Muhyiddin wants EC to probe claims of identity theft in by-election

You Teong King, Habibah Abdul Gafor and Rihannah Soha show reporters that they were unable to vote. On the left is Johor MCA Youth chief Ling Tian Soo.

PONTIAN: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wants the Election Commission (EC) to investigate claims that unknown persons had used the MyKad details of three voters to cast their ballots in the Tanjung Piai by-election today.

“I don’t know as I’m not an EC officer. It’s up to the EC to verify whether the claims are true or otherwise,” he told reporters at the Pontian police headquarters after three residents lodged reports that they were unable to vote as their MyKad details had been used.

Earlier, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said the three voters were shocked when EC officers at the polling centre at Sungai Boh in Kukup turned them away.

He said they were told that their MyKad had been used for voting.

“What tricks are they playing? Police reports are being made,” he wrote on Twitter.

Johor MCA Youth chief Ling Tian Soon later identified the trio as You Teong King, 72, Habibah Abdul Gafor, 72, and Rihannah Soha, 62.