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KEADILAN Mulakan Tindakan Mengikut Perlembagaan Untuk Mewujudkan Tribunal Memecat Pengerusi Dan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR

Pendedahan yang dibuat oleh Setiausaha Agong KEADILAN, Dato’ Saifuddin Nasution Ismail bahawa Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) adalah ahli Umno mempunyai kesan yang besar di sisi Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Bukti yang dikemukakan oleh Dato’ Saifuddin Nasution Ismail mengenai keanggotaan Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof di bahagian Umno Ampang sehingga kini tidak disanggah. Timbalannya Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar pula mengaku secara terbuka beliau pernah menjadi ahli Umno. Sejak pendedahan dibuat dua minggu lalu, kedua-dua mereka tidak pernah menyatakan bahawa mereka telah membatalkan keanggotaan mereka.

Peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan mengenai perlantikan dan keanggotaan SPR adalah jelas seperti termaktub di dalam Perkara 114, terutamanya Fasal 2 dan Fasal 4A seperti berikut:

(2) Pada melantik anggota Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya, Yang di-Pertuan Agong hendaklah mengambil perhatian tentang peri mustahaknya suatu Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya yang mendapat kepercayaan awam.

(4A) Sebagai tambahan kepada apa-apa kehilangan kelayakan yang diperuntukkan di bawah Fasal (4), pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya hilang kelayakan untuk memegang jawatan itu jika selepas tiga bulan pelantikannya ke jawatan itu atau pada bila-bila masa selepas itu dia ialah atau menjadi anggota mana-mana lembaga pengarah atau lembaga pengurusan, atau pegawai atau pekerja, atau melibatkan diri dalam hal ehwal atau urusan, mana mana organisasi atau badan, sama ada diperbadankan atau selainnya, atau mana-mana pengusahaan komersil, perindustrian atau pengusahaan lain, sama ada atau tidak dia menerima apa-apa saraan, hadiah, untung atau faedah daripadanya.

Dengan syarat bahawa kehilangan kelayakan itu tidaklah terpakai jika organisasi atau badan itu menjalankan apa-apa kerja kebajikan atau sukarela atau tujuan yang berfaedah kepada masyarakat atau mana-mana bahagiannya, atau apa-apa kerja atau tujuan lain yang bersifat khairat atau sosial, dan anggota itu tidak menerima apa-apa saraan, hadiah, untung atau faedah daripadanya.

Keanggotaan kedua-dua pegawai tertinggi SPR ini di dalam sebuah parti politik secara jelas melanggar Perkara 114, Fasal 2 dan Fasal 4A. Apatah lagi apabila kedua-dua mereka mengaku menjadi ahli atau tidak menafikan mereka pernah menjadi ahli.

Tuntutan yang dikenakan oleh Perkara 114 adalah jelas; iaitu dalam masa tiga bulan dilantik ke jawatan Pengerusi atau Timbalan Pengerusi SPR, mereka perlu menarik diri dari semua badan yang termaktub di bawah Fasal 4A dengan membatalkan keahlian mereka. Sebagai pegawai tertinggi SPR, kecuaian mereka tidak menyemak dan membatalkan keahlian parti politik adalah satu kesalahan besar yang melanggar peruntukan Perlembagaan.

Oleh yang demikian, KEADILAN akan memulakan tindakan bersesuaian dengan Perlembagaan untuk memecat kedua-dua mereka dari SPR. Mengikut peruntukan Perlembagaan, sebuah tribunal perlu ditubuhkan untuk membicarakan kecuaian dan pelanggaran peruntukan Perlembagaan seperti yang didakwa seterusnya mengambil tindakan memecat kedua-duanya jika didapati bersalah.

KEADILAN akan menulis secara rasmi kepada Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak bagi menggesa penubuhan tribunal ini. Surat rasmi ini akan diserahkan secara tangan ke Pejabat Perdana Menteri Khamis 10 Mei 2012 ini.

Kebebasan pilihanraya umum akan datang bergantung kepada kredibiliti SPR. Maka, Dato’ Seri Najib sewajarnya tidak melengah-lengahkan penubuhan tribunal ini.



8 MEI 2012

PRK Batu Sapi: Good Analysis by Clara Chooi (Malaysian Insider)

I will write my views about what the result of Batu Sapi by-election means to PKR and Pakatan, but for the time being Clara has done a good job to start the discussion.

Poor turnout dampens BN’s Batu Sapi victory

ANALYSIS, Nov 5 — Despite the euphoria, Barisan Nasional’s (BN) comfortable victory in Batu Sapi last night was a significant showing of the people’s political apathy and the fact that many were still entrenched in the era of “government knows best”.

While BN has insisted that yesterday’s results were proof that the people had accepted Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s development initiatives and 1 Malaysia platform, one significant factor was ignored — the poor turnout of voters.

If anything, the meagre 61.5 per cent turnout clearly indicated that the locals here have little or no regard for politics and place it low on their list of priorities.

Those who did turn up to vote yesterday were largely the community’s elderly, namely the staunch BN supporters of the past, who knew very little of the political changes made by their brethren across the South China Sea.

Many villagers, when met during polling day yesterday, had looked aghast at the uproar the by-election had brought to their otherwise peaceful township and were plagued with questions on why the polls was any different from past elections in the area.

Even Sabah Progressive Party’s (SAPP) candidate Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the small group of supporters seen waving flags and chanting outside the polling stations was a trend alien to the local folk of Batu Sapi.

In previous elections, said the former chief minister, voters merely sailed in and out of polling stations with ease.

The failure of nearly 40 per cent of the community here to turn up to cast their vote showed that many cared very little over who represented them in Parliament.

If they were indeed politically aware and anxious to support either the BN or the opposition parties of PKR and SAPP, they would have made an effort to let their voices be heard.

But the fact that they did not, resulting in BN’s victory, does not necessarily mean that the majority of voters in Batu Sapi were supportive of Najib’s slew of development initiatives.

In all likelihood even, most of the rural folk living here do not even know what the NEM, ETP, GTP, NKRA and NKEA are, along with the other plans the prime minister may have for Malaysia.

How could they, when they lack access to simple information and even basic amenities like running water or electricity?

Another significant takeaway from yesterday’s polls was Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) success in securing second place.

Although PKR had clearly walked into the race as the underdog, with predictions pointing to its likely failure to secure the seat, in just nine-days of campaigning, the peninsular-based party had managed to push through to second place, above even locally-based SAPP.

Talks with villagers during the last few days of campaigning showed that PKR, armed with its experiences from the peninsular, had managed to make its presence felt in Batu Sapi.

Local folk whispered the tales of corruption the party had brought with them, and grew starry-eyed in the presence of political giants like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and even Lim Guan Eng.

With their round-the-clock efforts, PKR also managed to clinch the support of the Chinese community here, which make up about 38 per cent of the total electorate.

The party hit many stumbling blocks along the way, however, as they were up against BN’s massive election machinery and resources.

For the local folk in Batu Sapi, many of whom were struggling with monthly salaries of just RM400, simple gifts were enough to convince them that BN was the better choice.

One PKR leader told The Malaysian Insider, “They are so poor and they need these things now. They cannot see beyond tomorrow and the fact that they can get even more if they dared to make a change.”

PKR’s leaders also spoke of problems with teaching people how to vote for the opposition, after finding that some local folk were not even aware of party emblems other than the BN’s.

On the final day of campaign, the party had to mobilise a team of campaign workers to teach the people how to mark their ballot papers.

PKR elections director Fuziah Salleh said that the villagers had long been accustomed to BN’s logo and when faced with a ballot paper, their immediate reaction was to mark an “X” next to it.

Still, despite these shortcomings, PKR’s Ansari managed second place yesterday with 3,414 votes, behind BN’s Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin’s 9,773 votes. In third place was SAPP’s Yong with 2,031 votes.

If nine days of hectic campaigning could secure PKR second place, who is to say what will happen in Batu Sapi come the next general election, still at least months away?