The mother of all riggings, to stop the mother of all defeats

Opinion  |  Mariam Mokhtar
Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | Even former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, who was known for rigging elections, did not have the effrontery to tell his people that there would be no cheating at the polls.

So what does that make our Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak, who said last week, "There is no chance of cheating in GE-14?" To call him a po-faced liar would invite the wrath of the inspector-general of police (IGP). Maybe Najib is someone with a healthy ego, and a high opinion of himself, what Donald Trump would call, "A real positive in life".

Najib was furious with the meddling by European Union (EU) representatives and key figures from Pakatan Harapan. He dismissed concerns about cheating and said, "Our system is now more transparent than it ever has been. We have polling agents, we have counting agents. We have the indelible ink system. There is no chance for cheating.”

The British taught us a useful trick: to pass laws to make something legal. Najib's administration has done this, as have previous administrations before him. The authorities then act in accordance with the law. In other words, the law is used to legalise their actions.

We have legalised corruption, legalised vote-rigging, legalised body snatching, legalised child kidnapping (as in conversion cases), legalised land grabs and legalised pedophilia (child marriages).

The (EC) redraws electoral boundaries and claims that all is above board. We disagree and call this gerrymandering.

BN stands to gain the most, when 128 of the 222 constituencies are redrawn in the re-delineation exercise, especially in the opposition-held state of Selangor, the richest state in Malaysia.

In 2013, military personnel cast their votes one week before May 5, the day of the general election. Major Zaidi Ahmad of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), found that the indelible ink used in GE13 washed-off a few hours after he had voted.

As he did not want unscrupulous people to abuse the system and vote multiple times, he lodged a police report about the ink, because he wanted to uphold the constitution.

He was immediately transferred from Butterworth, put on trial on various charges relating to that report, and for sending text messages about the non-indelible ink. He was later discharged...

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