Putrajaya gave RM200m in bonuses to Election Commission (EC) officials and workers on duty for Election 2013, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat. The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said RM400m was allocated to the EC for the May 5 general election, which was a 100% increase from the budget for the 2008 general election.
- "The expenditure cost for the 2013 General Election that was approved by the Ministry of Finance was RM400m," Shahidan said. "The payment for services and bonus to all election workers is RM204.1m," he added. (Malaysian Insider)
The Local Government Election Bill drafted by the Selangor government will be tabled in the state legislative assembly next year. The state executive councillor in charge of local councils, Teng Chang Khim, said the basis of this was to return democracy rights to the people. ¡§The local polls will be conducted in stages once the Bill is passed,¡¨ he said. Selangor and Penang are the two states which are to introduce local government elections to ensure councillors are voted into local government, and not appointed. No other state has indicated interest in following suit.
- "The local government election is different from the general and state election. But the proposed law will not contradict the federal constitution and the Local Government Act," Teng said. When asked if the election process will involve the Election Commission, Teng said the details of the Bill have to be looked at first. "We may even have a different mechanism. So we need to finalise these first before disclosing further details," he added. (Malaysianinsider)
Bandar Kuching MP from DAP Chong Chieng Jen claimed Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family amassed 23 plots of land worth about RM1bn for a fraction of its market value. He said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's 10-men panel (set up to investigate allegations against Taib) was unnecessary, as documents detailing his land assets could be easily obtained at the land offices and the Companies Commission of Malaysia website. (FZ.com)
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confirmed that it has received reports that several domain names registered under the domain name ".com.my" (dot com dot my) have been compromised. MCMC has been in contact with MYNIC and so far, preliminary investigations have shown that the compromise was restricted to websites registered under the domain name ".com.my". (FZ.com)