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‘Explain PMO’s role in flying in dubious voters’

 | May 2, 2013

As many as 30,000 and more foreigners are being moved to the Peninsular from Sabah and Sarawak, claims Anwar Ibrahim.


PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim wants caretaker Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to explain the Prime Minister’s Office’s alleged role in moving 30,000 foreigners from Sabah and Sarawak to the Peninsular within the next three days.

“We have received information that chartered 747 jets, as many as 16 flights a day [is used]. We have credible documentary evidence.

“Why is the Prime Minister’s Office involved, Najib?” the Pakatan Rakyat supremo asked during a press conference held at the PKR headquarters this morning.

He revealed that on average some 4,500 people were moved in 16 flights daily from East Malaysia, especially from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan in Sabah and Sibu and Miri in Sarawak.

Today’s revelation comes after Anwar first revealed evidence of foreigners’ presenc e in the military and police forces that FMT reported on Monday.

There has been an increase in the number of chartered flights since April 25th and according to Anwar thehigh names are made up of foreigners especially from Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines who he suspects had voted with the military and police personnel as early voters.

“Perhaps Najib had started hiring Bangladeshis and Indonesians into the police and military. I do not know,” he said.

Basing his facts from an email that he received from MAS and a passenger list, the flights only did not operate on May 1.  The airlines involved were national airline MAS, Air Asia and Firefly.

Apart from civilian flights, the military is also being used, said Anwar.  “We also have information that the C130 Hercules are being used to move these phantom voters to land in smaller airports such as Batu Berendam and Ipoh.”

BN’s grand scheme

Anwar also questioned the neutrality and professionalism of the Inspector General of Police Ismail Omar, Malaysian Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zain, the Immigration Department director general Alias Ahmad and the National Registration Department (NRD) director general, Jariah Mohd Said.

“Can both the IGP and Chief of the Armed Forces assure us that they are neutral professionals and are not involved in a plot to keep BN in power by having their intelligence personnel involved in orchestrating the movement of dubious people?

“Can the Malaysian Armed Forces chief explain if the various Territorial Army camps are being used as accommodation centres for these dubious individuals?

“Can the Immigration department director general explain the usage of foreign migrant detention centres in Lenggeng, Sepang and Semenyih used to provide accommodation for these foreign phantom voters?” Anwar asked.

He also questioned the NRD’s possible role in giving out Malaysian identity cards to the foreign workers who work at the Sepang Formula 1 circuit and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

He also warned that everyone who is involved in this grand scheme of ensuring BN’s victory through dubious voters would be charged once Pakatan Rakyat comes into power.

“The people’s interest and sovereignty of the constitution must be respected,” said Anwar.

He also announced that in the event Pakatan Rakyat wins the polls on May 5, he would declare May 6 as a national public holiday to allow Malaysians, living far away to return home after voting.

NRD’s Jariah Mat Said on Tuesday said that her department had never issued temporary identity cards to foreigners for the purpose of voting.

On Sunday,  Zulkifeli refuted claims that there was no transparency in voting for members of the MAF in the 13th general election (GE13).

Bersih wants MAS to clarify

In another press conference today, Bersih 2.0 urged Malaysian Airlines (MAS) to clarify claims that Umno had been flying East Malaysians into Peninsular to vote.

“Based on reports, it appears that Boeing-747s are being used, and this is unusual because MAS had stopped using 747s,” Bersih co-chair S Ambiga told a press conference here.

“We hear the flights are happening in the wee hours of  the morning. We need to hear from MAS themselves if this is happening,” she added.

Ambiga explained it was impossible to hide flight activity – “flying and landing times, and passenger manifest” – and called upon MAS to release a “full disclosure” to the public within 24 hours.

“All I am asking is for a full, frank disclosure by MAS. When a plane flies, it is not confidential,” she said.

“Once MAS has come clean about it, we can put the matter to rest so the public are not in position of speculating,” she added.

She further said it “does not make sense” for East Malaysians to be flying into Peninsular to vote.

On Monday, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim accused Umno of flying outside voters in, when commenting on the 130,000 votes whose names appear on the state electoral roll but could not be found.

Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has since dispelled the claims by Khalid, but acknowledged that there were East Malaysians who had transferred their addresses to the Peninsular because they had moved here.

The PMO however denied any involvement in any attempts to bring in foreigners to vote.

A government spokesperson said: “The PMO denies any involvement in such an exercise. The EC has been working extremely hard to ensure the elections are free and fair”.

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