|Jimadie Shah Othman | Jan 19, 09 4:57pm|
|Universiti Malaya students from the opposition pro-Mahasiswa camp saw red today after discovering that last-minute changes had been made to the ballot paper for campus elections conducted today.
The changes involve a variation in the order in which the names of two pro-Mahasiswa candidates appear on the ballot paper.
One of those affected was Shah Rizul Ayuni Zulkiply, who had earlier lodged a police report alleging there was an attempt to bribe him into changing camp and running on the pro-government Aspirasi ticket.
When contacted, his campaign manager Nurfariza Zahrin said that in the original listing, Ayuni was assigned Number 17.
“Campaigning was done based on this number so that students can easily remember him on the day of the election,” she explained.
The change of numbers could lead some students intending on voting for Ayuni to vote for someone else, she said.
When voting began this morning, several pro-Mahasiswa supporters realised that Ayuni’s number on the ballot paper had been changed to Number 18, which had initially been assigned to a candidate from the rival camp.
Nurfariza said another pro-Mahasiswa candidate’s name was moved from Number 16 to 17, but did not find this too serious a matter since this was Ayuni’s original number.
‘Complaint to be lodged’
Saying the change “has raised questions”, Nurfariza said the order of candidates had been written on Form 8 which was issued after nominations ended.
Form 8 confirms the list of candidates, she explained, and is guaranteed by the campus elections guidelines issued by the university.
The pro-Mahasiswa group now plans to lodge a complaint with vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Professor Emeritus Dr Azarae Idris.
Chairperson Norazali Zainuddin, when contacted, said attempts have been made since 1pm today to meet Azarae.
Asked if the situation could affect the chances of pro-Mahasiswa candidates, Norazali noted that students generally vote for their preferred candidate based on the assigned number.
“Students will not remember all the names because many seats are being contested,” he said.
UM’s campus elections offers 41 seats – nine ‘general’ and 32 faculty seats. Pro-Mahasiswa has already won 11 seats.
Campus elections have been deemed the bellwether of Malaysia’s wider political climate. However, recent exercises have been riddled with allegations of abuse of power and ‘rigging’ by campus authorities.
i dunno how many people here are actually interested to know about campus election. i received a couple of updates early this morning at 5ish. i checked malaysiakini and there was no news about it. so i will put it up here. btw, i really dont know how it works. it is too complicated for my simple mind. and i really could not be bothered to figure it out.
the pro-mahasiswa (the opposition) won 8 general seats. another source tells me that, “pro-m sapu bersih kerusi general” the direction translation would be “pro m swept it clean”. so i assuming that they won big.
these are the results for faculty. the break down:
- 1 science faculty
- 2 bahasa melayu studies
- 2 law
- 1 language
- 1 dental
- 1 medicine
- 1 education
- 1 culture centre (i have never heard of this place)
- 2 islamic studies
- 1 FPP (no idea)
this is only in UM, university malaya.
the campus elections are always pretty similar to the general election and vice versa. maybe because they are all affiliated to each other. i dunno. so even the campaign techniques and also the dirty tricks that they play are also the same. they bribe, and place pig heads at the surau, and so on. both these tricks were used during the by-election in KT and for some other political thing.
UM has been “governed” by the ruling party, aspirasi for so long and they won because there was some intervention by the management/admin because the opposition kids were just too goddamn radical! so i was told. end of last year, the VC of UM was changed. she was pretty much sacked. thats a whole different issue but during her time and the previous people, the ruling party have stayed in office. now that we have changed the VC, pro m are getting more votes. hmmm….
the thing is the campus elections are pretty lame. there is no campaigning. i have been there for two elections. i have yet to see a campaign. what you usually see are banners hanging everywhere, and flyers pasted all over the place. the candidates get 4 days, including the weekend to officially campaign in the faculty. most of the brainwashing campaigning happens in the hostels, or what we call here the colleges, where almost all of them are the 1st year students. the ones from matriculation will be a bit more pro-m and the ones who really want to stay in the hostels, have no other choice beside voting for aspirasi. because before the election, the management will have a meeting and use a little psycho technique to get you to vote for the ruling party. they scare the crap out of you. they tell you that you will pretty much wont have a place to stay in the hostel if you dont vote for the ruling party. and the oppositions are also not allowed to campaign in the hostels.
i guess this year was different because they could not exploit all the 1st year kids as the election was pushed from first semester of the academic year to the second semester. so they cant really use the “i am gonna kick your sorry behind out of this hostel” trick because they cant. it would not make sense. they are already there. so what they are gonna look for all the kids who voted against them and kick them out in the middle of the semester? i pity the 1st year kids because they are always used as their ways and means to win the election.
i dunno if pro-m is gonna do anything different but they have done way more things like the whole abolishing auku thing, isa and they also have responded to global issues (i dont agree at all with their polarizing ways but they are more of a movement rather than a party which the student admin/management have created for their own benefit). it is fucked up that they are affiliated to political parties (which they deny all the time) and they have such huge gender gaps (which is fuckin worrying because the girls dont say anything much and just follow) and they are also polarized by their ethnic. with them having more say now, i foresee a lot of ceramah agama, dress codes, and shit like that. how fun!