Polling day for the seven general elections I'd covered as a journalist wasn't alway a Saturday, I've been told. GEs in 1995 and 1999, the ECs set polling days on Monday.
Courtesy of Lim Sian See:
MALAYSIA'S 14TH GENERAL ELECTIONS
Nomination Day: April 28, 2018
Polling Day: May 9, 2018
I ain't complaining but I don't recall a general election being held on a Rabu (Wednesday). In all seven general elections that I've covered as a journalist, polling day was always a Saturday.
So Rabu suddenly reads, according to the Pakatan Hopers:
Rakyat Akan Buang Umno
For the Barisan Nasional troopers, Rabu is:
Rakyat Akan Bersama Umno
Either way, the 14th GE is still about Umno, like it or not. The price you have to pay for being the longest-surviving political party in the world.
And as long as the long-suffering Opposition doesn't win it, Malaysia's general elections will continue to be considered - by the Opposition and some international media behind it - unfair and rigged. Shocking but true.
More so if the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) wins yet another one.The thrashing over the integrity of Malaysia’s elections usually involves incessant mentioning of gerrymandering, abuse of institutional tools and fictitious phantom voters who, despite being widely reported, were somehow never caught.In the 2013 contest the hammering went up up a few notches after BN won while receiving less total or popular votes – which was the first since Malaya had its first general elections in 1955 – against the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat.
Capitalising on such a loss, The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Times of London, The New Yorker, AP, AFP, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC had through couched nuances stressed on Malaysia’s supposedly compromised electoral system.Aljazeera had a 25-minute special report called “Malaysia’s election scandals” where it invited PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar to talk about claims of electoral rigging.Nurul Izzah’s claims of faulty indelible ink, the deployment of Bangladeshi pantom voters, which was also echoed by her father PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, have until today never been proven in court ..
Read the full article by Zaidi Azmi: Flawed Malaysian electoral system? Look West, please.Read also:
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