|Boss Bersih or Bersih Boss?|
OK, let's stop pretending Bersih is not one of Anwar's many apps. Anwar took credit for the 2007 Bersih and he'll be taking full credit for this one if nothing goes too awry. Oh, so you know that? My apologies. But I bet you do not know about the EIGHT DEMANDS he is making? Read what they are H E R E.
I have left the following response in Apanama's comment box.
Dear Apanama,The last three demands have nothing to do whatsoever with "clean and fair elections", which is what Bersih was supposed to be about. 6. Strengthen public institutions 7. Stop corruption and 8. Stop dirty politics are not within SPR's job scope. A 6-yr old can tell you that.
So I will comment on the first FIVE DEMANDS:
1. Clean the electoral roll Yes, the SPR needs to clean the electoral roll. We can make its job easier if those voters who have moved out from their kampungs register their new addresses in the cities/towns with the local SPR. Eg Anwar Ibrahim. He is still registered as a voter in Permatang Pauh when his home is no longer there. Another example is Rocky's Bru. He is registered as a phantom voter in Sungai Rapat, Perak but he lives in Puchong. (In my case, I will help the SPR clean the electoral roll by updating my address ahead of the PRU13)
2. Reform postal ballot No need to reform postal ballot lah, waste time only. Make voting compulsory.
3. Use of indelible ink Aiya, so ancient. Use biometric lah .. The Causeway/Immigration issue with biometric is an exception, don't be deterred.
4. Minimum 21 days campaign Period Sure, our first election in 1955 provided for 42 days' campaign. But there was no internet, mobile phone and Proton back then. Okay, eight days may be too short lah. Two weeks should be about right.
5. Free and fair access to media Pakatan goverments barred mainstream media from official functions in Penang and Kedah. They don't have any business asking for free and fair access to media when the media do not have free and fair access to how they conduct their affairs.