say, just as long as you follow (the 1 Malaysia concept)". It certainly doesn't take 600 of our brightest young minds at the forum to tell the Prime Minister that you can't follow a concept that is neither here nor there, and can't even be defined properly.

Najib's refusal to declare support for his "Malaysian first" policy clearly demonstrates that he has no personal conviction of his "1Malaysia" clarion call. In addition, despite the seeming importance of the policy to achieve a united and harmonious multi-racial Malaysia, he is willing to sacrifice "1Malaysia" for political expediency.

Instead of demonstrating leadership and conviction by standing firm on his "principles" and demanding that his Ministers support his cause, Najib has chosen to mollycoddle his Deputy, as the latter disagrees with him.

In the past, we have repeatedly witnessed former Deputy Prime Ministers openly declaring their loyalty and undying support for the then Prime Ministers. What we are seeing now today is the complete reverse, where the Prime Minister is doing his utmost to avoid displeasing his Deputy, even at the expense of his most important policy linchpin.

It raises the question as whether Najib's position as the Umno president is so "very dangerous" that he has to march to Muhyiddin's beat, with the latter firmly in the driver's seat.

If the Prime Minister himself does not even dare to stand firm on his convictions, and has no political will and courage to ensure that his entire administration, including his own Deputy fall in line with his Malaysian first policy, how does he even expect ordinary Malaysians to believe in him?

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