Updated: Thu, 02 May 2013 12:40:39 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysia's regime denies vote fraud charge

Malaysia's opposition on Thursday accused the government of transporting tens of thousands of "imported voters" to sway weekend elections, a charge vehemently rejected by the ruling coalition.

Malaysia's regime denies vote fraud charge

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks at an election rally in Putrajaya on May 1, 2013. He has accused the government of transporting tens of thousands of "imported voters" to sway weekend elections, a charge vehemently rejected by the ruling coalition.

The allegation made by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim came a day after his three-party alliance and clean-election activists said Sunday's result could be skewed by revelations that indelible ink meant to halt fraud was easily washed off.

Anwar released a statement charging that at least 40,000 "dubious individuals" had been flown from Malaysian states on Borneo island to the capital Kuala Lumpur on chartered flights since last week.

"The timing of this surge in arrivals and its sheer size naturally raises the question of whether they have been transported here surreptitiously to vote in favour of (ruling coalition) Barisan Nasional," he said.

Barisan Nasional has for years denied allegations -- backed up by an ongoing inquiry -- that it illegally allowed huge numbers of foreigners including Filipinos and Indonesians into its two Borneo states in a bid to boost its voter base.

Anwar's party also produced documents it said indicated the office of Prime Minister Najib Razak was involved in the flights.

Electoral-reform advocates have warned of fraud in the election -- expected to be the closest in the country's history.

They allege the electoral roll is rife with irregularities that could open the door to "phantom voters" being brought in to tip the balance in closely fought seats.

The government acknowledged the chartered flights were taking place but insisted they were registered voters being returned to their homes in a "get out the vote" drive for Barisan Nasional (BN).

"The flights in question were organised and paid for by friends of BN. They brought registered voters to their home districts so that they may vote in the upcoming election," Adnan Mansor, a top coalition official, said.

"There is no substance whatsoever to opposition allegations that passengers were anything other than registered Malaysian voters."

A government official denied Najib's office was involved in the flights.

Malaysia has been on edge over the polls, with campaigning marred by hundreds of reports of election violence, including an improvised bomb that went off at a ruling-party event, injuring one person.

The ruling bloc has controlled Malaysia since independence in 1957 but faces the strongest opposition in the country's history, led by Anwar, a one-time Barisan heir-apparent ousted 15 years ago in a bitter power struggle.

May 2, 2013 9:30AM
The only way BN can win GE13 is PLAYING DIRTY. Without doubt, GE13 will be the dirtiest election ever to be held. 
May 2, 2013 9:58AM
BN always plays dirty, that's why they've been winning for the past 50 years. 
May 2, 2013 3:06PM
Everyone in Malaysia knows that BN relies heavily on 'phantom' voters and 'making' every foreigner a Malaysian in order to win more votes. It is time for Malaysians to take back Malaysia from the liars and cheaters we all know as Barisan Nasional. They have plundered all our nation's wealth for so many years. There offers of money to households and families during election times is a pitiful and manipulative way of trying to win votes.. in actual fact, they are just handing out the crumbs after they have feasted on tax payers' money. 
May 2, 2013 4:45PM
The flights are real, the contents suspect. The fears of a rig are accordingly real also. Best solution is to follow the good old evidence gathering and contamination rules: Guard the crime scene i.e. the polling stations and watch the boxes arriving at the counting centres. All above board, what everybody wants.   
May 2, 2013 6:24PM
i hope BN will not turn into Bangla Nasional after elections.....it is disgracing to note what some leaders will do to stay in power!
May 2, 2013 6:38PM

BN cheated in previous election (proven in court with testimonial from officer in charge), what make you think they won't do it again when they are bound to lose for the first time ever?


Bear in mind that their @$$es will be thrown in jail if PKR is to win this time. BN's survival instinct are telling them to repeat their modus operandi

May 2, 2013 7:29PM
BN admits flights are charted n paid for by BN friends to bring back voters n who ae these people suppose to vote for..Isn't this obvious.Come on BN the rakyat is not blind n stupid.
May 2, 2013 6:22PM
These r just signs there's trouble in paradise, folks...desperation exposes dirt which ultimately leads to defeat. Mark my words.
May 2, 2013 10:10PM
May 2, 2013 10:11PM
May 2, 2013 11:07PM

bn in desperate.i wouldn't be suprised in that case.

also i think they use different type indelible ink for the early voters

which can be removed.it is rubbish the spr said their staffs

didn't shake well

May 5, 2013 7:20PM

Well it turn out to be true

Expected but not to this extent

May 5, 2013 6:57PM
I can say, this MSN comments, full of idiot people. When the opposition won, you all say, yes they are right, no wrong. When the BN won, you all say, dirty game. 

I sincerely of the view that Malaysia should go like some developed countries, i.e. Singapore. When there is an accusation, ask them to prove. Bring them to the Civil Court. If failed,  ask them to pay for making false allegation. 

I, as a Malaysian, love this country. Enough of diverting the people mind. Stop this dirty politics. Lets us go forward. I urge all Malaysian change their mind. Enough of chosing, now let them work and we should support the majority. May Allah bless us all. Amin...

May 2, 2013 8:43PM
Hello, stupid Anwar, pls gather the evidences and show to us the citizen of Malaysia before it's too late i.e after we have put in our election paper in the box. We want to be fair to you, but please show the proof. Your immoral videos and accusations by various parties on your immoral behaviour still haunting us too much. We cannot accept a leader of such a very low moral status, that the fact that tells you the GE13 is not yours yet, it would be after you passed away, i.e. by your children. Your history is too bad to be a PM.
May 2, 2013 7:05PM

Dear Hello--,


You are just a chip of the old Anwar's block, Where is the evidence... don't just write by putting up some story, it reflect on you and your thinking.

May 2, 2013 5:32PM
If the people at large believe this, than they are equally silly.
May 2, 2013 5:40PM

Ha...ha...ha, Anwar, this is old tactics on your part (for that matter opposition's part). After all these years you never change (even your tactics never change). Prove it by showing some uncompromising  evidence. Like what Ibrahim Ali did against Nik Aziz's land accusation. (Somehow opposition and PAS is so very quite when good evidence are shown).



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