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EC’s excuse unbelievable, says Wan Azizah

 | May 1, 2013

The PKR president says she suspects something is amiss and the EC chairman must accept responsibility.


PETALING JAYA: It is unbelievable that the Election Commission (EC) has failed to train its staff on something very basic, said PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She was responding to EC secretary Kamaruddin Baria’s explanation that early voters could wash away the indelible ink as the bottles were not shaken before being used.

“I find it unbelievable. Something is wrong,” said Wan Azizah at a press conference held at the party headquarters today.

Yesterday, several military officers who cast early ballots showed several opposition leaders that they could wash away the ink within minutes after it was applied.

Negeri Sembilan PAS secretary Mohammad Hassan claimed that he has photographic evidence of the claims and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar had lodged a police report on the matter.

The ink was supposed to last for at least seven days on an individual’s finger.

Wan Azizah urged EC chairman Abdul Aziz Yusof to take responsibility over the fiasco.

She added that the opposition has also lost confidence in the indelible ink as it could be washed away easily.

“It’s back to square one for us. It poses a question on how the EC is going to handle this,” she said.

Explain bible seizures

On another matter, Wan Azizah urged the government to explain why Malay and Iban-language Bibles were being seized from prison inmates in Sibu.

“The authorities must answer this. They are going against what caretaker Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz had promised earlier,” she said.

On April 29, Prison Fellowship Malaysia (PFM) alleged that hundreds of Malay and Iban-language bibles with the word “Allah” have been confiscated from a prison in Sibu.

PFM also said the matter contravened the Cabinet’s 2011 decision and the 10-point resolution, which allow the Bumiputera Christian population in Sabah and Sarawak to bring in and use their bibles in Malay, as well as in other indigenous languages.

In 2011, Nazri said the Cabinet has no objection for East Malaysians to use al-Kitab which has the word “Allah” in it.

Also read:

EC probing reports on indelible ink

‘Allah’ bibles seized from Sibu prison

EC staff made mistake by not shaking ink bottle


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