24 Apr '13, 1am

Buying support – Najib’s ‘commercialisation’ of GE13 - by Bridget Welsh (Mkini)

Buying support – Najib’s ‘commercialisation’ of GE13 - by Bridget Welsh (Mkini)

by Bridget Welsh Malaysiakini 9:58AM Apr 23, 2013 GE13 SPECIAL The billion ringgit question of this campaign is how much is being spent in the 2013 general election campaign and who is paying for it? Throughout the country, voters are already reporting early efforts to woo the electorate such as special grocery vouchers of RM300 in Sandakan and handouts of RM50 to attend a Umno meeting in Tanjong Malim, among many others. The promise of more goodies on the way is being repeated over and over, from the symbolic extension and increase of BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) to more general ‘assistance’. The use of electoral incentives is well-known and honed, but there is a fundamental shift in the overall pattern this time round. Scholars such as Universiti Sains Malaysia emeritus professor Francis Loh have described the electioneering pattern as from one of patronage to ‘develo...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/04/24/buying-support-naj...

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