Malaysia general election | Election 101


Wow! after yesterday’s announcement, everybody suddenly tune to different channel, the general election. Every newspapers, every radio stations, tv stations say nothing else but the coming general election. I think the campaigning period will starts immediately! We Malaysians will vote once every four or five years so it is like a party time now.

Now the basic things are:

  1. Who is eligible to contest?
  2. Who is eligible to vote?
  3. What is at stake? See here ===>>>
  4. Nomination Day?
  5. The Deposits? either for parliament or state seats
  6. Campaigns period between nomination day and polling day (this is fun)
  7. The Poling day (The Big day or The D-Day)
  8. Walla!…counting process and the forming of the new government.

Opps!, there are new criterium this time around:

  1. The use of indelible ink, and
  2. transparent ballot boxes.

So are you ready to rock? He, he, he, I mean to vote. Have you check your electoral roll? If not check yours here, Your Electoral Roll. (just key in your I.C. number).

Note:

This 3 weeks or so I should call it an election fever but life should go on as usual and so does my business. I will update more regularly here about election and as well as doing businesses online.

Source: The StarSpecial.

PM dissolves Parliament


Special Announcement:

Malaysia’s PM Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dissloves the Parliament today at 1:00pm local Malaysian time [+8:00 GMT]. He announced the dissolution of the Parliament at a specially arranged press conference at his office in Putrajaya. He had advised the king to dissolve federal parliament about a year before its five-year term was due to end. He gave no reason, but analysts have said the ruling coalition wants a fresh mandate before the economy slows and inflation picks up steam. The ruling coalition [Barisan Nasional] hopes to retain a two-thirds majority of the 222 seats up for grabs at the polls, which we going to see about a month or less after today. So mark your calender for the General Election. Watch the News at home but never forget to blog about it 🙂

The Election Commission will meet soon to fix the election date, though political analysts expect it to be held during the first ten days of March. Who is going to win in this coming General Election 2008?

Malaysia General Election 2008


I think Malaysia General Election 2008 is very very very near. Why? Because today, I see the weather and the wind blowing to that direction. (he! he! he!). Today almost all Newspapers in Malaysia have covered this hot topic in town “General Election”.

Photo from NST Online. Read more

Malaysia General Election 2008 News is also hot topic at Yahoo!Malaysia

 

  • Malaysia launches big-budget development projects before elections

AP – Tuesday, February 12

Malaysia’s government pledged Monday to lure more than US$100 billion (?70 billion) of investments to a jungle-clad state on Borneo island _ the latest in a series of heavily publicized economic initiatives ahead of elections expected next month.

  • Malaysia’s leader keeps nation in suspense over election date

    AP – Monday, February 11

    Malaysia’s leader refused to confirm speculation Sunday that Parliament would be dissolved Feb. 13 to pave the way for general elections, the national news agency reported.

So I think Pak Lah will dissolve the Parliament by tomorrow, February 13, 2008! (Ahah…just my guess…watch the prime news tonight! to confirm.).

Why February 13?

Political observers have said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi might choose that date because 13 is his favorite number and it would fit with expectations that polls would be held in early March.

Abdullah told a news conference during a visit to northern Penang state that “if you want to link (Parliament’s dissolution to) No. 13, you can link,” the Bernama news agency reported.

“Yes, I like that number because nobody wants it because of superstition,” Bernama quoted Abdullah as saying. “Since nobody wants No. 13, I take it.”

 

Since the election is around the corner, why not check your Electoral Roll here. It is interesting now since Our Malaysian General Election is concurrent with the US Presidential Campaign. The air is getting hotter now! Will there be a change in Malaysia as Barack Obama are saying in the US. That is to be seen. I smell a festival season in this coming General Election. A lot of speeches, a lot of issues, a lot of money and definitely a lot of stories for my blog.

Will Barisan Nasional win again? Or Will PAS win this time?

 

Or this time will be DAP’s year? Or Will Anuar and Keadilan prevail?

All will be answered by 8 March 2008.

Read the above post.

Before you go just to ease your mind before the Polling day, view this video and ponder about the lovely song . . . .

(News) – Sabah Development Corridor for 900,000 jobs


On August 1, 2007 I posted a post with the title: (News) – The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) and today we heard that our Premier, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said “This is not a daydream. We are not making an empty promise”. What does he mean by that? It is reported in local dailies that a total of RM105billlion in investments, 900,000 jobs, a waterfront city, tourism projects and a RM600million new Sabah Railwat terminal – these are among the things Sabahans will get when the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) is completed in 18 years.

In my previous post on NCER, I said “All these developments will have an impact in our life. We will see how it goes.” This statement is inline with the Premier statement today when he said that “Tackling poverty cuts across racial and religious lines and the Government’s target of eradicating the problem in 18 years is achievable”.

He outlined five key thrusts of the SDC, which will be to:

1. > make Sabah the gateway for trade, investment and tourism in the region.
2. > transform the state into a harmonious and prosperous state regardless of race or religion.
3. > make the state more technology-savvy to ensure a better quality of life.
4. > provide job opportunities in the state.
5. > make Sabah a comfortable state to live in with good quality of life accentuated with diverse cultures, heritage and environment.

What interest me are item no. 3 and item no. 4 which are related to what I am going to achieve online. That is to have a better broadband capability for the country as a whole and to Sabah in particular so that online business could take off to the next level between marketers in Peninsular Malaysia and with those in Sabah. This market sector have a great potential which already shown the impact to developed country like the United States way back in early 90’s. This is somehow I have said before in my previous post, “Surely, online business will also grow. Hopefully, Malaysia will also improve its broadband capacity to cater for the new businesses”. SDC will create more jobs offline or conventionally as reported for 900,000 jobs but the way I see it when item 3 above is fully develop, far more jobs shall be created online as well. Broadband will also trigger tourism industry as more and more tourists from developed countries will like to visit Malaysia simply because they are more towards an online community. So when they are in Malaysia, they will not miss their home so much as they will be connected to their families online. So blogging could be fun even when one are enjoying a cool breeze and the nature from Sabah forestry destinations. A superb way to promote Malaysia to those who are baby boomers or technology savvy tourists.

My previous thoughts were discussed and posted at The Borneo Post Online and BERNAMA.

Nationwide search for Sharlinie Mohd Nasyar who was abducted on 9 January 2008



HELP TO FIND SHARLINIE

A NATIONWIDE SEARCH

IS ON FOR SHARLINIE

WHO WAS ABDUCTED

NEAR HER HOME ON

09 JANUARY 2008.

Read the full story of the abduction here, http://www.nst.com.my/

How you could help? Download this poster and distribute to your area.

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