Kit Siang slams EC for Penanti delay

(The Malaysian Insider) KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today criticised the Election Commission (EC) for postponing the Penanti by-election announcement, asking if its pandering to the ruling federal coalition.

The EC delayed its announcement to next Monday from tomorrow although it had met yesterday.

The Ipoh Timur MP asked if the EC was waiting to see the Barisan Nasional’s decision to contest any possible by-election in Penanti as the coalition supreme council meets tomorrow.

“It is a creature dependent on the BN government’s directives. This has never happened before. They had a meeting and have already stated that they would announce their decision tomorrow but now there is a deferment," Kit Siang said in a statement.

“They are apparently waiting for the signal from BN. This is shameful. EC should not act as the appendage of the ruling coalition,” he said bluntly.

He added the new EC chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, has stooped lower than his predecessor who Kit Siang said was at least more ‘subtle’ in displaying his ‘allegiance’ to the ruling coalition.

The veteran opposition leader said the postponement was a clear indicator that the EC was not an independent and professional body.