PRESS STATEMENT BY YB SIVARASA RASIAH
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SUNGAI BULOH
MEMBER OF POLITICAL BUREAU AND CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT.
THERE IS CREDIBLE EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL IN JULAU DIVISION, SARAWAK, IS MANIPULATED AND ILLEGAL.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat started in 1999, and with the merger in 2003 with Parti Rakyat Malaysia, has stood in the vanguard of the struggle for democratic reform in Malaysia. It championed clean and fair elections, a true democracy, and an accountable and equitable government protecting, in particular, the oppressed and the downtrodden.
Today aspects of the current party election show a gross disregard for these principles. Most of the weaknesses that have attracted public comment and criticism have been administrative and sincere attempts have been made by the party’s Election Committee to overcome these. Running a one-member one vote election involving some 800,000 members with a new e-voting system with limited resources is not easy.
However, the current state of the membership roll in the Julau division in Sarawak is quite something else. It enters the realm of manipulation, fraud and illegality. It displays the features of corporate capture where dubious corporate figures use their wealth and influence to manipulate the election process. Proceeding with the election in Julau has serious implications for the party.
The facts challenging the membership roll in Julau are compelling. Phone numbers of 6474 out of the 13,178 members suddenly added to the roll on 27 June 2018 were called over a 3 day period in October to verify how they became members. 5018 did not respond to the call.
What is shocking is that out of the balance who answered the call, 1310 ( almost 90% ! ) said they had no knowledge of themselves joining the party recently. Furthermore, out of this group, 237 said that they were interested in joining the party but had never applied. And finally, out of these 237, 65 were actually long-standing members of the party who had been “joined” again without their knowledge.
It is also alleged, separately, that the 13,000 plus new names were registered using only 11 addresses which, again, reaffirms the manipulation.
These facts have not been rebutted in any credible manner. They indicate a gross and organised attempt to illegally register persons in large numbers as members without their knowledge. On polling day, those responsible for this will probably attempt to round up these “members”, incentivise them and transport them to the polling centre to vote. Links have been made to member/s of the well known Sng family who have been linked to similar dubious practices in the past in other political organisations.
It is of great regret that the party election process has sunk to condoning this after two decades of championing a clean electoral roll.
I call upon our members in Sarawak to rise up tomorrow and to vote to reject those candidates and leaders who are behind such manipulation of the membership roll. We must stay true to our party’s struggle for justice and democracy and to our reform agenda.
9th November 2018
steadyaku47 comment :
“Links have been made to member/s of the well known Sng family who have been linked to similar dubious practices in the past in other political organisations.”. I call upon Wan Azizah to explain how was it that she allowed herself to be in the company of members of the Sng family when she was in Julau recently.