Indelible ink mystery still unsolved

By Suganya Lingan, Free Malaysia Today

For 21 months, Malaysians for Free and Fair Election (Mafrel) has waited for the Election Commission (SPR) to provide evidence supporting its decision against using indelible ink in the 12th General Election.

And while Mafrel waits,  the ink  has been quietly disposed of.

“It was burnt in accordance with procedures set by government regulations,”  Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told parliament recentl.  He said  it could not be used because of  “security and legal problems.”

Mafrel president Syed Ibrahim Alhabshi said “disposed of or not, the people deserve to know the truth. They must be told  who was  responsible for the decision to retract the use of the indelible ink in the (12th) general elections in March 2008.”.

He said Marel held a press conference when SPR first announced its decision to retract the use of the ink and had demanded to know the reason behind the decision but received no answers.