Wednesday 4 April 2012

PAS uncovers 'task force' to turn foreigners into voters

PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar today claimed that he has evidence to show that the government has set up a ‘task force’ to naturalise foreigners so that they can vote in the upcoming general election.

NONEQuoted in party organ Harakahdaily, Mahfuz (left) named an aide to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, and senior officials of the National Security Council, National Registration Department and the Election Commission.

The names have been withheld by Malaysiakini pending confirmation.

“The BN government cannot face political pressure and are trying to deal with it by bringing in foreigners to vote for BN,” he told a press conference at the parliament lobby today.

He added that the evidence, which was not described by Harakahdaily, would warrant a royal commission of inquiry, and that the election cannot be held until the RCI’s report is ready.
When met later, Mahfuz refused to reveal how he got hold of this information nor substantiate his claim.
"This is information obtained from within," said Mahfuz, stressing that he cannot reveal his source.
However, Mahfuz said he would willing to reveal all should a RCI be formed to probe his claim.

Supporting his call, PAS Youth information chief Ridhuan Mohd Nor in a statement said the allegations were “very serious” and concerned the sovereignity of the country.

“This gives the impression that our country can at any time be sold to foreign powers by government leaders who betray the rakyat’s trust,” he said.

Last year, PAS activists had cornered bus loads of foreigners at a resort in Sungai Merab, who were allegedly part of a MyKad scam.

Police, however, claimed that the foreigners were there for an entrepreneurial course.

Additional reporting by S Pathmawathy in Parliament.

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