EC: Selangor rep’s claim false, baseless
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 ujita.com 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