‘Evil’ BN injected voters into Sibu


By Joseph Tawie, FMT

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP has accused the Barisan Nasional (BN) of resorting to “evil means” in order to recapture the parliamentary seat of Sibu, which the opposition won in last year’s by-election.

It alleged that the BN had employed dirty tactics such “injecting” or increasing normal and postal votes and registering non-citizens as voters in an attempt to take back Sibu in the by-election last May.

In the polls, DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng snatched the seat from BN-Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) by a small margin of 398 votes.

“We have managed to find out in Sibu that there was an unexplained and sudden increase of voters in certain areas as well as the registration of non-citizens as voters.

“We found that there were many voters who were registered in the electoral rolls, but their names did not appear in the database of National Registration Department (NRD).

“For the record, Dudong has 27 individuals registered in the electoral rolls, but their names were not found in the NRD head office.

“In Pelawan, the number was 21 and Nangka had 36. For other areas we are going to check the national registration database and match it with the electoral rolls,” Wong said after chairing the Sate DAP committee meeting yesterday.

He said the Election Commission (EC) must explain the discrepancy.

“The EC must explain why these individuals were being registered in the electoral rolls. Did it mean that the non-citizens have been registered as voters?

“We also want to know the unexplained increase of voters in Nangka which saw an increase of 497 voters…

“This is disproportionate to the increase in other constituencies like Bukit Assek where we saw a decrease of 50 voters, Dudong with an increase of 291, Bawan Assan 121 and Palawan 345,” said Wong who is the State assemblyman for Bukit Assek.