Apabila Tun Abdullah Badawi cuba mengurangkan perbelanjaan dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke-9 dengan mengurangkan perbelanjaan kerajaan dalam bidang pembinaan, ramai peniaga Melayu daripada pelbagai golongan – baik pembekal makanan ke tapak pembinaan mahupun kontraktor binaan dan arkitek, berasa tidak senang hati dan hal ini telah menggugat kedudukan politik beliau. Akhirnya beliau terpaksa menarik balik keputusan tersebut dan menambahkan perbelanjaan dalam bidang pembinaan melalui dana yang dipinjam dan seterusnya menyebabkan defisit dan hutang terkumpul kerajaan semakin meningkat.
In response to Bersih, the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, the Election Commission has stridently maintained that its voter rolls are clean and elections are conducted in a free and fair manner. Prime Minister Najib has also gone around saying there is no need for Bersih because elections are always free and fair in Malaysia. Right thinking Malaysians know better and have learned to discount these platitudes with a smirk.
Now we have further proof that elections in Malaysia are anything but free and fair. In fact the 13th general election may be the dirtiest ever. PAS has uncovered hard evidence of a plot to stuff the electoral rolls with foreigners given instant citizenship. It is breathtaking in its audacity and totally unconscionable in disregarding social consequences. Is BN so desperate to win that it is willing to barter the future of the country for another stint in power?
Malaysiakini reported the case of one Mismah registered as voter in Ijok which was won by PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim, now the Mentri Besar of Selangor. A check with the National Registration Dept (NRD) online verification system in the morning show that this Mismah is a permanent resident and hence not entitled to be registered as a voter. Four hours after the report was published, another online check on the individual concerned showed that she had suddenly become a citizen and collected her blue MyKad.