Pakatan tells airline staff, voters to help defeat alleged fraud

3 May

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has called on airline employees and voters to help fight fraud in the May 5 general election amid claims 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 three-party pact’s Selangor chief, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (picture), said today the admission by Barisan Nasional (BN) that it was flying in voters from Sabah and Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia strengthens allegations of attempts at vote-rigging.

The ruling coalition’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said yesterday that “friends” of BN are helping them fly voters back to 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.

“The statement by Tengku Adnan is raising concerns that there is a planned attempt to tamper with the elections in Selangor,” Abdul Khalid, who is also the state’s caretaker mentri besar, told a press conference here.

“Therefore, we appeal to staff involved like pilots, crew and technical staff not to be involved in activities that are against the law,” he added.

Polls reform group Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said earlier that the “friends” of BN had committed an election offence by flying in voters from east Malaysia to key states in the peninsula.

Ambiga, who is the co-chair of polls watchdog Bersih, also said 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),” Ambiga told The Malaysian Insider.




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