Malaysia is facing the risk of public protests if results for the general election are questioned and contested for their accuracy and any suspicions of fraud, ahead of polls this Sunday.
Recent polls have suggested the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) are running neck and neck in the race to capture Putrajaya, with the incumbent probably still slightly ahead.
But in recent days, PR leaders have complained about the use of indelible ink for police and military voters which they claimed had washed off easily.
Anything over a 15-to-20 seat victory margin will lead to suspicion — the race is that close.
You’re going to see people on the streets” if election observers produce solid evidence of fraud..
Yesterday, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also said yesterday that over 40,000 dubious voters, including foreigners from Sabah and Sarawak, have been flown in since last week to key states in the peninsula like Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The Prime Minister’s Office has denied Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) claim that it is involved in flying in Malaysians and foreigners to the peninsula to vote in Sunday’s polls.
National carrier MAS has also denied allegations that it is deploying chartered flights to transport phantom voters.
Later, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor acknowledged yesterday that voters were being flown in to the peninsula, but stressed that the flights were sponsored by “friends” of BN as part of the party’s “get out the vote” campaign for Election 2013.
“Friends” of BN have committed an election offence by flying in voters from east Malaysia to key states in the peninsula.
Such flights were “very suspicious” and pointed out that it was usually Sabahans and Sarawakians working in the peninsula who have to fly back home to vote in the Borneo states, and not the other way round.
“It’s an offence under 20(6)(b), referring to the Election Offences Act 1954.
Under that section, voters may be ferried to their polling stations across the sea, but that such transportation must be provided to all voters.
Hhowever, that since such flights were provided by “friends” of BN, it was likely that the flights were only for those voting for the coalition.
You’ve got to give it to everybody. You can’t be selective..
They have not shown themselves to be independent, referring to the Election Commission.
It’s a very close, hotly-contested election, and that’s when you need the referee to be really fair.
Anwar urged “patriotic Malaysians” yesterday to gather evidence of voter fraud and back him to “exorcise this country from the demons of BN and the Election Commission.”
The Election Commission has no power to investigate vote- buying claims, which fall under the authority of police and the anti-corruption agency, Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria, the body’s secretary-general, told
He urged groups to produce evidence of any irregularities and welcomed Bersih’s criticism of the commission.
Voter rolls have swelled to 13.3 million, a 22 per cent increase from the last election, according to Election Commission data.
To all the UMNO Baru and BN supporters, please understand that it is also your freedom to choose and rights that is violated by this caretaker UMNO/BN government!
You may not think that it is important but it is the future of the newer generation of Malaysians that is at stake here.
Do not support the unscrupulous UMNO Baru and BN warlords!
Bear in mind that the odds are stacked against the PR parties in bringing about change for the better!
Voters aged 21 to 29 make up 19 per cent of the electorate compared with 14 per cent in 2008.
Currently, the illegal movement of ballot votes in Manjung Perak where they were caught in the act and photos are available in the net. The SPR reason : to do checking. About 18,000 votes by the navy is compromised when it is brought out of the prison cell without any notification. The rest need more evidences.
BN will be at fault for not having a free and fair elections .It is still not too late for BN to ensure these phantom voters do not vote. Be a responsible party for the people
It will be a sad sad day if Malaysia's future is decided by phantoms and foreigners.
Fair play please. Malaysia belongs to Malaysians; not Banglas, Indons and Pakistanis!