Malaysia

Watchdogs on foreigners’ ‘fishy behaviour’ in GE13, says PAS

By Zurairi AR
May 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — PAS volunteers will be at specific venues across the country to spot people, especially foreigners, who behave suspiciously and might vote on Polling Day tomorrow, party vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said today.

This comes as fears over foreigners being flown in to Peninsular Malaysia to vote as phantom voters intensified in the last few days before Election 2013 despite denials by both the Election Commission (EC) and the police.

“Since the news yesterday, we have planned a strategy to monitor, and we have sent reports to our central operation centre,” Salahuddin (picture) told The Malaysian Insider.

“We want to tell them, do not think that your movements and actions are not being watched,” he said.

According to Salahuddin, agents from PAS and also other parties in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) are on a stakeout today, helped by information from the public.

These agents are placed at various spots, including bus stations, airports and homes but Salahuddin refused to divulge more information on these agents out of concern for their own safety.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that it is impossible for foreigners to vote in tomorrow’s polls and police will act if it happens, amid fears of widespread electoral fraud.

He said no police reports have been lodged on phantom voters planning to cast their ballots in Election 2013, adding that additional flights at this time are not unusual.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor admitted last Thursday that voters were being flown in to the peninsula from east Malaysia, but stressed that the flights were sponsored by “friends” of BN as part of the party’s “get out the vote” campaign for Election 2013.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said that over 40,000 dubious voters, including foreigners from Sabah and Sarawak, have been flown in since last week to key states in the peninsula like Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, who is the co-chair of polls watchdog Bersih 2.0, said yesterday that it was “treason” to transfer foreigners from east Malaysia to immigration depots to vote in Election 2013, where BN and PR are in a neck-and-neck race to Putrajaya.

The Anything But Umno (ABU) movement has put up banners throughout the peninsula that warn foreigners against voting in Election 2013, saying that they would be handed over to the police if caught.