PKR wants indelible ink used in Permatang Pauh


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Aug 2008

BUTTERWORTH: PKR is urging the Election Commission to use the indelible ink in the coming Permatang Pauh by-election.

Its Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said it would be a waste of public funds if the ink were not used.

“This is the best time for the commission to test the ink whether it is workable or not,” he said yesterday.

Shamsul said the usage of the ink would help promote greater transparency in the country’s election process.

He also said the party’s youth wing was gearing up for the by-election, following the opening of its operations centre in Taman Sama Gagah last Sunday.

“While the Yayasan Aman premises in Penanti will be used as PKR’s main election operations centre, the one in Taman Sama Gagah will act as our base.

“We will soon open similar youth centres in Seberang Jaya and Penanti,” he said.

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) national coordinator R. Thanenthiran said Barisan Nasional could win the by-election if it was able to deliver some of the promises that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was presently making to the people.

“Barisan should strive to be more people-friendly, allow more open debates with the Opposition and allow greater press freedom.

“It should also further bring down fuel prices and consider abolishing the Internal Security Act,” he said.

“We are confident of convincing about 90% of the 7,000-odd Indian voters in Permatang Pauh to support Anwar,” he said.

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