19 September 2011
Stir over Bangladesh website saying citizens can vote as Malaysians
A Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office unit website has claimed that its citizens working in Malaysia have been asked to vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government, prompting PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh to call for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the contentious issue.
The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had recently demanded an emergency sitting of Parliament to debate its claim that thousands of permanent residents have been given citizenship and the right to vote “in the blink of an eye” and the Bangladesh website quoted appears to have backed up its claim.
“We want a royal commission of inquiry to investigate Bangladesh Prime Minister’s statement over this matter. If it has actually happened, Najib must be responsible and provide an explanation,” Fuziah told her party’s Keadilan Daily website.
According to the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Office website, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met her Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year where they discussed “long standing issues, including legalising Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia”.
Both met while attending the 66th World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur in May 2010.
It said highly-placed sources claimed that during the meeting, Najib assured Sheikh Hasina of considering the issue of legalising Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia country with utmost sincerity.
“Today, prime minister’s office has allegedly received a confirmation from some of our citizens those working in several sectors in Malaysia since last year that they were given more than citizenships from Malaysian Government. In fact they now have been given a right to be a voter in upcoming Malaysian’s general election.
“Another highly placed source from prime minister’s office has confirmed that Bangladeshi workers may easily conferred Malaysian citizenship with the condition to vote for party that represents the government in power,” the website said.
The website also reported Sheikh Hasina as urging her people” to take this opportunity in order to lower the national poverty in line with government’s initiative and numerous measures to solve all major problems, including power and gas crises”.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said last month that “baseless” allegations of foreigners being given the right to vote will be addressed by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform.
He said that although “the allegations have already been proven in most cases to be untrue,” the National Registration Department (NRD) has engaged the Election Commission (EC) to answer PR’s claim that at least 1,600 foreigners have been added to the electoral roll.
“These allegations, which I believe are baseless ... this (the PSC) is the best platform for us. We have a co-operation (between the NRD and EC) to clean if there is a need to clean and to answer any claims that need to be answered,” he told reporters on August 17.
The bipartisan PSC, which will be formed in the October sitting of Parliament, will likely see PR raise its claim that BN has granted foreigners citizenships in exchange for their support in a general election that must be called by early 2013.
I am not surprised by this claims as my friend work in a local GLC bank that provides ASB loans and of late there are PR holders coming into the banking hall requesting for ASB loans. And when my friend told them that the loans were for local Bumi's only, they were not only surprised but smirked and said that they will come back and retry in several months like as if they know something we don't know.
Also,my friend have been told by our cleaning lady (who is illiterate and a red IC holder) that since prior to the last 2 elections, she has been asked to go to the immigration dept to get her IC to be changed to a Blue IC and after each election, she will be again asked to go there to be only reverted back to a red IC. SHe again have been recently ask to go to the immigration department again to get a blue IC. I guess the election isnt to far away.
And with this admission by bangladeshi pm herself is the last straw. We should throw BN out in the next election if we want to protect our nation's sovereignity. Theres no more forgiveness or tak apa attitude or fence sitters here. Opposition should stop bickering and bring up useless issues and portray more credible, united front in nation building ideas. PAS should lead as they are the most consistent, principled and sincere. DAP should let loose their anti Islam stand and swallow the reality malaysia is a muslim majority country. Provide the check and balance friend to PAS and with keadilan, drive the nations economy. BN has sold our country to others to safeguard their own plundered wealth and power. If we lived in medieval times, they would have been guillotined.
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