Abdullah should speak up
whether he had told Rashid when the general election would be held
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
Election Commission Chairman
Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahmat has made many Barisan Nasional leaders
hot under the collar with his claim in Malacca on Thursday that he knew
when the general election would be held – but he would not tell.
Even Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO Deputy President, Datuk Seri Najib
Razak says he is clueless, though he would like to know.
However, nobody could be as incensed as the MCA Ministers and leaders as
it must a tremendous loss of face for them to be caught on the wrong
footing, unable to answer what must be asked them umpteenth times everyday
by their supporters as to when is the next general election when a lowly
government functionary like the Election Commission Chairman is fully
Such manifest ignorance could not be more embarrassing at this time as it
drives home what all MCA Ministers are most sensitive about – their
continued irrelevance, impotence and marginalization in government!
This explains the Cabinet rage (like road-rage of Mat Rempits) of the
Health Minister and MCA National Vice President, Datuk Chua Soi Lek who as
good as called Rashid a “liar” (China Press) in making such a
Does Rashid really know when is the next general election or was he simply
lying or just posturing omniscience?
Rashid had told reporters after the launch of the state-level Election
Commission briefing and course for returning officers and assistant
returning officers in Malacca two days ago that the next general election
will be conducted after the end of the state-level series of Election
Commission courses which concludes on January 29.
If Rashid knows when is the next general election, then only one person
could have told him – the Prime Minister himself.
Abdullah should speak up whether he had told Rashid when the general
election would be held to end the anger building up among the MCA
Ministers and leaders.
Instead of creating a furor among Barisan Nasional leaders with his tease
that he knew more than them about the date for the next general election,
Rashid would have done a greater service to the nation and greater justice
to his job as Election Commission Chairman to put in place an electoral
system which is clean, free and fair, covering all aspects of elections –
including clean and comprehensive electoral roll, level playing field for
election campaign by all contestants including strict check on money
politics and fair media coverage, and eradication of electoral abuses like
massive phantom and postal voting.
After all, this was precisely why 40,000 Malaysians had gathered in the
unprecedented massive but peaceful rally on Nov. 10 to present a petition
to the Yang di Pertuan Agong for electoral reforms to ensure clean, free
and fair elections in Malaysia.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman