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Cecil Rajendra penned this poem after a High Court ruled that by virtue of Section 9A of the Election Act 1958, it cannot review, quash or set aside any electoral roll – no matter how flawed – once it has been gazetted.


Politicians in Malaysia do not direct the outcome of trials . . . . there’s no need. Typically, the Judiciary does the Government’s bidding without being asked. A very senior Malaysian Government figure once described Malaysia’s Judiciary to me as a ‘bunch of bloody idiots’. Of course we want them to favour us, he explained, but not to the point where it’s so embarrassing.

– Michael Backman
in ‘Inside Knowledge’.

An electoral roll

is sacred & final . . . .

Once gazetted

it cannot be





set aside

by any

process judicial.

No matter

if the man

is dead


did not exist

is a Martian . . . .

if its name is

on that list

a ghost can vote

so says the High Court.

By the same token

will Judges next

rule – we wonder –

that a ‘murderer’

must be hanged

once sentence is written;

even if his ‘victim’

shows up live & kicking

on the eve of his execution?

When cold print has

more gravitas

than hard fact

Truly, the Law is an Ass!

Cecil Rajendra

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