Friday, March 07, 2008

French local election Vs Malaysian general election

This weekend, both France and Malaysia will have election.

The French one is just a local/municipal election, while Malaysia is having the general election.

It has been a lot of critics in Malaysia where the coalition in power parties control the main medias, thus leading the election campaign; while the opposition parties have relatively smaller media coverage and budget to attract voters' attention.

In this context, I think France has an efficient system. Our local candidates' posters arrived to us in the same envelope. Each candidate presents his team, agendas and what he is planning to do to the community. We can make comparison immediately. If one would like to have more information, he or she can simply refer to their website. This way, not much money is wasted and the posters reached the target audience.

Just imagine you receive the posters from Song Choi Leng (MCA)
Lim Guan Eng (DAP) for the Bagan area. Both of them have the same space and same budget for their propaganda. You read and you compare and vote for whoever pleases you better. Both site get to express their agenda, as simple as that.

Sadly, I don't know how long Malaysia could reach the French level in terms of fairness in election publicity and communication. Every asked when I told them I have no right to vote from France. It sound so weird to the French that I can't even vote from the embassy here.

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