Sunday, September 25, 2011

Malaysia blocks broadcast urging locals to vote

KUALA LUMPUR--The ICT industry regulator has instructed local TV stations to remove a broadcast of a public service announcement encouraging all Malaysians to exercise their right to vote in the next elections, a local news portal has reported.
According to The Malaysian Insider, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) earlier this week directed local broadcasters not to use a video produced by local musician, Pete Teo, just days after it was first aired on Sept. 16.
The report cited an industry source to say that the MCMC e-mailed both Astro and Media Prima, the country's two largest broadcasters, instructing them that the video clip should not be aired because "Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah speaks about the country having 'many problems'" and it features opposition leaders. Razaleigh, a prince who hails from the north-eastern state of Kelantan, is a popular politician with the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

Video urges M'sians to exercise right to vote
The video, named "Undilah" (which means "Please Vote" in Malay), also features several prominent oppositions including Nurul Izzah Anwar, the eldest daughter of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, and a Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, a surburban area in Kuala Lumpur.
Another local broadcaster, NTV7, also aired the video but MCMC sent the e-mail only to the two major broadcasters which operate the majority of television channels in Malaysia.
Undilah was an attempt by Teo, an independent filmmaker and musician, to highlight the need for all Malaysians above the voting age of 21 to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Shot in black-and-white, the video features Razaleigh highlighting that there are problems in the country and also shows other Malaysians of various ethnic origins--speaking in Chinese, Malay and Tamil--encouraging viewers to vote.
The country is not due to call for general elections until 2013 but it is widely believed the incumbent government will call for one within six months to a year.
When contacted, Teo said he had no idea why the regulators deemed it necessary to block his video. "Perhaps they live in neighbourhoods where there are no problems at all and think we are misrepresenting the country," he told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail.
He believed the video was yanked because it gave equal representation to opposition and government figures. "Again, I have no idea why they should find balanced representation of opposing political parties objectionable in a public service announcement," he said.
He noted that Prime Minister Najib Razak just last week made some concessions to relax media control and promised to review media laws to make Malaysia a vibrant democracy.
In a national broadcast on Sept. 15, Najib had pledged to abolish certain security laws, the most significant of which was the Internal Security Act, and review other laws pertaining to media control such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
"A week later, MCMC bans an independent and non-partisan public service announcement encouraging the nation to exercise their democratic rights," Teo said. "I find that as disappointing as it is ironic."
Ong Kian Ming, political scientist and lecturer at the UCSI University's faculty of Economics and Policy Science, noted that MCMC, like most other regulators, usually errs on the side of caution, especially in cases concerning sensitive political issues.
"Assuming the report is true, one should not be surprised by this move," Ong said in an e-mail. "The very fact that the Undilah video was put online is an indication that those who made the video did not expect it to have much airplay."
Ong said such issues pointed to a larger structural challenge Najib would face if he was serious about introducing greater liberalization in the local political sphere. "For there to be a mindset change that will prevent such moves in the future, there needs to be a concerted effort to change the personnel in these ministries, perhaps starting with the ministers in charge of these ministries. Najib cannot do this on his own," he said.
Concurring, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, chief executive of political and economic think-tank, IDEAS Malaysia, said in an e-mail interview: "[If the report was true], it shows there are elements within the government who are not as forward thinking as Najib [who] should show that he is serious...[and] clear about the direction he wants to to take and make everyone commit it to."
Edwin Yapp is a freelance IT writer based in Malaysia.







http://www.zdnetasia.com/malaysia-blocks-broadcast-urging-locals-to-vote-62302207.htm

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Monday, September 12, 2011

SATH GURU MATHA BRAHMANANDAMAYI DEWI (AMMA)


ADIPARASAKTHI ASHRAM
VALLIKUNNAM P.O. ALAPUZHA DIST.
KERALA STATE, INDIA, - 690501,
REG. NO. A429/99

SATH GURU MATHA BRAHMANANDAMAYI DEWI (AMMA) 

FOUNDED ADIPARASAKTHI ASHRAM 32 YEARS AGO TO  PROVIDE SERVICES ON HUMANITARIAN GROUND IN THE FIELD OF: - POVERTY ERADICATION, - EDUCATION TO POOR, - ANADHANAM DHARMAS, - OTHER FORM OF SOCIAL SECURITY & WELFARE.

ASHRAM'S AIM IS TO INCULCATE SANATHANA DHARMA IN OBTAINING PERFECTION. WHILE EXPERIENCING VARIOUS FORMS OF NATURAL CALAMITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AMMA VEHEMENTLY BELIEF THAT PERFORMING SPECIAL POOJA'S WILL HELP TO REDUCE THE EFFECT AND STAY IN HARMONY WITH NATURE.

ASHRAM HUMBLY INVITES ALL TO JOIN AMMA'S BHAJAN, DISCOURSE AND BHAGAVATI SEVA AS BELOW :-
12 SEPT 11, MON       
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, SEREMBAN             8.01PM

13 SEPT 11, TUE         
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, BRICKFIELDS         8.01PM

14 SEPT 11, WED      
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, KLANG TOWN         8.01PM

15 SEPT 11, THUR      
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, KLANG JAYA           8.01PM

16 SEPT 11, FRI          
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, LEBOH AMPANG    8.01PM

17 SEPT 11, SAT         
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, IPOH                          8.01PM

18 SEPT 11, SUN         
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, PENANG                   10.01AM
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, BUTTERWORTH     5.01PM
SHRIDI BABA CENTER, SG PETANI               8.01PM  

20 Sept 11, TUES
KANTHASAMY TEMPLE, JALAN SCOTT, BRICKFIELDS 7.01PM
  
22 SEPT 11, THUR     
RAGAVENDRA CENTER, TMN SENTOSA KLANG 8.01PM

23 SEPT 11, FRI        
RAJA RAJESHWARY TEMPLE, AMPANG      7.01PM

24 SEPT 11, SAT        
IYYAPA TEMPLE, BATU CAVES,                      7.01PM

25 SEPT 11, SUN        
LAKHSMI NARAYANAN TEMPLE, JLN IPOH 10.31AM

Monday, September 05, 2011

Serious flaws in Ledang electoral roll

Johor DAP has claimed to have found thousands of registered voters in the Ledang parliamentary constituency who have either incomplete or no information at all in the databases of the Election Commission (EC) and National Registration Department (NRD).

NONEThey include 417 voters whose names are missing from the NRD database.

This latest flaw was exposed at a press conference called in Muar today by Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa (centre in photo), who was accompanied by Johor DAP secretary Tan Chen Choon and Youth leader Ee Chin Li.

They said a 17-member task force formed by the party had detected several flaws in the electoral roll of Ledang, a semi-rural constituency with some 60,000 voters:
  • A total of 1,824 voters have no record in the online database of both the EC and NRD.
  • A voter is listed as a permanent resident in the NRD database.
  • A total of 2,195 voters have no address in the EC's database.
  • The addresses of 35,064 or 59.14 percent of the voters in the electoral roll are incomplete.
  • A total of 417 voters have only MyKad numbers listed in the NRD database - without names.
  • A total of 6,700 voters have no record in the NRD database. They are listed as 'no application' and 'invalid number'.
Ee said these problems raised serious questions about national security.

"Why is a permanent resident given voting rights? How many permanent residents have been registered as voters, and how many times have they voted? How did the EC determine the constituencies of voters who don't have addresses?" he asked.

In a previous complaint, PAS had found some 1,000 permanent residents on the roll, which the NRD and EC clarified was due to "technical negligence".

EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof had said then that the NRD had neglected to update its database to show that these permanent residents had been granted citizenship.

'Horrible blunder'

Ee was particularly scathing on cases of voters whose names were missing from the NRD database, describing this as a "horrible blunder" that the EC is obliged to explain.

identity card mykad change of religion or faith"The NRD website showed their status as 'MyKad has been collected'. Does it mean they collect their Mykad first and fill in their names later? How the EC can register voters with only the MyKad number but without their name into the electoral roll?"

Ee expressed worry that the 6,700 voters with no record in NRD database could be a fatal loophole in national security, and called on the Home Ministry to answer for this.

He also dismissed the argument by Abdul Aziz that errors in the electoral roll represent just 0.0001 percent of the total 12.4 million registered voters.

"Every single vote is indispensable. How can the EC view voters as a set of numbers? As citizen, every voter has voting rights that cannot be compromised."

The task force would continue to scrutinise other constituencies in the Johor, Ee added.

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