Pakatan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad claims that there are 900 voters with the name of ‘Fatimah Ismail’ and the same birth date registered in polling stations nationwide. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, January 15, 2018.
by Musliza Mustafa
THERE are 900 ‘Fatimah Ismail’ who were born on the same date registered at various polling stations nationwide, Dr Mahathir Mohamad revealed during his speech at the launching of Bersatu Setiawangsa division in Kuala Lumpur last night.
He said the names were among many other questionable information that were detected in the electoral roll he obtained recently.
“Recently I obtained a copy of the electoral roll for the coming general election. We found many discrepancies that were deliberately done to help (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak). There are 900 people by the name of Fatimah Ismail who were born on the same day in the list,” said Dr Mahathir.
The Bersatu and Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said he also found, among other things, that voters in Langkawi have to cast their votes in Alor Setar on the mainland.
Dr Mahathir said having the polling station in Alor Setar meant many may not cast their votes due to the inconvenience of travelling between the Kedah mainland and the island.
“When they went to the normal polling station and found out that their names were not there and that they need to travel to Alor Setar (to vote), they might not go as they do not have the time,” he said.
The only way to travel to Alor Setar was either by sea or by air.
The cheapest means of transportation is by ferry to Kuala Kedah at RM23 for adults and RM17 for children while each trip lasts about one hour and 45 minutes.
“Thousands of Langkawi voters will not cast their votes because their polling stations are too far. It is Najib’s hope that it will make PH lose 1,000 votes,” said Dr Mahathir.
The former prime minister said Langkawi is not an isolated incident and similar things are happening nationwide.
He said there were 9 million voters in the electoral roll which were registered without their full address.
“There are those with house numbers but no road names, there are also those with road names but no house numbers. There is also a house where the number of registered voters are more than 70.
“And we checked one address in Alor Setar where there are 11 registered voters, but when we got there, there are only two. We do not know where the rest are coming from,” said Dr Mahathir.
He said that Barisan Nasional also seems to think Malays could be easily bribed for support.
“So they separate the Malays from the Chinese so they can be bribed to vote Umno and BN. This is against the law but this this is the current situation in the country,” Dr Mahathir said in his speech to about 500 Bersatu supporters.
He said the things that are going on in the country are making Malaysians to deny that they are from the country.
“Give Najib one more term, and we will lose all the lands and we will have to live next to jungle or in the jungle,” said Dr Mahathir.
He said that without a strong opposition, it will be hard to bring down Najib.
“If we are not cooperating and continue to compete with each other we will lose and Najib will retain his power. That is why we have to stand united,” said Dr Mahathir.
He also said that Bersatu will continue to thrive and that he is confident to win in the coming 14th general election (GE14) although the party and the coalition does not have enough financial support.
“We have no money but we have high fighting spirit, which is worth a lot more than money. We are willing to sacrifice to do voluntary work so that the thug can be gotten rid off in GE14.
“We are confident that we have enough people and supporters who are not even members to join in the fight,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said he is also aware of the problems that he will “inherit” should PH win the election and forms government.
Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin in his speech also told the crowd that he did not envy Dr Mahathir’s prime minister candidacy.
“I do not envy him. It is not an easy task. Dr Mahathir has wisdom and a brain sharper than anyone, even Najib. We need him. Because of that we need to keep on fighting,” said Muhyiddin. – Source courtesy The Malaysian Insight
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