Past fraud, new risks in Malaysia

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Suspicions over the integrity of a undercover voter registration programme popularly known as “Project M” that fast-tracked citizenship and voting rights for immigrants in Sabah threaten to complicate upcoming general elections, writes Anil Netto.

mahathir and sabah IC for votes scam

Witness testimony to a royal commission of inquiry into the program suggests that large-scale fraud took place in Sabah in the 1990s. The revelations have raised new questions about the accuracy of the country’s voter rolls, an issue opposition politicians and civil society activists have highlighted at street rallies calling for electoral reforms.

The inquiry, which was set up last August, has heard witnesses testify that government officials loyal to the ruling United Malays Nasional Organization (UMNO) engaged in undercover operations to topple the then ruling party in Sabah, the multi-ethnic Parti Bersatu Sabah (Sabah United Party), which at the time was in opposition at the federal level.

The party was apparently perceived by some UMNO loyalists to be “Christian-led” and the covert objective was to replace it with a state-level coalition that would be more “friendly to Islam” under the umbrella of the federal-level ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Full article in Asia Times Online.

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najib manaukau
6 Feb 2013 8.08am

It is always maintained most, if not all the figures and statistic given or released by the shenanigan Mahathir and from the various governments departments, such as the census board, the election commission and the likes. All these figures are (perhaps) not the real figures … (they could be) made up just to justify the shenanigan’s (wrongdoings) and most of all his many deceptions.

He has done nothing good or right in his life time … the truth about this devil in disguise as a human being is now slowly being revealed of what he has done. Like everything in life nature too has made a mistake in his creation and for that reason he is still alive to pay for them. That is karma !