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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Holy Melting Buildings, Batman!

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Walski's forenote of apology: Between work and the whole Nathaniel Tan saga (which is now happily over, thankfully), Walski's not been able to blog about a whole bunch of stuff. Walski hopes that he gets to go back to myAsylum as usual, this post onwards...

Say you were driving down Jalan Parlimen one fine day. As you glance up from the dashboard, you suddenly see this scene looming in front of you.

Original image taken from NAM News Network, hosting by PhotobucketNear future vision? I'm melting, I'm melting...
(original image taken from here)

What would be your immediate reaction? Polution so bad that the acid rain's now actually disolving buildings? The latest repairs on Parliament have actually decimated it? Okay, the conduct of those inside is another matter... but Parliament itself?

But actually, if you have been paying attention to the political rhetoric from the Barisan Nasional leders, the other associated occurences, and talk that's rife in the bloggerhood, a sight similar to this would probably not surprise you one bit.
(no, it's not acid rain, and more, in the full post)

Okay, here's the deal - the doctored image above is a play on the title blogger Kickdefella chose for what he posted yesterday - Shieh on Shieh: Parliament will be dissolved soon.

And if what Shieh predicts were true - not the physical Parliament Building dissolving, of course (Walski would run like a timid schoolgirl) - it can only mean that elections would be sometime very, very soon.

Now, the word of one blogger alone is not what convinced Walski that the General Election's gonna happen soon. There's more... even more than the rhetoric coming from the infamous SIL that the opposition is ripe for the crushing...

A couple of days ago, Election Commission (EC) secretary, Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor, made a totally wtf declaration, that 24,000 risk not being able to vote because... they haven't changed to the new myKad.

Eminent blogger Aisehman raised a very pertinent question - is the EC within their rights to deny those who are eligible their right to vote? He listed out the criteria, as stipulated in Article 119 of the Federal Constitution, of who is eligible to vote :

(1) Every citizen who:

(a) has attained the age of twenty- one years on the qualifying date; and
(b) is resident in a constituency on such qualifying date or, if not so resident, is an absent voter,

is entitled to vote in that constituency in any election to the House of Representatives or the Legislative Assembly unless he is disqualified under Clause (3) or under any law relating to offences committed in connection with elections; but no person shall in the same election vote in more than one constituency.

(2) If a person is in a constituency by reason only of being a patient in an establishment maintained wholly or mainly for the reception and treatment of persons suffering from mental illness or mental defectiveness or of being detained in custody he shall for the purpose of Clause (1) be deemed not to be resident in that constituency.

(3) A person is disqualified for being a elector in any election to the House of Representatives or the Legislative Assembly if:

(a) on the qualifying date he is detained as a person of unsound mind or is serving a sentence of imprisonment; or

(b) having before the qualifying date been convicted in any part of the Commonwealth of an offence and sentenced to death or imprisonment for a term exceeding twelve months, he remains liable on the qualifying date to suffer any punishment for that offence.


But hey... being that the Federal Constitution has been trampled upon so many umpteen times of late, it's fast becoming nothing but a 19-letter phrase... are we even surprised? EC pwns the Constitution, baby!

Remember the 400k or so newly registered voters that didn't get to vote in the last GE? Deja vu...

Elizabeth Wong also pointed out that not only would these 24,000 have to change their current IC to the myKad, but they would also have to re-register as voters. Errr... okay. Is the EC trying to dissuade people from voting, or what? And all this... get this... to encourage people to change to the myKad?

Since when has the EC become the marketing arm of the National Registration Department? They tried gving away Myvi's and that didn't work... they think this will? Granted, the Myvi thing was called off, and all...

Plus, as Eli's pointed out, this latest lame-brained move has just created 24,000 volunteers for the opposition. Smooth move, Ex-Lax...

Want more tell-tale evidence that the General Elections may be coming sooner than expected? How about this report about the Deputy Prime Minister declaring that Malaysia is indeed an Islamic state? Albeit a modified kind of Islamic state, where the rights of . Walski thinks he's confused. No, actually, Walski agrees with Howsy - 60% of the voting population needs reassurance...

Words said for political expediency usually come back and fucking bite you in the ass - hard. Words like this are going to embolden a cerain other PIMP-ish party... who are probably gonna come back with something along the lines of ... why settle for a modified Islamic state, when you can vote us in and get the real thing?

And in the coming days, expect more tell-tale signs, boys and girls. The writing is, as they say, spray-painted in bright neon colors on the proverbial wall...