- Last year, I myself did not vote because of the new system of voting according to group (not really the conventional assembling at one location, pick the leaders of your choice and then the election commission count votes) I did not quite understand the system.
- The system was supposed to get as many votes as possible from the Malaysian students in NNSMA. And it did. I heard that the number of voters increased significantly from the previous years (when conventional voting took place).
- But this type of voting has flaws. If the class monitors are supposed to collect votes, isn’t there any risk of votes alteration? How about one person giving multiple votes? Worse, people like me who didn’t vote, what if some people vote on my behalf without my knowledge?
- I did express my views to one of the committee members at the time. But everyone seemed happy with the leaders they chose thru group-voting, me included, although I did not vote.
- And so came September 2008 when someone nominated me for President and 5th year batch representative. I humbly accepted the former and respectfully turned down the latter.
- From what I understand there are 6-7 nominations for Presidency, all of them rejected the nomination except me and Suvin.
- I kept bugging Pearly (who gave me the nomination letters) in hope I get more informations on when the election is going to happen and who are my contenders.
- But there was a meeting held with new and previous committee, and Jeremy decided that I be the MSA President and Suvin the Vice. The other posts are won without contest.
- As I was the acting president at that time, I made some calls for manpower for the upcoming 1st year business and held meetings with some people.
- Later in the afternoon, I got a call from Suvin saying that some people want to know how the system in MSA really works and some people want election. We had an understanding, then I talked with Jeremy.
- Jeremy said he will handle the election, which is voting according to group like last year, except that only Presidential post will be contested. We had an understanding that the previous MSA committee will handle the election, while the new MSA committee, without president and vice president, get back to business with the 1st year students.
- After that, the first official new committee meeting was held, discussing primarily the first year business. You can get the information of this meeting in MSA’s blog.
- Then later that night, I went to Jeremy’s room and spoke with Suvin on my phone thru loudspeaker. Suvin and I together requested for open election, not voting thru groups.
- Me and Suvin seemed to be putting a lot of pressure on Jeremy at the time, but then he granted our request for open election. So that is why there will be a voting session on Wednesday (24.09.2008) at 5-9 pm in 3rd hostel ground floor.
- I still think that an open election is the best as it yields a fairer outcome. If so happens that the number of voters decrease significantly from last year, then, the president of MSA is decided by those who give a damn, even if it is just 20% of the population.
I hope that clears the air for those who asked me why the need for election when I was already selected as President a few days ago. And I hope for those who wanted transparency, this is the best I can give. Sorry for my bad English.