Friday, 19 July 2013

Lawsuit against EC labelled ‘political game’

SIBU: The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawsuit against the Election Commission (EC) to nullify the election results has been slammed as just another “political game”.

Barisan Nasional (BN) state youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof called the lawsuit a waste of time and resources.

“I hope the people will realise this is just another political game and what a waste of the people’s money and the judiciary’s time,” he said when contacted.

PR – comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) – along with several PR candidates who lost by narrow margins, filed the lawsuit to declare the results of all 222 parliamentary seats null and void.

Among the claims are that the use of indelible ink caused massive cheating, destroyed the integrity of the election and deprived PR of a legitimate opportunity to form the federal government.

“First of all, they must prove there were voters who voted

twice. And secondly, the indelible ink was insisted on by the opposition though the majority of us in BN insisted on biometrics.

“By now, I think you can guess why they insisted on using the ink. They have even been sworn in and formed the government in three states and some leaders of the opposition had even accepted the process openly, so why be so inconsistent?” questioned Fadillah, who is Works Minister and Petra Jaya Member of Parliament.

Chief political secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Saidol said every citizen has the right to seek justice when there is glaring evidence of wrongdoing as “we must believe in the due process of law”.

“But unfortunately, I view this particular action of seeking to declare the recent PRU13 (13th general election) as null and void, and subsequently wanting a re-election – ridiculous and definitely an act of political sore losers,” he said.

Abdullah added this proved that PR is only interested in securing political power and did not have the people’s interests at heart.

“We in BN started working and visiting our respective constituencies immediately after the election. Our promise to work hard in representing the people’s needs must be fulfilled.

“It’s no use being politically popular, if you can’t represent your voters’ needs sincerely and efficiently,” he said.

He stressed that what the people need are useful and productive elected representatives and not ones obsessed with political games.

“This bunch of sore losers are only interested to be YB but not elected representative,” he said.

Meanwhile, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun pointed out that by swearing-in to their positions as members of parliament, the opposition had actually recognised the election results. - theborneopost

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