Think tank Political Studies for Change (KPRU) vehemently condemns the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Election Commission (EC) of manipulating the 13th General Election (13GE). KPRU also criticizes the EC as a body that has lost its credibility to ensure GE13 runs smoothly and transparently. The voters will face a fierce battle against the most powerful department in the country which are the EC and PMO in the efforts of the voters whom are voting for the democratic future of their country.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) de facto leader, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the PMO is involved in the operation to bring in suspicious voters from East Malaysia to Peninsular Malaysia. According to him, at least 40,500 people will be brought through by flight to take part in the voting process. Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor later acknowledge that the said flights were paid by “friends” of Barisan Nasional (BN), as it was a part of the party’s “get out the vote” campaign.
KPRU urges BN to highlight the names of the passengers on the said flight to prove they are not foreigners.
In addition, the candidate for the Batu parliamentary seat Tian Chua also questioned indelible ink for being easily washed off as a well-planned conspiracy by the EC. Hence, the mastermind of this claim is probably the EC chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz.
Abdul Aziz however denied the allegations and insisted the EC is an impartial body. However, Abdul Aziz has also been disclosed as a member of the UMNO.
KPRU said the suspicion of the PMO and the EC manipulating 13GE has led to a loss of credibility and loss of people’s trust in this general election.
“GE is very important and in which it is a battle between hegemony and democracy.”
Apparently, the EC does not take a serious attitude towards the allegations of electoral fraud and instead is churning out feeble excuses to reject their responsibilities. Thus, this displays their inability to ensure GE13 is run as a clean and transparent general election. KPRU reminds the EC that the EC is an independent body that should be themed equality and justice. But now EC has been found to be an electoral machine for political parties.
According KPRU, the EC does not care of the existence of these alleged cases of election fraud and suspects that EC serves only as an escort to a rigged election. In addition, there is a picture circulating on the internet about claiming that a group of Bangladeshis are being brought in, wearing Umno caps and are accompanied by the police. They are suspected of entering the country to take part in the election. In a disclosure by Anwar Ibrahim, the foreign citizens are probably political pawns brought in to prevent regime change in the country.
Tian Chua has lodged a police report about the easily removed indelible ink on 30th April and also urged the EC chairman to resign. However, the EC chairman has denied the allegations and explained that indelible ink is easy to clean because the bottle was not shaken by the election officials.
KPRU believe the claims regarding election fraud has erased the confidence of the Malaysian voters. In this regard, in this three days of the election campaign, KPRU urges that all voters who are eligible to vote use their right to vote to prevent the election fraud as well as the prevent foreigners from destroying the future of this country as well as the future of our children and grandchildren.