Letters to MPs directing a vote to oppose the Rashid bill

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These are copies of letters sent to MPs directing that the MPs vote against the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2007 on 11th December, 2007 when it comes up for its second and third reading in Parliament.

By the bill, the government intends to make the mandatory retirement age of the Election Commission members 66 instead of the present 65.

Why?

So that the present chairman, Rashid, who turns 65 by year end, can continue to serve the BN government.

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To Ampang MP

Dear Y. B. Dr Rozaidah binti Talib 
 
CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2007 -Extension to the Retirement Age of EC Members to 66

This is with regard to the bill seeking an extension to the retirement age of EC members to 66, please vote against the amendment bill.

Need  I remind you that you are in Parliament to represent the interests of the people who elected you?  I require you to speak on my behalf in Parliament.  Please vote against the amendment bill.

Many a times our constitution has been amended to the detriment of the constitution itself and the country as a whole.

The constitution as you are aware is a sacred document and any amendment to it should thoroughly be discussed and debated and not pushed through in the last minute  as it is happening now.

Any way I do not see any good reason for extending the retirement age as there are I am sure a lot of independent non aligned non partisan candidates around to fill the vacancies. 

Besides that, in light of the now constant barrage of allegations against the EC, I am sure you will agree that this is actually an opportunity to put these allegations to rest by having a new EC chief.  But alas! what do we have here, an extension.

Something must be wrong with our legislative process and parliamentarians in particular if this amendment goes through.

This nation needs a responsible and impartial chairman for the Election Commission.  We need a new chairman for the EC if this nation is to move forward.  Please vote against the amendment bill.

I would therefore expect you as my MP for my constituency to voice, debate and object to this unnecessary time wasting self serving move to amend the constitution. 

You are elected by the people, for the people and to the people.   Please let your conscience prevail.

I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill and will check the Hansard in the coming days. I definitely look forward to having you as the representative in our area.

Do Remember to VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BILL.

Thank you,

Ravindran

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To Ulu Langat MP

Dear Sir,

re:        Constitutional Amendment to Article 114

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My name is Wong Kok Hei and I am a constituent in your parliamentary constituency.

I would like to draw your attention to the constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the EC members from 65 to 66.

Many a times our constitution have been amended to the detriment of the constitution itself and the country as a whole.

The constitution as you are aware is a sacred document and any amendment to it should thoroughly be discussed and debated and not pushed through in the last minute  as it is happening now.

Any way I do not see any good reason for extending the retirement age as there are I am sure a lot of independent non aligned non partisan candidates around to fill the vacancies. 

Besides that, in light of the now constant barrage of allegations against the EC, I am sure you will agree that this is actually an opportunity to put these allegations to rest by having a new EC chief.  But alas! what do we have here, an extension. Something must be wrong with our legislative process and parliamentarians in particular if this amendment goes through.

I would therefore expect you as my MP for my constituency to voice, debate and object to this unnecessary time wasting self serving move to amend the constitution. 

You are elected by the people, for the people and to the people.   Please let your conscience prevail.

Yours sincerely

WONG KOK HEI 

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To Tambun MP

Dear Y.B. Dato’ Haji Ahmad Husni bin Mohamad Hanadzlah,


PLEASE VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66

I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my view as a citizen through you as the MP representing my constituency.

I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the Election Commision chairman.

As a concern citizen, I would like to express my protest against this move as there are no plausible reasons for this. Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service. I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and changing the law just prior to the forthcoming General Elections.

I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill in the coming days.

It is necessary that you represent my view in Parliament. Other constituents and myself will check the Hansard to make sure that if you are speaking during the second and third reading of the bill, you will speak in our interests and against the bill.

Yang Berhormat, you are representing us and not the party. We want to retain an MP who will stand up for what is right and true and this will determine how we will vote in the coming General Elections.

Your constituent,

Thank you,

Mofie Augustine

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To Rasah MP

Dear Y.B. Datuk Goh Siow Huat,

PLEASE VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66
 
I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my view as a citizen through you as the MP representing my constituency.
 
I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the  Election Commision Chairman.
 
As a concern citizen, I would like to express my protest against this move as there are no plausible reasons for this.  Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service.  I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and changing the law just prior to the forthcoming GE.
 
I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill in the coming days.

It is necessary that you represent my view in Parliament.  Other constituents and  myself  will check the Hansard to make sure that if you are speaking during the second and third reading of the bill, you will speak in our interests and  against the bill.

YB, you are representing us and not the party. We want to retain an MP who will stand up for what is right and true and this will determine how we vote in the coming elections. 

Your constituent,

Thank you,

Mani

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To Pasir Gudang MP

Dear YB Dato Seri Mohamed Khaled bin Haji Nordin,

PLEASE VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66
 
I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my view as a citizen through you as the MP representing my constituency.
 
I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the  Election Commision chairman.
 
As a concern citizen, I would like to express my protest against this move as there are no plausible reasons for this.  Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service.  I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and changing the law just prior to the forthcoming GE.
 
I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill in the coming days.

It is necessary that you represent my view in Parliament.  Other constituents and  myself  will check the Hansard to make sure that if you are speaking during the second and third reading of the bill, you will speak in our interests and  against the bill.

YB, you are representing us and not the party. We want to retain an MP who will stand up for what is right and true and this will determine how we vote in the coming elections. 

Your constituent,

Thank you,

Viknes

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To Santubong MP

Yang Berhormat,
 
Selaku ahli Parlimen kawasan Santubong yang dipilih oleh saya, saya mahu Yang Berhormat untuk membantah pindaan Bil yang memanjangkan umur persaraan ahli SPR dari 65 kepada 66. Pindaan ini saya percaya merupakan satu usaha untuk mengubah/mereka keputusan pilihanraya akan datang kerana saya percaya pindaan ini dibuat bagi membolehkan Pengerusi SPR yang bersekongkol dengan BN untuk memenangkan BN di dalam pilihanraya.
 
Saya akan memeriksa hansard untuk memastikan Yang Berhormat mengundi ‘tidak’ kepada pindaan tersebut. Suka lah diingatkan kepada YB bahawa sekiranya saya dapati YB mengundi ‘ya’ kepada pindaan tersebut, undi saya pada masa hadapan tidaklah lagi ‘ya’kepada undi Yang Berhormat. Ingat tuan adalah dipilih untuk mewakili saya dan rakyat bukan parti.

Terima kasih. Semoga tuah membuka nurani YB supaya berubah.
 
Mohd Ilham

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To Gombak MP

KEPADA YB Datuk Dr Raman Bin Ismail (Ahli Parlimen P098 GOMBAK)
 
Bantahan terhadap Pindaan Perlembagaan Untuk Melanjutkan Usia Persaraan Ahli-Ahli Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya
Merujuk kepada perkara di atas, dengan segala hormatnya saya ingin menyuarakan bantahan saya terhadap cadangan pindaan perlembagaan untuk melanjutkan usia ahli-ahli Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya dari umur 65 tahun ke 66 tahun.
 
Adalah jelas bahawa cadangan pindaan ini ialah semata-mata untuk melanjutkan tempoh perkhidmatan pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya yang akan mencapai usia persaraan pada 31 Disember 2007. Tujuan bantahan saya terhadap pindaan ini adalah disebabkan saya berasa tidak puas dengan puas hati dengan proses pengendalian pilihanraya di Malaysia yang tidak telus.
 
Terdapat pelbagai kes di mana pertanyaan yang dibangkitkan olek rakyat tidak dijawab seperti cara agihan zon-zon pilihanraya, kehadiran nama-nama pengundi yang tidak wujud, dan lain-lain. Isu-isu yang tidak dijawab-jawab ini menunjukkan bahawa Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya tidak menjalankan tanggungjawab beliau dengan sepenuhnya dan tidak harus disambungkan tempoh perkhidmatan beliau.
 
Saya difahamkan bahawa parlimen akan mengadakan bacaan kedua dan ketiga mengenai isu di atas pada 11 Disember 2007. Saya berharap bahawa tuan sebagai wakil rakyat di kawasan parlimen saya akan mengundi untuk MEMBANTAH pindaan ini.
 
Sekian, terima kasih.
 
Yang benar
 
Rajam Paul

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To Ipoh Timur MP

Kepada: YB Tuan Lim Kit Siang (Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timur)

 Bantahan terhadap Pindaan Perlembagaan untuk melanjutkan usia persaraan ahli-ahli Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya 

Merujuk kepada perkara di atas, dengan segala hormatnya saya ingin menyuarakan bantahan saya terhadap cadangan pindaan perlembagaan untuk melanjutkan usia ahli-ahli Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya dari umur 65 tahun ke 66 tahun.

Adalah jelas bahawa cadangan pindaan ini ialah semata-mata untuk melanjutkan tempoh perkhidmatan pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya yang akan mencapai usia persaraan pada 31 Disember 2007. Tujuan bantahan saya terhadap pindaan ini adalah disebabkan saya berasa tidak puas hati dengan proses pengendalian pilihanraya di Malaysia yang tidak telus.

Terdapat pelbagai kes di mana pertanyaan yang dibangkitkan olek rakyat tidak dijawab seperti cara agihan zon-zon pilihanraya, kehadiran nama-nama pengundi yang tidak wujud, dan lain-lain. Isu-isu yang tidak dijawab-jawab ini menunjukkan bahawa Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya tidak menjalankan tanggungjawab beliau dengan sepenuhnya dan tidak harus disambungkan tempoh perkhidmatan beliau.

Saya difahamkan bahawa parlimen akan mengadakan bacaan kedua dan ketiga mengenai isu di atas pada 11 Disember 2007. Saya berharap bahawa tuan sebagai wakil rakyat di kawasan parlimen saya akan mengundi untuk membantah pindaan ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Yang benar

  Lee Jia Jack

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To Subang MP

Dear YB. Tan Sri Dato Dr. K. S. Nijhar,
 
Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of EC Chairman/Members.
 
I refer to the above which I am given to understand will be tabled in Parliament for the second and third reading on Dec 11th.

Please acknowledge that you will speak on my behalf as a voting person of Subang area that I am not happy with this Amendment Bill as it does not make any logical sense for the age to be increase at all.
 
Please debate and let them know on my behalf and the people of Subang area.

Malaysians deserve a new impartial Chairman of the EC who will work for us without fear or favor and ensure a fair and democratic election process.

Thank you.

Your constituent,

Liew Sau Chun

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Dear YB. Tan Sri Dato Dr. K. S. Nijhar,
 
Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of EC Chairman/Members.
 
I refer to the above which I am given to understand will be tabled in Parliament for the second and third reading on Dec 11th.

Please acknowledge that you will speak on my behalf as a voting person of Subang area that I am not happy with this Amendment Bill as it does not make any logical sense for the age to be increase at all.
 
Please debate and let them know on my behalf and the people of Subang area.

Malaysians deserve a new impartial Chairman of the EC who will work for us without fear or favor and ensure a fair and democratic election process.

Thank you.

Your constituent,

Liew It Fan

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Dear Sir, 

Re: Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of Election Commission (“EC”) Chairman/Members 

I am a member of your constituency and I write to you to express my concern regarding a proposed amendment to Article 114 of the Constitution of Malaysia to extend the retirement age of EC members from 65 to 66 that is currently being discussed in the Parliament. I would like to kindly encourage you to vote no to the amendment. 

This lightning move to amend the constitution is obviously to enable current EC chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman – due for mandatory retirement on 31 December 2007 when he reaches 65 – to preside over a critical general election that may take place soon. 

I feel that Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman has not addressed the various criticisms over the integrity of the election process in this country. His lost of credibility, hence, renders his continuity in his position as the chairperson of EC inappropriate. 

I like to give you the support to vote AGAINST the amendment during the second reading of the amendment on 11th December 2007. 

May you see the wisdom to do the right thing. 

Many thanks for your kind consideration. 

Daniel KM Chow

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Dear MP Nijhar,
 
I am one of the many registered voters of your constituency. Hence the reason why I’m writing this email to you. It is an open secret that the next election is around the corner and to ensure the efficiency and transparency of the next election, we need a new EC chairman. Yes, we NEED a new election chairman. Let me explain my reason for the aforesaid agenda.
 
I’m extremely disappointed with the way the election committee is handling the registration of new voters. As a new voter, I expect everything to be in order before the big day! AS a diligent and eager voter, I did a check on the electoral roll lately to ensure that all my particulars are in order. To my dismay, I was registered as a male when infact i’m a female. Well, I thought all I need to do was to call up the Election Committee and get the particulars corrected. This I have done about 5 weeks ago (twice) and about a week back, I called up the EC again to have the particulars amended and again I was told that someone will look into this matter. I did not wait further and then decided to email the SPR. Finally, some news from the SPR i.e. someone from the Selangor state Election Committee Office will look into this matter.
 
Pardon me for I may be wrong, but i highly doubt that I am. The question is:- does it really take that long and that much of effort to have such a minute and easily corrected particular amended? It seems more like a click on the computer would have easily corrected the wrong!!! I simply do not understand the need to wait for weeks to have my particulars corrected!!! And if this stand in the way for me to carry out my duty to vote…I will be extremely disappointed and at the same time, furious at the EC especially the chairman for the lackadaisical attitude of the EC staff. If the chairman of the EC is unaware of such inefficiency, he is totally to be blamed. Aren’t all leaders suppose to know what’s going on with his/her staff or department? The current EC chairman has failed, at least to me, in the most basic of all tasks, i.e. to ensure that all particulars of voters are correctly entered into the data.
 
MP Nijhar,  I reckon that my case is just one of the many other cases of wronged particulars that are waiting to be corrected. If one simple amendment would take months to be corrected, I have no idea how long exactly does the EC takes to delete details of deceased voters, transfer voters from one constituency to another and etc. Hence this lead to my utmost curiosity of how updated is the electoral roll and is this one of the reason why there are so many phantom voters in the electoral roll?-Too much time needed to update and too little time to delete the electoral roll?
 
Please do the most sensible thing for your people, MP Nijhar. Deny the current EC Chairman of ‘serving’ another term. Please make this known during the MP seatings at the Parliament. Clearly, he does not deserves it. I am sure we have better choices of candidates than what we already have now. We the people clearly deserves a new EC chairman who is mostly dedicated to his work. MP, as our elected representative, I am hopeful that you would help us voice this out at the Parliament.
 
Last but not least, thanks for your kind attention.
 
Yours sincerely,
Regina Ho.

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To Bukit Bendera MP

Dear YB Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye
 
PLEASE VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66
 
I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my view as a citizen through you as the MP representing my constituency.
 
I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the  Election Commision chairman.
 
As a concern citizen, I would like to express my protest against this move as there are no compelling reasons to do so.
 
Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service, especially so when many feel he had not been performing his job fairly. It is long overdue that a person with more integrity be appointed to ensure free and fair elections

I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and even if there are, they should provide ample time for Parliament to deliberate on this very important matter that requires an amendment to our Constitution, instead of  pushing through just before the coming GE.
 
To be honest, I doubt you will represent my view in Parliament. I am immune to BN MPs voting along party lines without any regard for the rakyat who voted them into Parliament.
 
Nevertheless, I am writing just to satisfy myself and the Peoples Parliament that it is an exercise in futility and the government needs more drastic action such as street protest, petition to the King and appeal to international community before they will take any notice of the peoples’ grievances and concern for the betterment of the country.

BN has lost its sensitivity to the peoples aspiration as proven time and again by the self denial and outrageous statements issued by various BN leaders ranging from the backbenchers right up to the Prime Minister.
 
In my opinion there are only two BN representatives that I believe live up to the expectations of the rakyat namely YB Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim and YB Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon. I hope more BN MPs will emulate their outstanding statesmanship.
 
Thank you,

K.Y. Chong

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To Kelana Jaya MP

Dear Sir,

 CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2007- Extension to the Retirement Age of EC Members to 66 

In relation to the bill seeking an extension to the retirement age of EC members to 66, please vote against the amendment bill.

 I need to remind you that you are in Parliament to represent my interest. You are in Parliament to speak on my behalf. Please vote against the amendment bill. 

This nation needs a responsible, non-partisan chairman of the EC.  We need a new chairman of the EC if this nation is to move forward. I refuse to allow this nation to perish by irresponsible leaders. Please vote against the amendment bill.

I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill in the coming days. I should look forward to you as my representative in the coming years too.

Remember to VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BILL.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Yoke Imm

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Dear YB,

RE: Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of EC Chairman/Members

I am not a member of any political party – BN or opposition and am just a concerned Malaysian voter and do not support any particular party be it BN or opposition either. And I have voted BN and also opposition in previous elections out of my own choice and given rights. However given the current situation in Malaysia today with the rampant and blatant corruption and sheer arrogance of the people we elected to “serve us” which was perhaps also due to the apathy we voters have shown in the past and all the misinformation fed to us by the “mainstream media” I have decided to make a stand now before it is too late.On 10-Eleven I walked with BERSIH as I fully believe in and support their noble aims and reasonable requests to clean up the EC and the electoral system and process and ensure a fair and democratic Election as provided under our Constitution.It is most disturbing to learn that our Constitution has been amended so many times from the time when it was first drawn up and presently for the most trivial reason of extending the term of just a mere “civil servant” (as pointed out by an opposition politician) another amendment will be “bulldozed” through again.I am totally against this further abuse and rape of our most venerable Constitution and would like my representative as Member of Parliament to speak out from his conscience irrespective of which party he is from and vote against this outright abuse of power. I demand a new impartial Chairman of the EC who will work for us without fear or favor and ensure a fair and democratic election process now and in future and my voice and the voices of many others I am sure will be heard come the next general elections. Anak Bangsa Malaysia

Amelia Vijayamala

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To PJ Selatan MP

 Dear YB,

I am a member of your constituency and was part of  the PJ Selatan group which met up with you sometime back to discuss crucial issues affecting our nation.

Since then, we have witnessed  more and more appalling issues surfacing and horrendous events unfolding,  including the Lingam Tape,  the victimization of the marginalised, the dubious increase in voters in certain constituencies such as Ipoh Timur. The latest and what I find the most offensive is the putting forth of  the Amendment Bill for the Elections Commission  to increase the retirement age from 65 to 66 of its chairman.
 
 The fact that this is being done just before the forthcoming General Elections smacks of hidden agendas.  You and I know full well why this is being done so I need not elaborate further. But it would  be good to look at this chairman’s track record and evaluate what he has been saying recently and what he has not done.Considering the fact that the current chairman has been on some crucial matters dismissive of the rakyat’s concerns, it is imperative that we get  a new chairman of the EC.

As my MP, you represent my interests and that of the other constituents. Hence,  I call upon you to vote against the Amendment Bill. Other constituents and  I  will check the Hansard to make sure that if you are speaking during the second and third reading of the bill, you will speak in our interests and  against the bill.

YB, you are representing us and not the party. We want to retain an MP who will stand up for what is right and true and this will determine how we vote in the coming elections. 

Your constituent, 

Farida Jivamala Ibrahim

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Dear YB Dato’ Donald Lim Siang Chai,

Sub : Objection to Amendment of Article 114

With reference to the above, I am writing to you to express displeasure on a current move in the parliament seeking to extend the retirement age of the Election Commission members to 66 years. The first reading was on the 20th of November 2007. The second and third reading is scheduled for the 11th of December 2007.

2.         I do not see this amendment as something justifiable. On the contrary, it appears to be a very questionable move with underlying hidden agendas by certain parties to retain the current Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman. With no disrespect to you sir, I am very dumbfounded to see politicians and ministers treating the Federal Constitution as something that can be bent and changed according to their whims and wills. As you are well aware, we are at the verge of a system meltdown. The Malaysian judiciary has been put to trial after the exposing of the Lingam tape. We have seen two massive street demonstrations in one month. The decay in the system needs to stop here before we reach melting point. 

3.         I am therefore against this amendment bill and want a new chairman of the Election Commission.

4.         Being one of the few wise and impartial Members of the Parliament whom I voted for, I ask of you sir, to also vote against this amendment bill.

5.         I will be looking forward to reading about you speak against this bill in the Hansard. With all due respect, your decision and actions on this amendment bill will determine my vote for you in the coming elections.

Thanking you in advance.

 “Towards Clean and Fair Elections”

Your Constituent

SARAVANAN A/L RAMASAMY

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To Bukit Katil MP

YB,

Bantahan Terhadap Usul Perubahan Artikel 114 Perlembagaan Malaysia  

Salam sejahtera tuan.

Berdasarkan kepada tajuk diatas, saya, Shriram Venugopal, seseorang penduduk dalam kawasan parlimen Bukit Katil, ingin menyuarakan bantahan terhadap cadangan mengubah Artikel 114 Perlembagaan Malaysia yang dibentangkan oleh Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz pada 20 November 2007. Bantahan saya berkenaan dengan usul menaikkan umur persaraan mandatori ahli-ahli Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) dari 65 kepada 66 tahun.  Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa cadangan ini adalah untuk membolehkan Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman kekal sebagai pengerusi SPR walaupun beliau sepatutnya bersara pada 31 Disember 2007.  Perubahan tersebut terhadap perlembagaan merupakan sesuatu isu yang serius, walaupun perubahan tersebut dianggap perubahan kecil, kerana berpotensi membawa kesan besar terhadap rakyat dan negara. Perlembagaan kita juga merupakan undang-undang tertinggi negara, dan juga tonggak keadilan di negara, dan tidak harus diubah sewenag-wenagnya demi kepentingan sesetengah pihak. Justeru, saya menyarankan Tuan, sebagai wakil rakyat saya, untuk membantah perubahan tersebut di parlimen semasa bacaan kedua usul tersebut pada 11 Disember 2007. Saya percaya bahawa tuan akan mementingkan kepentingan rakyat dan bertindak sebagai seorang wakil rakyat, dan bukannya bertindak sebagai seseorang ‘wakil parti’ yang hanya bertunduk kepada arahan ketua-ketua parti BN. Saya akan merujuk kepada Hansard bagi mengetahui sama ada tuan membantah usul tersebut atau tidak. Tindakan tuan di parlimen akan mempengaruhi  sokongan saya, keluarga dan rakan-rakan saya terhadap tuan dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. 

Sekiranya perlu, tuan bolehlah membaca surat ini di parlimen sebagai satu contoh bantahan rakyat terhadap usul berkenaan. Saya juga berharap tuan sudi mengakui penerimaan surat ini dengan menghantar emel kepada saya.

 Akhirnya, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada tuan kerana meluangkan masa bagi membaca surat ini dan menyuarakan pendapat saya.Sekian, terima kasih. 

Yang Benar,  

Shriram Venugopal.

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To Titiwangsa MP

Dear Sir,

I am a resident in the area of Titiwangsa and I would like to thank you for the work you have done for the area so far. I have written to you before and I would greatly appreciate it if you could invest in some time to read this email.

I write to you to express my concern regarding a proposed amendment to Article 114 of the Constitution of Malaysia to extend the retirement age of EC members from 65 to 66 that is currently being discussed in the Parliament. I would like to kindly encourage you to vote no to the amendment.

The amendment is being proposed to accommodate one person at a particular point in time and nothing else. It is no accident that the current EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman is nearing his mandatory retirement age.

Amendments of this nature is very damaging to our country’s institutional structure. It gives the impression that our institution and our Constitution are easily made undone at a moment’s whim. I strongly feel that for any law to be respected, it shouldn’t be easily amended to suit a very short-term goal. It is hard to have respect for the law when the law is being formed, modified and unformed in a very discretionary manner. The Constitution is the document that governs us and it worries me that the Constitution is being considered for an amendment with clear disregard for the future in favor of instant gratification.

Greater consideration that firmly keeps a long term view on the integrity of our institution must prevail over any short-term amendment such as that in question.

I kindly hope you are able to agree with me and vote no to the amendment.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Hafiz Noor Shams

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To PJ Utara MP

YB,
 
On Nov 20, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz tabled for first reading the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 that seeks to extend the retirement age of members of Election Commission (EC) from 65 to 66. This bill will be tabled for second and third reading on Dec 11.

This lightning move to amend the constitution is obviously to enable current EC chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman – due for mandatory retirement on Dec 31 when he reaches 65 – to preside over a critical general election that may take place soon.

As a PJ Utara voter, I want you to vote against the amendment bill.

It disturbs me that the ammendment looks like as if it was specially tailored for the specific purpose of keeping the current EC chairperson in this position until the GE takes place.
 
If you believe in fairness, and that you do not need any extra “help” in retaining your seat, I urge you to find out more about the reasons behind this constitution ammendment, and to vote according to your conscience. Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon of Gerakan has allowed his conscience to speak up on the recent marches. Will you not do the same?

This also serves as a gentle reminder that you are in parliament to represent me and not the party.
 
I will check Hansard to make sure that if you speak during the second and third reading of the bill.

I want a new chairman of the EC, one who will be fair and bersih.
 
thank you

Ms. JT Leong

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Dear YB Datin,

 

RE: Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of EC Chairman/Members
 
I refer to the above which I am given to understand will be tabled in Parliament for the second and third reading on Dec 11th.
 
I am not a member of any political party – BN or opposition. In fact, I voted for you in the last election. I also voted for Datuk Wong Sai Hau for state assembly as well.

 

I sit on many government appointed committees. We also organize a major event annually that is supported by 14 Malaysian ministries.

In fact, the company that I run has supported the MCA in the SS2 and SS1 area and given both time and money for “people’s projects”.

I do not see any logical reason as to why this amendment must go through. It is most disturbing to learn that our Constitution has been amended so many times since it was first drawn up compared to the United States or even neighboring Singapore.

Many Malaysians fear that we are amending our constitution for most trivial reason of extending the term of “a mere civil servant”. We do not want this to be bulldozed again.
 
Enough is enough. I am totally against this progressive rape of our most venerable Constitution.

Malaysians deserve a new impartial Chairman of the EC who will work for us without fear or favor and ensure a fair and democratic election process.

I trust that you will be truly “wakil Rakyat” and serve the voters of your constituency. We will all be watching your vote carefully.

Thanking you and in advance for your great contribution to the future of our nation.

Dato’ Dr Rajen

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YB Chew Mei Fun,
 
I am writing to you regarding the tabling of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 on 20 Nov, which is seeking to extend the retirement age of members of Election Commission (EC) from 65 to 66.

 

This bill will be tabled for the second and third reading on Dec 11. It looks like the amendment is to enable Tan Sri Rashid to preside over the upcoming GE — as he will be turning 65 on 31 Dec.

 

Why does it matter who runs the elections, if the elections are clean, free and fair? Why is Rashid the only one who can do the job?

 

I am a PJ Utara voter, and I want you to vote against the amendment bill. 

I hope you will vote according to your conscience, and not just to toe the party line.

 

You are in Parliament to serve the rakyat. I hope you speak up during the reading of the bill ‘cos I will be checking the Hansard for your views.

 

Have a nice day.

 

Yours,

 

Medaline Chang

 

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Dear YB Datin Chew,

 

URGENT matter below. Regarding recent meeting follow immediately after:
Regarding the impending Constitution Amendment, If we do not get a response, it will be reported as getting no response. we will like to have your response as soon as possible.Regarding what had been discussed can  wait.

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We will like to know how you are going to vote w.r.t.the proposed Constitutional Amendment below:

Rashid is due to retire on 31st December, 2007.

 

The Executive has proposed a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age to 66.

 

On 20th November, 2007, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 was tabled in Parliament for its first reading. This bill seeks to extend the retirement age of EC members to 66.

 

The bill is scheduled for the second and third reading on 11th December, 2007.

 

I, my family, relatives and many voters of PJ Utara is not in favor of the amendment and will like you to vote against it. Will you do it? We will like you represent PJ Utara, your Constituent and the voters who voted for you, I and many members of my family and relative voted for you. We will like you to represent us.

 

Thank you.

 

Peter Chen

 

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To Seputeh MP 

Dear YB Puan Teresa.
 
  I am Eric Lim Kian Huat from Seputeh MP and I would want to oppose strongly that the Amendment Bill for the EC to increase the retirement age from 65 to 66.
 
 I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and even if they have did it, they should have debated on this issue months ago instead of now pushing it just before the coming GE.
 
  Please acknowledge that you will speak on my behalf as a voting person of Seputeh area that I am NOT happy with this Amendment Bill as it does not make any sense for the age to be increase at all.
 
  Please debate and let them know on my behalf and the people of Seputeh area.
 
 Regards,
 
Eric Lim

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Dear YB Teresa,

In response to the call by The People’s Parliament, I’m writing to you to request that you vote against the above Bill on the 11th December 2007. The Constitution is a sacred document and shouldn’t be amended just for the sake of one person (of course we know it’s actually for the sake of the Government so that together with this one person, they can continue to cheat the rakyat of our democratic rights for a fair and free election).

Your constituent,

Lim Sian Pheng

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Dear YB Miss Teresa

I am from Sri Petaling, KL which is under your Seputeh Constituency, would like to give you the fullest
support on your vote and debate against the Amendment Bill for the EC to increase the retirement age
to 66 years-old.

Thank you.
Regards.
Amy Leong

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Dear Y.B Teresa Kok Suh Sim,

 

Sub : Objection to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007

 

With reference to the above, I am very displeased that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had, on the 20th of November 2007, tabled for first reading; the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 seeking to extend the retirement age of the Election Commission members to 66 years. The second and third reading is scheduled for the 11th of December 2007.

2.         I do not see this amendment as something justifiable. On the contrary, it appears to be a very questionable move with underlying hidden agendas by certain parties to retain the current Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman. With no disrespect to you sir, I am very dumbfounded to see politicians and ministers treating the Federal Constitution as something that can be bent and changed according to their whims and wills. As you are well aware, we are at the verge of a system meltdown. The Malaysian judiciary has been put to trial after the exposing of the Lingam tape. We have seen two massive street demonstrations in one month. The decay in the system needs to stop here before we reach melting point.

3.         I am therefore against this amendment bill and want a new chairman of the Election Commission.

4.         Being one of the few wise and impartial Members of Parliament, I am urging you madam, to also vote against this amendment bill.

5.         I will be looking forward to reading about you speaking against this bill in the Hansard. With all due respect, your decision and actions on this amendment bill will determine my vote for you in the coming elections.

Thanking you in advance. 

“Towards Clean and Fair Elections”

Sincerely

SAGEETHA A/P SATHEESAN

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To Puchong MP

YB Lau,
 
I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my views as a citizen through the ‘proper’ channels.
 
I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the  Election Commision chairman.
 
As a concerned citizen I would like to protest against this move as there is no compelling reason to do so.
 
1. Are there no qualified Malaysians out there to fill the position?
2. Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service?
3. There has been many allegations against the chairman of being a lackey of the BN. Shouldnt a new person with more integrity been appointed to ensure free and fair elections?
 
I hope that YB will listen to the voice of the people and attend the reading of the bill and to voice the people’s objection to this amendment. Your president has made a statement that party members are ALLOWED to voice their positions (especially if it is the people’s as well). I say not only are you allowed, but are obligated to do so.
 
Thank you for your representation.
 
Sam Tan
 
 
PS Please remember that just because people protest against certain issues doesnt mean we dont want the BN government. It just means that we dont agree with some of the positions and practices of the BN government. If the government doesnt listen to dissenting views, the people will have no choice but to vote the opposition to register their protest.

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Dear Y.B. Lau Yeng Peng,
 
CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2007- Extension to the Retirement Age of EC Members to 66

 This is with regard to the bill seeking an extension to the retirement age of EC members to 66, please vote against the amendment bill.

Need  I remind you that you are in Parliament to represent the interests of the people who elected you?  I require you to speak on my behalf in Parliament.  Please vote against the amendment bill.

This nation needs a responsible and impartial chairman for the Election Commission.  We need a new chairman for the EC if this nation is to move forward.  Please vote against the amendment bill.

I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill and will check the Hansard in the coming days. I definitely look forward to having you as the representative in our area.

Do Remember to VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BILL.

Thank you,

SARAVANA

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To Ipoh Barat MP

Dear Sir

PLEASE VOTE AGAINST ‘AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66’

With due respect for your position as Member of Parliament representing Ipoh Barat, I am writing to ask you to vote against the Prime Minister’s call to extend the retirement age of EC members to 66. Without having to elaborate much, we know what he is plotting towards.

The 2nd and 3rd reading of the Bill will be on December 11, 2007. Please raise your objections and vote against the passing of this amendment.

As a rakyat, I am counting on you to voice out my dissent on this.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely

Lai Peng

Bercham

Ipoh Barat

 

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To Lembah Pantai MP

 

Dear Y.B. Datuk Seri Shahrizat binti Abdul Jalil,
 
I refer to the above matter that seeks to extend the retirement age of members of Election Commission (EC) from 65 to 66.
 
As MP of my constituency, I kindly request that you vote against this amendment. I will be checking the Hansard to see how you vote.
 
As MP of Lembah Pantai, I trust that you are here to represent your rakyat and not your party. Your performance will determine how I vote in the upcoming elections.
 
Thank you for your kind attention.
 
Sincerely,
Bindoo

 

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To Jelutong MP

 

Dear YB,

 

With matter pertaining to Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 , i would like you to vote AGAINST it as per
my will since you should be representing the people. I will be checking on the Hansard to make sure that if
you speaks during the second and third reading of the bill, that you speaks against the bill.

 

Kindly acknowledge your receipt of this e-mail by replying.

 

Thank you.

 

With rgds,

Tan Chin Tien

 

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To Bintulu MP

 

RE: Constitutional Amendment to extend retirement age of EC Chairman/Members
 
I refer to the above which I am given to understand will be tabled in Parliament for the second and third reading on Dec 11th.
 
I am not a member of any political party – BN or opposition and am just a concerned Malaysian voter and do not support any particular party be it BN or opposition either. And I have voted BN and also opposition in previous elections out of my own choice and given rights.
 
However given the current situation in Malaysia today with the rampant and blatant corruption and sheer arrogance of the people we elected to “serve us” which was perhaps also due to the apathy we voters have shown in the past and all the misinformation fed to us by the “mainstream media” I have decided to make a stand now before it is too late.
 
On 10-Eleven I walked with BERSIH as I fully believe in and support their noble aims and reasonable requests to clean up the EC and the electoral system and process and ensure a fair and democratic Election as provided under our Constitution.
 
It is most disturbing to learn that our Constitution has been amended so many times from the time when it was first drawn up and presently for the most trivial reason of extending the term of just a mere “civil servant” (as pointed out by an opposition politician) another amendment will be “bulldozed” through again.
 
I am totally against this further abuse and rape of our most venerable Constitution and would like my representative as Member of Parliament to speak out from his conscience irrespective of which party he is from and vote against this outright abuse of power. I demand a new impartial Chairman of the EC who will work for us without fear or favor and ensure a fair and democratic election process now and in future and my voice and the voices of many others I am sure will be heard come the next general elections.
 
 
 
Ivan Sim

 

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To Cheras MP

 

Dear YB Mr Tan.
 
 
I am Alex Ewe from Cheras MP and i want to oppose strongly that the Amendment Bill  for the EC to increase the retirement age from 65 to 66.
 
I don’t see any reason for the increase of age justification,and even if they have did it,they should have debate on this issue months ago instead of now pushing it just before the coming GE.
 
Please acknowledge that you will speak on my behalf as a voting person of Cheras area that i am not happy with this Amendment Bill as it does not make any sense for the age to be increase at all.
 
Please debate and let them know on my behalf and the people of Cheras area.
 
Regards,
 

Alex ewe

 

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To Segambut MP

 

RE: Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 to Extend EC Members’ Retirement Age to 66

 

Dear YB Tan Kee Kwong,

 

I have been your supporter and voted for you in the last two elections.

 

I read that the Government had tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 recently to extend the retirement age of the Election Commission members to 66. This bill is scheduled for 2nd and 3rd reading on 11 December 2007.

 

In view of the many accusation of Electoral misrepresentation and the current chairman’s failure to ensure a fair election, we need a new Chairman to represent the Election Commission.

 

As your supporter and voter, I want you to vote against the amendment bill. I will check Hansard to confirm that you speak against the bill during the second and third reading. Please be reminded that as our MP, you are there to represent us and not the party. Please also be reminded that how you vote on this bill will determine how I will vote in the coming election.

 

I want a new chairman of the EC.

 

SKChua

 

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Dear Sir,
 
My name is Lim Ewe Seng and I am residing at Taman Tun Dr Ismail.  I have been voting for BN all my life and
today I would like to draw your attention to my great concern regarding the recent move to amend the Federal
Constitution to extend the retirement age of the Election Commission members from 65 to 66 so that Enche Abdul
Rashid Abdul Rahman can continue to helm the Election Commission for another year.  I strongly disagree to this
amendment for the following reason:
 
1.  We must not be messing around with the Federal Constitution in order to meet the selfish needs of the BN
     government.
2.  The present EC Chairman, Abdul Rashid, is not clean, fair and independent.  There are too many flaws and
     shortcomings in our Election System esp. the tainted Electoral Roll of voters which needs urgent clean-up,  the
     gerrymandering of constituencies, postal vote issues and many others.  Inche Abdul Rashid has failed in his duties
     and it will be better for us to have a new and more responsible EC Chairman.
 
As my MP and representing our interest, I strongly urge you not  to support this amendment to the Constitution.  As I
have said, I have always voted for BN but if you vote for this amendment, I will definitely not vote for BN in this coming
General Election.  I will also convince all my family members, neighbours and friends regarding this subject matter.
I am writing this urgent plea to you as there is an utmost need for a clean and fair General Election as our future and
the future of our children and grand children are at stake.  A clean and fair General Election leads to a clean and fair
government.  We dont want a corrupted government or one that abuses power.
 
Thank-you.
 
 
Lim Ewe Seng

 

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Dear YB Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong
 
PLEASE VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT OF BILL TO EXTEND THE RETIREMENT AGE OF EC MEMBERS TO 66
 
I am a resident in your constituency and would like to channel my view as a citizen through you as the MP representing my constituency.
 
I understand there will be a debate on a constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of the  Election Commision chairman.
 
As a concern citizen, I would like to express my protest against this move as there are no plausible reasons for this.  Why are we amending an important document, our constitution, just to retain one person in service.  I do not see any reason for the increase of age justification, and changing the law just prior to the forthcoming GE.
 
I shall be looking forward to your vote against the amendment bill in the coming days.

 

 It is necessary that you represent my view in Parliament.  Other constituents and  myself  will check the Hansard to make sure that if you are speaking during the second and third reading of the bill, you will speak in our interests and  against the bill.

 

YB, you are representing us and not the party. We want to retain an MP who will stand up for what is right and true and this will determine how we vote in the coming elections. 

 

Your constituent,

 

Thank you,

 

Devi

 

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Dear Y.B. Tan
 
I am a voter registered to vote in the constituency of Kepong. Of course this is not your constituency. Yet I feel compelled to write to you as I have read that Gerakan intends to pitch you for the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kepong constituency in the forthcoming general elections.
 
This of course is a constituency that was previously one that was held by your father both under the Gerakan as well as the Pekamas party, at least as far as I recall. He may have also served it when he was in the Labour Party, or whatever it was that it was called.
 
You have served Segambut well and have earned every right to continue serving it as your Segambut constituents know you only too well and I do believe support you. However, if what I read is true, then there are possibly two, maybe more interpretations to it.
 
Barisan Nasional acknowledges that Kepong will always be an opposition seat and what they need is a dragon slayer and they have identified that person to be you. After all you are Tan Chee Khoon’s son and that name so many years after his demise still resonates with a lot of the older people especially.  Obviously if that was the only thought behind the suggestion that you take on the Kepong seat, it would be in honour and respect of you and what you might achieve.
 
However, when I factor how after the last elections you were reduced to being just another back- bencher from your previous positions as Deputy Minister or Parliamentary Secretary, I cannot but consider the possibility of some sinister way of getting rid of you all together on the premise that Segambut is  a sure thing for a BN victory whoever the candidate. . Are you so expandable that if you won Kepong, that would be a bonus and if you lost, there would be no great loss?
 
It is indeed sad to see you reduced to this. You are a nice guy after all and you are well respected in your constituency. That you are expandable in the eyes of the powers that be only seems to suggest that your presence in their midst is a little inconvenient to them.  Why? Because you don’t know how to be corrupt like them? Or you don’t know how to “close one eye”? Or you are the visible personification of their guilty conscience and they can’t stand that anymore?
 
Dr Tan, you are soon going to be confronted with the choice of tearing up, once again, and walking and stamping all over the nation’s most important sacred document. The Malaysian Constitution. All because the powers that be want to extend the term of office of the Chairman of the Election Commission by just one year. This of course means he will preside over the coming general elections. Now, do you honestly believe that another term of this man in that position is so important an excuse that it warrants visiting upon the constitution another botch? Do you actually accept the argument that nobody else can conduct the next elections fairly?
 
Dr Tan, you know that there is no more future in Gerakan for you. You have this opportunity to redeem yourself to do the right thing in so far as giving the Consitution the respect that it deserves.  If not your conscience I hope and pray that your Christian faith will intervene for you to do the right thing.
 
YB Teresa Kok provided me your e-mail address. I am copying this mail to her as well as to Peoples’ Parliament host Haris Ibrahim. We shall together pray that you do the right thing.
 
Regards
 
 
A. William

 

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To Selayang MP

 

RE: Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 to Extend EC Members’ Retirement Age to 66 

Dear YB Dato Seri Chan Kong Choy, 

I am your loyal supporter. 

I read that the Government had tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 recently to extend the retirement age of the Election Commission members to 66. This bill is scheduled for 2nd and 3rd reading on 11 December 2007. 

In view of the many accusations of Electoral misrepresentation and the current chairman’s failure to ensure impartiality and a fair election, we need a new Chairman to represent the Election Commission. 

As your supporter and voter, I respectfully ask you to vote against the amendment bill. I will check Hansard to confirm that you spoke against the bill during the second and third readings. I am also respectfully reminding you as our MP, you are there to represent the interests of your people and not the party.  How you vote on this bill will determine how I will vote in the coming general elections. 

I would like to see a change in the election system in Malaysia and a change in the  Election Commission!  

Yours Sincerely, 

Andrew Lee

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To Serdang MP

Dear YB,
 
RE: Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 to Extend EC Members’ Retirement Age to 66
 
 I am Dr Wong Ang Lai from Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, under the Serdang Parlimentary Constituency.
 
I want you, as my MP, to speak out against the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 for the EC to increase the retirement age from 65 to 66.
 
The Constitution is a sacred document and must not be amended or changed for such a frivolous reason. There is no justification for the amendment at this late stage when the next General Election is due soon. I am sure there are many qualified, fair and honest candidates available to fill the position.
 
With the current wide-spread perception of Electoral misrepresentation and the current chairman’s failure to ensure fairness, we need a new Chairman to represent the Election Commission.
 
I will be following this matter closely and will vote accordingly in the next election, based on your response to this urgent issue.
 
Thank you,
 
Regards,
 
Dr Wong Ang Lai

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To Batu  Kawan MP

YB Huan Cheng Guan,

 MAKE MALAYSIA BETTER THIS 11TH DECEMBER 

I am writing to you to express my strong objection against the Constitution Amendment Bill(2007) or ‘Rashid’ Bill as it is more aptly called, which, if passed will enable the incumbent EC chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman to stay on the job for one more year. It is an absolutely unnecessary amendment that can only be construed as an unethical move by certain parties to manipulate the election process.

 

DO THE RIGHT THING by rejecting the bill. This is the only option to restore the public’s confidence in the electoral process. The future of Malaysia and its future generation depends on you and your fellow MPs. There is no better time to turn Malaysia around and start it on the right course than 11th December.

 

Make history this 11th December. We will be watching you.

 

KL Loo

A voter in your constituency.

 

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To Miri MP

 

Yang Berhomat, 

Gesaan untuk Tuan untuk Tidak Mengundi Pindaan terhadap Perkara 114 Perlembagaan Persekutuan 

Salam sejahtera dan saya mendoakan Yang Berhomat sentiasa berada dalam keadaan yang sihat. Saya, Daniel Bong Cheng Hua pengundi berdaftar di Kawasan Parlimen Miri di bawah perwakilan tuan, menyatakan kerisauan saya terhadap perkembangan di Parlimen baru-baru ini dan menggesa Yang Berhomat untuk tidak mengundi pindaan tersebut. 

2.         Saya sedar bahawa pindaan itu melibatkan perlanjutan usia pesaraan wajib untuk pegawai Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dan saya juga percaya bahawa Perlembagaan kita haruslah diluhuri dan dipelihara, sebagaimana dikehendaki oleh Bapa-Bapa Kemerdekaan kita melalui peruntuKan pemindaan yang ketat. Oleh itu, apa-apa juga pemindaan terhadap Perlembagaan haruslah diminimakan, dan hanya boleh dilakukan  jika keadaan mendesak sedemikian. 

3.         Sehubungan itu, saya tidak dapat melihat apa-apa rasional di sebalik tindakan kerajaan tergesa-gesa itu untuk meminda Undang-Undang tertinggi negara kita semata-mata untuk melanjutkan usia persaraan pegawai SPR, padahal usia persaraan mandatori itu belum pernah membawa apa-apa masalah. Justeru itu, saya bersama dengan ramai rakyat lain terpaksa mengesyaki tindakan itu berniat untuk melanjutkan perkhidmatan Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Hj. Ab. Rashid bin Ab. Rahman yang akan mencapai usia persaraan beliau pada akhir tahun ini. Pemindaan ini terhadap usia persaraan, yang bertujuan untuk melindungi kebebasan SPR, tidak dapat saya terima padahal kerajaan tidak mungkin menghadapi sebarang masalah untuk mencari pengganti yang sesuai. 

Oleh itu, saya ingin menggesa Yang Berhormat bertindak, atas amanah sebagai wakil kami, untuk tidak mengundi pemindaan berkenaan. Sesungguhnya, saya akan merujuk kepada Hansard kelak untuk mengenal pasti sama ada Yang Berhormat telah memenuhi tanggungjawab sebaik-baiknya. 

Sekian terima kasih. 

DANIEL BONG CHENG HUA

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To Shah Alam MP

 

Dear Sir,

 

RE: OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSED CONSTITUITION (AMENDMENT ) BILL 2007 THAT HAS BEEN TALBED IN THE PARLIMENT FOR 1ST READING ON 20-11-2007 AND DUE FOR SECOND & THIRD READING ON 11-12-2007

The above-captioned refers.

 

I am writing this letter to you, Sir, in my capacity as a registered voter in your constituency and a concerned citizen of Malaysia; that I do not agreed with the said proposed bill to amend the constitution specifically on the section where retirement age of the members of the SPR be extended from the existing age of 65 to 66. The said amendment bill does not augur well for the impartiality of the role of the SPR nor does the timing and fast track handling of the said bill in the Parliament speaks well for the intention of the ruling coalition.

 

I hereby request you to exercise your right as the MP for Shah Alam to voice your objection to the said amendment bill on 11-12-2007 when it is due for 2nd and 3rd reading in Parliament. I wish to further reiterate that if the chairman and any of the members in the SPR are due for retirement; please allow them to do so. There is no imperative need to amend the constitution just to accommodate for the present chairman or any other members to continue office for another year. I reckon that individual personalities are not important as far as the SPR is concern and I trust that you agree with me that ensuring the SPR functions as an independent and efficient body is the priority.

 

I thank you for taking time to read my letter and I trust that you shall perform your duty as a MP with people interests come first.

 

Best Regards.

 

Truly yours,

 

Heong Chee Seng

 

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4 Responses “Letters to MPs directing a vote to oppose the Rashid bill” →
  1. I noticed that everyone are mostly Chinese and so, the regime can ignore on grounds it is a Chinese demand, not a Malaysian demand. Also, most Chinese are opposition leaning from their letters, which means the ruling UMNO can ignore them. As for me, I have written to my MP stating that I support the constitutional ammendment. Haris, if you want a copy of my letter, please provide me your email address.

    thepeoplesparliament@gmail.com

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  2. Hello leemk;

    I’d be curious to know why you support the constitutional amendment. I am about to send the letter to the MP already. I am keen to hear the other side’s argument.

    Eric

    Reply
  3. As I live in Bangkok stories about Malaysia are very interesting to me. Your blog provides many of them and it was a pleasure to read them – thank you for posting and sharing.

    Reply
  4. i’ve sent the same…thanks for the headsup

    Reply

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