Friday, May 3, 2013

Last advice: ‘Go out and vote’

Lisa J. Ariffin

May 2, 2013
An election watchdog group reminds the people that change will only happen when they go out and vote.
PETALING JAYA: Go out and vote!
And with that advice, a citizens’ election group wrapped up its last press conference today ahead of the 13th general election this Sunday.
Pemantau is initiated by Bersih, Mafrel (Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections) and human rights group Pusat Komas.
“The rakyat must go out and vote, all 100% of them. Only that way, can we bring about change in Malaysia,” Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah told reporters here.
“There is no use being unhappy if you do not do the right thing by going out to vote,” she added.
Chin, accompanied by Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga, Mafrel chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh and Pusat Komas executive director Arul Prakash, today urged all registered voters to go out and vote “as early as possible”.
“Not because those that have voted in the morning can come back and vote again, but because of the weather,” Ambiga joked, prompting laughter among those present.
“Lately it has been raining a lot in the afternoon,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pemantau said it continued to receive more reports on violations of code of conduct, political violence and various other unprofessional conduct in the run-up to GE13, described as the “dirtiest in Malaysian history”.
Asked how many incidents were reported, Syed Ibrahim said Pemantau was “still compiling evidence” and that a full report would be published later.
“We will compile the number of complaints and put them in a full report which will be made public after the election,” he said.
“We hope the Election Commission and even the police will take action to ensure these incidents do not recur,” he added.
Pemantau also urged “all GE13 participants” to practise the “highest standard of ethics and professionalism”.
“We call upon the voters to come out on polling day to vote and not cower in fear of threats of instability and riots,” it said.
~ Free Malaysia Today

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