The Election Commission (EC) is supposed to be an impartial body, its members appointed by the Agong after consultation with the Rulers. Theoretically it reports directly to HM but after Dr Mahathir has emasculated the royals in 1992, we can safely assume the PM would be the power behind the Throne.
Who do I support, Dr Mahathir or the Royals? Well, it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Wikipedia tells or confirms to us our suspicions, that:
Members of the [Election] Commission are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King), who must consult with the Conference of Rulers and appoint a Commission which has the confidence of the public.
… has the confidence of the public? Wakakaka, don’t make my toes laugh ler!
Although the Constitution does not expressly require consultation with the Prime Minister in this regard, it has been argued that under Article 40 of the Constitution, the King cannot act on his own discretion unless explicitly stated; in all other cases, he must acquiesce to the advice of the Prime Minister, and as such the appointments to the Commission are made with the advice of the Prime Minister. Members of the Commission retire at the age of 65.
If HM must acquiesce to the PM's say so, then effectively the Chairperson of the EC may be also expected to acquiesce to the advice of the Prime Minister, and did we ever doubt that?
There has never been any doubt about the political allegiance of the Chairperson of the Election Commission (EC) and his deputy, but what has far far far exceeded this known fact has been the unbelievable revelation, that of their political memberships in UMNO. The former is a registered member of UMNO Ampang Division while his No 2 man is with UMNO Pasir Mas - read Malaysiakini's EC chief, deputy are 'registered Umno members'
So, with the known membership in UMNO of the EC two top persons, the question of ‘acquiescing’ is no longer relevant because you can rest assure they would be fully and pro-actively supporting their UMNO party chairperson, Najib Razak the PM, and f* the impartiality, neutrality or integrity required of their jobs for which the public has paid them to perform.
And to prove that Dr Mahathir knew what he was talking about when he accused “Melayu mudah lupa”, the EC Chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof and Deputy Chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar 'couldn’t remember' their UMNO membership when asked.
Memang Melayu berdua ni mudah lupalah wakakaka.
Precisely because concerned Malaysians are aware of the absence of impartiality and integrity in EC top executives, and now proven beyond any doubt, sweetie Ambiga Sreenevasan took it upon her good self to provide the leadership and organization to lead the Bersih protest movement to appeal to both King and country to restore clean and fair elections in Malaysia.
Bersih 2.0 was a resounding success, and as I mentioned in my post yesterday frightened the shit out of UMNO, principally because it was a Malaysian movement, not a Malay or Chinese or Hindraf-ish Indian rally, but a Malaysian one.
In typical moronic imbecility, UMNO thought it could prevent Bersih's 3rd rally from taking place by blockading Dataran Merdeka, the birthplace of our nation, little realizing by its infantile and idiotic actions, it has already conceded the war to Bersih.
Thanks to headlines such as (Malaysiakini's) Police get court order, Dataran off-limits for 4 days, Bersih 3.0 'now a security issue', says KL mayor and DBKL moves in to enforce Dataran lockdown, every Malaysian will now be more attentive to the actions and messages of Bersih, regardless of whether the protest rally occupies Dataran Merdeka.
Bersih has already achieved its aim, winning the war even before the battle has started.
And if the blue dressed thugs were to be so foolish as to resort to their Brown Shirt type actions, the reputation of Bersih will even move several notches up.
Poor poor Najib, who has been your advisor? You should not sack your cousin but that moronic advisor for helping Bersih more than the movement ever dreamed of achieving.
Yes, Bersih has won more than just a moral victory. How do I know? Just turn around to the person next to or behind you and ask with whom would his/her support and sympathy be.