Pat Lah said the country's election has always been democratic and fair and the government has never denied the rights to vote to those who are eligable to do so.He said this was proven by the global survey, Voice of the People, conducted by TNS and Gallup International which found that Malaysians are the most confident in Asia of their country's free and fair elections, and outrank most of the region in their faith in democracy.Read here and here.
With a sample size of 1,250 Malaysians, 74 per cent felt that elections in this country were legitimate and 69 per cent believed that government was by the will of the people.The sample was selected from urban areas in the peninsula and respondents were interviewed face-to-face.“This belief in the transparency of elections is in contrast to the sentiment expressed by more than half of respondents across the region who do not consider their country’s election process to be so impartial,” TNS and Gallup said in a statement.
Can we rely on these polls when opinion are mustered up thru interviews conducted face to face with respondents only from the urban areas of the peninsula?. While a vast majority of our voters comes mainly from rural and semi urban areas,does this really reflect the actual feelings on the ground?
Probably the respondents that they interviewed were businessmen,corporate players,civil servants and UMNO/MCA/MIC diehards,then you can rest be assured the answer will be positive.Or they might had even interviewed a number of the "pendatang haram" be it Indon or Bangla the answer will also be a positive one.
The polls only indicate that among the countries in Asia,our democracy is slightly better off than the others,. However,the polls do not tell us whether our elections are conducted evenly or fair and square. When gomen only, are allowed to access the electronic and print media; a campaigning period set for only 9 days and when open canvassing for votes are not allowed; tell me, is this what Pat Lah call democratic and fair?
Its true that the gomen has never denied the rights to vote to those who are eligible to do so. But how and where these eligible voters gonna cast their votes is another story. The latest admission by the EC secretary,that EC officers for registration of voters were found to have transferred voters without their consent is another proof that something is amiss with our election system.
Apart from that,the electoral rolls are marred by instances where unregistered voters has their names put on electoral rolls;10 years old becoming registered voter and persons who had passed away 20-30 years still take leave from their grave to come out to vote in every general election.
If Pat Lah thinks that our polls is fair and democratic, its high time for him to allow in independent observers for the coming general election. If he refuses then there is something fishy about the whole affair and that proves Pat Lah ,you 'cakap tak serupa bikin', and got conned by the pollster's poll.