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Te report said she was a permanentresident with a red MyKad but was is-sued a blue MyKad our hours laterollowing checks with the online Na-tional Registration Department (NRD)system. When her name and her MyKadnumber were entered into the EC online verication system, Mismah appearedas a newly registered voter.Khalid insisted the public had theright to demand an electoral roll that isree rom irregularities.Echoing Khalid’s call, Syed Ibrahimsaid the government’s move was a stepin the right direction. He said thegroup had encountered a case where 60individuals were listed to be residing inone house.“When we arrived at the address, weound only six persons on the list staying at the house,” he said.Syed Ibrahim pointed out that atRM10 per name, it would have cost the petitioner RM600 to le the case.Te chairperson and co-ounder o the polls watchdog said such cases were prevalent as Marel had encountered thesituation “many times” since its ound-ing in 2003.He said the public was more con-cerned that oreign residents are being included in the voter rolls and given theright to vote.It is an issue o democracy when il-legal migrants are given the right to vote,he said.On Wednesday, Pakatan Rakyat MPsgave Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razakseven days to call an emergency parlia-mentary sitting this month to debate theissue o permanent residents who havebeen registered as voters.Bersih 2.0 has also came out to sup-
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State probesraid on church
he SelangorIslamic Aairs Department (Jais)has been told to account or a raidon a church in Petaling Jaya during a multiracial dinner on Wednes-day night.an Sri Khalid Ibrahim said heregretted the incident and has in-structed Jais to prepare a report.Te Menteri Besar has also spo-ken to the Damansara UtamaMethodist Church’s (DUMC)senior pastor Daniel Ho about theincident.“I called personally and toldhim that the state has instructed Jais to provide a ull report detail-ing the incident, including their justications or their actions thatnight.
Wong: Selangor not facing water crisis
Te state has re-uted the orecast by a water conces-sionaire that taps will run dry withcurrent usage patterns.his is because the data is out-dated as the study was commissionedin 2000, and was based on economicgrowth that has slowed down sincethe global economic crisis o 2009.“Te projected water shortages will not happen,” said Elizabeth Wong
during a post-state exco press conerence on Wednesday.Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor(Syabas) chie Datuk Lee Miang Koihad claimed recently that taps would run dry with a surge in de-mand or water.he state executive councillor pointed out that Syabas and Putra- jaya were relying on the National Water Resources Study (NWRS),commissioned by the Economic
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Planning Unit over a decade ago.he NWRS study said waterconsumption in 2010 would be rom500-1,224 litres per capita per day(l/c/d).However, Wong said the gure was inated and higher than othermajor cities like Singapore (328l/c/d), Sydney (214 l/c/d) and evenNew York City (420 l/c/d).She said Selangor was commis-sioning its own water managementstudy to ascertain the amount usedby consumers, and said preliminarygures suggested that current anduture water usage in the state wouldbe 30% lower than the NWRS num-bers.She reiterated that Selangor’s ownstudy showed that there is sucient water production with additionalreserve capacity. Wong claimed that the inatedestimates were also used as a basis to justiy the costly Pahang-Selangor Water ranser Project, which couldsee water taris in the state balloon.She said Non-Revenue Water – wastage and water leakage throughold water inrastructure – was one o the reasons or the discrepancy indemand estimates between Syabasand Selangor.“I that is the case, Syabas has beenunable to contain its gross waterlosses,” Wong said. Wong also slammed the waterconcessionaire or suggesting that anincrease in water taris would pre- vent water wastage and reduce de-mand and usage.She pointed out that the hike intaris would be passed on toratepayers. Wong nevertheless advisedconsumers to be wise and prudent inusing water, saying one way to addressthe issue was to adopt recycling andrainwater harvesting methods. port the move by the stategovernment.“We are even considering the possibility o utilising theunds or our own petitionsto the EC,” said chairpersonDatuk Ambiga Sreenevasanin a phone interview.She said the state shouldnow ollow up by publishing the erms o Reerence toidentiy which kind o voterirregularity cases can be ledto qualiy or the unds.“Does the unding includeall kinds o voter raud?” she asked.Bersih 2.0 has also expressed concernsabout multiple persons registered undera single address, or nonexistent addresseson the electoral roll.Bersih 2.0 steering committee mem-ber Wong Chin Huat said Selangor wastaking positive steps to address the serious problem o ast-tracking oreigners to permanent residency and allowing themthe right to vote.He pointed out that it was the EC’sand NRD’s responsibility to ensure thatresidency and voter rolls are current anderror-ree. Wong suggested that petitionersshould also lodge police reports againstany voter irregularities, with the view thatthe move is illegal and unconstitutional.“I anyone inds their voting areachanged, say, rom Petaling Jaya to Sub-ang Jaya without their approval, someoneis tampering with public and private re-cords,” he said.In light o that, he said giving oreign-ers permanent-resident statusand registering them as voters was “treason”.“Someone or some groupis allowing oreigners to gaincitizenship. It’s same as selling rights, a danger to our sover-eignty,” he explained.he EC on Wednesdayreuted claims that perma-nent residents have beenregistered as voters in thelatest drat supplementaryelectoral rolls.Its chairperson, AbdulAziz Yuso, urther denied that theirstatus had been “upgraded” to that o citizens in just a ew hours in the NRDonline verication system, as claimed inthe news reports.He reiterated that only Malaysians canapply to register as voters, and shifed theblame to the NRD, saying it was techni-cal negligence on the department’s part.Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya Utara MPony Pua also welcomed the substantialRM1 million und that Shah Alam issetting up.He pointed out that political parties, who are obviously concerned over voterirregularities in the electoral rolls, do nothave the nancial means to support sucha project.Pua said the state government shouldalso identiy a pool o lawyers and otherlegal experts on electoral-raud cases tosupplement the initiative.“We need people to evaluate the cases we are going to le with the EC when thetime comes,” he said.
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“I hope to meet the pastor againonce the report is completed,” saidKhalid in a press statement.A group o ocers rom Jais andthe police raided the DUMCbuilding in Section 13 during athanksgiving dinner or HarapanKomuniti social workers. Jais has questioned Malay guestsat the dinner.Khalid said the state viewed theincident seriously as Selangor ullyrespects reedom o religion andthe rights o religious groups tomanage their aairs.“Selangor is always open to en-gagement and dialogue to reachharmonious and mutually respect-ul coexistence among dierentreligious communities,” he said.Ho yesterday told the press thatbetween 20 and 30 religious o-cers and police personnel had en-tered its Dream Centre premises without warrant.Tey subjected guests, including Muslims,to ques-tioning, he said.Ho said not all o the enorce-ment ocers had been in uniorm,and they ailed to produce a copyo the complaint when asked.“We call on all Malaysians notto condone this breach o reedomo assembly and association as provided by provided Article 10 o the Federal Constitution o Malay-sia, but to live in mutual trust andlove, to promote peace, harmonyand unity in the true spirit o 1Ma-laysia,” he said.Te pastor said the dinner wasattended by 120 guests o all races,including 15 Malays.he dinner was non-religiousand was to celebrate the work o volunteers among HIV/AIDSsuerers and victims o naturaldisasters.