One of the accredited groups (NGOs) of observers, IDEAS: 'partially free, not fair'
Yet, NTV7 Nightline described the GE as 'Clean and transparent', with short clips of brief statements by Wan Saiful (IDEAS) and Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam (CPPS), and almost the whole of Malaysia is convinced?
Maybe, because Tan Sri Ramon (ex-President of Transparency Internation Malaysia) was also one of the observers, who described it 'from the bottom of my heart...' that there was no evidence of wrongdoing (or something to that effect) the word 'transparent' was used. What troubled me when I heard that was, 'would anyone commit fraud in the presence of auditors?'
Besides the exceptionally large crowd at last night's rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium in Selangor who disputed the results, we should also read the opinions of some experts like...
Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor of Politics at Singapore Management University:
Disturbing questions surrounding GE 13 polling
Edward Aspinall: compared to Indonesia, elections in Malaysia are 'less free'
and a known critic with a Malaysian wife...
Dean Johns, coach and mentor of writers and authors; writing therapist in Sydney:
Good and bad News for BN