When I was a kid, my hero was Phantom, a comic-book hero.In fact he was everybody's hero.
Before Batman, before The Shadow, before The Green Hornet, before The Lone Ranger, even before Captain Marvel and Superman the comics' first masked mystery-man hero had long since been striking fear into the dark hearts of the wicked.
Indeed, by the time the world-famous adventures of The Phantom were first recorded in print more than six decades ago, the grim champion of justice had already been around for nearly 400 years.
Such is the riveting, myth-freighted legend of The Phantom -- "The Ghost Who Walks," "The Man Who Cannot Die," "The Guardian of the Eastern Dark." In the beginning he had been a half-drowned sailor, flung ashore on the terrible, blood-drenched Bengalla coast after pirates burned his ship and slaughtered his mates. The gentle Bandar pygmies, taking him to be a sea god of ancient prophecy, nursed him back to fitness and became his everlasting friends -- as the castaway faced his destiny, donned costume and mask and was reborn as the first of the Phantoms, scourge of predators everywhere.
"I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice!" he cried as he formally took "The Oath of the Skull" by firelight. "And my sons and their sons shall follow me!"
We arrived just before at the Perak Election Commission office and met two groups of people. We told one group that they could not be included in the dailogue because they belong to the Gopeng constituency. The meeting took place at the Meeting Room and it was chaired by an En. Othman who sat in for the Pengarah who was urgently called to PutraJaya! He started the meeting by declaring that he was in no position to make any statements when he realized that the Press was present. Body language changed when we informed him and his two lady officers that four of us were bloggers but had come from KL to assist the Ipoh Timur group. With this assurance the officer acted congenially and even asked that a notebook be hooked up in the room for the group to check on their registration. Let me put on record that En Othman and his assistants acted professionally and friendly.We presented to the officers three cases for their attention:
Case1: Mr. N H Wong asked why he was transfered to vote in another constituency when he voted in Ipoh Timur in 2004. He still resides in the constituency.
Case 3. Rocky too had never voted before. Upon registration in KL in September 2007, he was told that he was a registered voter in 1999 in the Gopeng constituency! His residence address was 59 Jln Raja Mewa Mahidi, Rapat Setia. Rocky produced a police report to protect himself and to lodge a protest that someone falsified information to SPR and voted in his name. Rocky can't remember working and living in Perak.
So where does Phantom Votes come in? In the span of 4 years it is not possible that the people of Ipoh Timur went on a frenzied breeding spree!!! to up their voter eligibilty by some 5000. No new army camp was mobilised and definitely hundreds of police balai did not sprout profusely in Ipoh Timur. Your guess is as good as mine how useful the role these 8000 odd new voters would be. This figure is suffiient to show Uncle Kit his exit from Ipoh Timur.
BE PART OF THE YELLOW WAVE.