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Woman protests EC decision by going bald


Bravo Aunty Ah Mei. In my estimation, losing your “crowning glory”, especially in a woman speaks volumes of courage and determination. Many men can’t emulate your example. People must get angry, not to fight or create violence, but to act telling everyone you meet how dreadful are the Government decisions, like some small children using their ga ga language to convince the people. Come Badawi and gang give us better reasons and consider us as adults. We have been children too long. 

Woman protests EC decision by going bald

Salina Abd Aziz | Mar 6, 08 7:24pm

Toh Ah Mei, or more fondly known as Aunty Ah Mei, felt betrayed and deceived when the Election Commission, in a shock decision, decided to scrap the usage of indelible ink for Saturday’s polls.

As a sign of protest, the 66-year old lifetime DAP member decided to shave her head bald to send a message to the people.

women shaving head spr protest 060308 shavingThe EC on Wednesday announced that it would not introduce the use indelible ink claiming that it had uncovered a plot by unnamed parties to ‘sabotage’ the polls by using smuggled ink to mark unsuspecting voters before they cast their ballot. The commission said this would have caused widespread confusion on polling day.

Nancy Khong, standing on a PKR opposition ticket for the Semambu state seat said that Aunty Ah Mei also felt that Pahang had not been attended to by the Barisan Nasional government during the past four years.

“There is no development in Pahang and Aunty Ah Mei hopes that the rakyat realises this and make the right decision on Saturday,” she told reporters while watching Aunty Ah Mei’s being shaved at a brief cremony in Kuantan.

Third time

Aunty Ah Mei went down on her knees and offered a prayer before her crowning glory was shaved off. Also present were Pahang PKR election candidates – Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan, parliamentary seat), Azan Ismail (Indera Mahkota parliamentary seat), and Siew Fook Chin (Teruntum state seat).

women shaving head spr protest 060308 bannerThis is the third time Aunty Ah Mei has shaved off her locks. She first resorted to the act as a mark of protest when DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng was detained without trial under ISA in October 1987.

Aunty Ah Mei was compelled to demonstrate her disapproval again during the SJK(C) Damansara’s ‘Save Our School’ (SOS) mass signature campaign in 2001.

The sprightly lady said she will also be observing a three-day fast beginning today. “It is my hope and prayer that the ISA-detained Hindraf leaders will be released soon.”

The EC decision to scrap the usage of indelible ink has also resulted independent polls watchdog Mafrel announcing their withdrawal as EC-accredited observers.

Woman protests EC decision by going bald

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  1. If you want to have a better future for our children in Malaysia, do your part by signing the on-line petition at

    This is one of the way (non-violence) to bring our message to the Government.

    Don’t just sit there, stand up and be counted! We want a fair and transparent election.


    1) Gerrymandering. The discrepancy between number of voters in voting areas is too great. The smallest parliamentary seat (Federal Territory, Putrajaya) has only 6,608 voters while the parliamentary seat for Kapar in Selangor has 112,224 voters. What this means is that one vote in the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency is equivalent to 17 votes in the Kapar constituency.

    2) Phantom voters. A common tactic is to ‘buy’ the identity card of the voters. Party members from the ruling parties will then vote on the voters’ behalf. Random checking of a person’s identity must be conducted using those finger print checking device (like the bank use). Any voting done on another person’s identity must be made a serious offence under the election law.

    3) Postal votes. The rules on postal voting must be reviewed, tightened and amended. The current rule favours the ruling party as the armed forces personnel and policemen who vote by ‘postal voting’ would obviously not jeopardize their career or promotion prospect by voting for the opposition. Voting under postal voting is not secret as it is under the watchful eyes of the senior officers. Christina Liew of DAP (Api-Api) lost due to postal votes. The ruling party has control of 250,000 postal votes!

    4) Spoiled votes. How do we define spoiled votes. It is very easy to turn good votes into spoiled votes (by adding one more x to the ballot paper). Are spoiled votes being verified and watched over by the party representatives? In marginal areas in which the winning margin is razor thin, the so-called spoiled votes need to be scrutinized.

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