I was early to Parliment this morning, after the House was adjourned for 6 weeks.
I wanted to ask a supplementary question to the first question on the order paper of the day which was:-
Datuk Ir. Edmund Chong Ket Wah [ Batu Sapi ] to ask the PRIME MINISTER to state the action taken to destroy the bags containing postal votes that were found in Sungai Menggatal, Sabah. The way
that incident can affect the image of the country in holding a fair andclean election.
The reply of Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri is reported in Malaysiakini.
Although I stood up twice, trying to get a chance to ask a supplementary question, the Speaker did not notice me. Perhaps, he decided to call other MPs to speak.
I wanted to ask about the 72, 058 unreturned postal votes in the last general election. I did ask about the said votes in the June session and posted it here
( In brief, the translation to the reply : Election Commission is only responsible to postal votes returned before 5 pm. Postal votes unreturned after 5 pm is not within the jurisdiction of Election Commission and the Commission does not need to investigate the causes of the unreturned votes or locate the said votes. According to the law, after the votes have been sent out, it is up to the voters to decide the next course of action. It is democracry practiced in Malaysia, the right of individual voters to decide to cast the vote or not)
Today, the Minister in replying to the question raised by MP for Batu Sapi said that it was only unused election materials (1999) and bags with plastice wrappers. Further, the police is now conducting forensic investigations to detect the age of the bags!
Oh! Police is directed to spend time to conduct forensic investigation to find out the age of the bags, but the government is not interested to find out the missing unreturned postal votes!
Why is the government always get the priorities wrong? Why is common sense and logic do not prevail in the leadership? Or are they trying to hide something?
The above is the supplementary question which I wanted to ask but was not given a chance. Will try again next time.