Re: Malaysia Votes!

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Bala Pillai

Feb 20, 2008, 3:47:14 AM2/20/08
Way to go Tricia and team! How about sharing selected bits of your
work on online-to-meatspace site -- the
barbers in Malaysia will distribute it. And maybe we can get sponsors
to do inserts via newspaper vendors.

Bala Pillai

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From: Tricia Yeoh <>
Date: Feb 20, 2008 4:31 PM
Subject: Malaysia Votes!

Dear Friends of CPPS,

As the 12th General Elections approach, I'm going to be sending you
some links and mails which are Elections related. Do let me know if
you're not interested, but I hope if you are, you can read on - after
all, it is our country whose leaders we are voting for - or if you
prefer, you can send them on to people who you know are interested in
the issues. Coming from an independent standpoint, providing you info
is what we will be doing to keep you better informed and educated on
the issues at hand.

We advocate an educated voting public and hope these will help you as
you decide on your candidates.

Look out for CPPS' Policy Fact Sheets coming your way soon, over the
campaigning period next week!

Meanwhile, check out the new website below which contains a brief Q&A with me.



Dear friends,

Some people think we're mad. After staying up till the wee hours over
the past week to set up this humble little project, and considering
there will be more sleepless nights ahead, I'm inclined to agree.
Still, as George Bernard Shaw once said: We want a few mad people now.
See where the sane ones have landed us! So, mad we are, and we're
gonna have fun while we are at it.

The three of us have launched an online news site to cover the ongoing
2008 general election called

It's a free site that we hope can provide, in a small way, credible
and independent news about the going-ons and issues in this general
election. aims, wherever possible, to provide news about the
main issues that the nation is grappling with as we go to the polls,
as well as news on the elections that would not gain either the
attention of or fair coverage from the traditional media in Malaysia.

Specifically, we will report news and the mood from the ground in the
following areas:

hot seats: whether it's the big fight up in Penang between the DAP and
Gerakan or the challenge Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu will face in Sungai
Siput post-Hindraf rally, will report on what the
issues are, what the candidates are promising, and what mood the
electorate are in.
the fight in rural Kelantan: Danny Lim promises to keep urban,
Internet-connected readers in touch with what goes on during the
election campaign in the kampungs of Kelantan where Umno will slug it
out with PAS. This coverage will demonstrate how Malaysia is a complex
nation with diverse interests, terrains and political persuasions.
noteworthy independent candidates (if any): charting the independent's
trail will give readers a sense of what independent candidates are
offering, how they are bucking the trend of political party politics,
and the challenges an individual faces should s/he decide to contest
in an election. Additionally, will provide picture
essays; video reports where possible; analysis and commentaries by
Cindy, Danny and Jacqueline or expert political observers; and facts
about the elections that will answer questions such as how much it
costs to run in an election, and why Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim cannot
contest because the election is being held before April 2008.

We hope you will visit our site to read more. We also very much
welcome comments and contributions to the site. We have much to learn
and any help or constructive criticism will be taken positively.

The Team
Cindy Tham
Danny Lim
Jacqueline Ann Surin
Tricia Yeoh

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