Tuesday, 21 September 2010
EX-PAPAR PKR CHIEF CRIES FOUL
PAPAR: Former PKR divisional chief for Papar, Sylvester Balon Mujim, wants the party to nullify the election results for the division and hold a fairer and more organised polls. He claimed the Papar polls on Saturday, in which he lost to lawyer James Ghani, was marred with various discrepancies.
"It was one of the worst-organised and dirtiest elections held. I am filing an official complaint to the Party Election Committee and I hope they will reconvene and hold a fresh polls for Papar," he said here yesterday.
James polled 223 votes to defeat incumbent Sylvester who chalked in 165 votes, and Husin Lamsin who garnered only 50 votes.
According to Sylvester, the monitoring team assigned by party headquarters to monitor and run the polling, had failed miserably to ensure a democratic voting by allowing aides of his opponents a free hand in assisting members to mark ballot papers.
"There were other incidents in the meeting which even I as the incumbent head was denied a say to correct things.
“Ballot papers were being brought from outside and the whole voting process was a chaos.
"The voting process itself was carried out even before the meeting proper was held. Ballot papers were handed to people approaching the counter without really scrutinising their names on the party membership rolls," he alleged.
Sylvester also claimed that his opponent involved himself in money politics at yesterday's poll.
"I have members to testify on this," he said.
Sylvester was one of the 12 members from Sabah who were recently disciplined for their involvement in the aborted attempt to register a PKR-breakaway Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS). Free Malaysia Today
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010
WHAT is in store for the ruling Barisan Nasional? Can we actually do away with race-based political parties such as Upko, Umno, MIC and the likes and be united in one party, the BN? To cut the story short, I will be surprise if this happens in my life time. So, lets play our role, based on "As is, where is" concept. Simple. And practical. But with a vision....
TWO-TIER BN MEMBERSHIP?
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — Several Umno leaders have predicted that a proposal to allow direct membership into Barisan Nasional (BN) would result in the federal ruling coalition having a “two-tier” membership system, and see the continued existence of its component parties.
Under this new party system, BN’s membership would consist of existing members from affiliated parties like Umno, MCA and MIC as well as members who are part of BN through direct membership.
They, however, argued that dissolving race-based component parties within BN and transforming it into a single party would be “difficult” because many component party members were still “attached” to their respective parties and preferred fighting for issues on the existing race-based platform.
“The one way in which BN can become a multiracial party is if the direct membership for BN exceeds the membership of the (existing) component parties. This would then be fait accompli.“What’s ideal for the future would be direct electorates. Look at the United States. They have Republicans as well as Democrats. Their parties are not race-based. The whole idea is to get the best Malaysians to represent BN,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. READ MORE HERE