PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has vowed to press ahead with monitoring the coming polls, despite the Election Commission turning down its application to do so.
In a brief statement, Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said the EC had denied the commission’s application to monitor the 14th general election, barring them from entering polling stations.
“Suhakam cannot comprehend this decision, especially as we are informed that there will be international observers during the election,” he said, alluding to election observers from Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.
“Suhakam considers itself a vehicle of integrity and draws its strength from its legislated mandate to protect and promote human rights in Malaysia and will, in public interest, proceed with its monitoring plan.”
Last week, the commission announced it would deploy a large team to monitor the conduct of the polls.
Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai said election monitoring had already been discussed by its board.
Two days ago, Suhakam said it will station its commissioners and volunteers at “hotspots” in the coming polls on nomination day and from May 6-9.
Its 50 representatives will monitor electoral misconduct, including vote inducement, intimidation of voters, problems with postal voting and advance voting, the electoral roll, and exploitation of racial or religious issues.