PAS: No phantom voters in Sg Limau

PAS refutes allegations that there were phantom voters during the Sungai Limau by-election.

K Pragalath, FMT

Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar today called Umno as being fools for claiming the existence of phantom voters in the recent Sungai Limau by-election.

“Umno are fools. The people in Sungai Limau have been voters for ages. They are not phantom voters. They are the second and third generation residents in that place,” said Mahfuz.

He said this in response to claims by Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim who yesterday said that there were phantom voters in Sungai Limau.

“You look at Bukit Besar which is one of the polling centres in Sungai Limau. There are more voters than residents living there and we were unable to trace them,” said Shahidan yesterday.

He also defined phantom voters as people who cannot be traced since they do not live in the constituency where they vote.

In view of this development, Shahidan said a special select committee would look into the problem of phantom voters since the election commission is currently powerless to resolve the issue.

In the Sungai Limau by-election that took place on Monday, PAS’ Mohd Azam Abd Samat garnered 12,069 votes against Umno’s Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim who polled 10,985 votes.

Mahfuz further questioned Shahidan on the definition of phantom voters.

“Are you saying that (Kedah Menteri Besar) Mukhriz Mahathir is a phantom since he lives in KL but is a registered voter in Kedah?

“Are you saying that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is a phantom voter because he lives in Seri Perdana?” Mahfuz said.

Mahfuz also added that the allegations were made simply because Umno lost in the by-election.

He further added that Umno never bothered to check on the voters in Sungai Limau.

“The older generation wouldn’t know the young and vice versa.  That’s normal,” he said.