EC: Se­lan­gor rep’s claim false, base­less

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) has rub­bished a claim that pros­thetic fin­gers will be im­ported from China to “by­pass” in­deli­ble ink in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

EC chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah said the al­le­ga­tions by a Se­lan­gor assem­bly­man were base­less and false.

He assured the public that such a sit­u­a­tion would not oc­cur and stressed that the elec­toral polls con­ducted by the com­mis­sion were clean, trans­par­ent and free from any fraud or ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“EC takes this se­ri­ously and has in­ves­ti­gated the claim. We have iden­ti­fied the source of the im­age, and it was lifted from a web­site in a neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

“The orig­i­nal im­age is sus­pected to be from the web­site akikof in an ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘Pros­thetic Fin­gers Help Re­form For­mer Yakuza Mem­bers’, which was pub­lished on Dec 16, 2013,” Hashim said yes­ter­day.

Last month, a Se­lan­gor assem­bly­man had claimed that pros­thetic fin­gers had been im­ported from China to be used in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Hashim said the im­age was then cir­cu­lated by cer­tain quar­ters in In­done­sia to claim that they would be used to cheat in the polls there.

“De­spite this, the photo has been cir­cu­lated by ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ties in Malaysia. It has spread through so­cial me­dia to arouse sus­pi­cion that (the pros­thetic fin­gers) would be im­ported to en­sure the vic­tory of a cer­tain po­lit­i­cal party.

“EC guar­an­tees that such a thing would not be al­lowed to hap­pen in the next gen­eral elec­tion. We will en­sure that no form of fraud or ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are com­mit­ted.”

Hashim said he hoped the public would give their full con­fi­dence and trust to the com­mis­sion in con­duct­ing the polls fairly and trans­par­ently.

Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah

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