BESUT: Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof has challenged Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to be “a man” and repeat the allegations he made in the Dewan Rakyat against him and his deputy over close links to the supplier of the indelible ink.
“This is a serious allegation made in the Dewan Rakyat where the two of us are not able to defend ourselves.
“We are giving the Pandan MP one week to repeat this allegation — with our names — if he is making the accusation based on facts, if he is a responsible individual and if he is a man,” he said, adding that he would discuss with his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar on their next course of action should Rafizi refuse to do so.
Rafizi, he said, had made the allegations in his debate on July 16, during which he had mentioned their posts and names.
However, when he was asked by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to repeat his claims outside the House, Rafizi had left out their names, merely saying the “EC leadership”, said Abdul Aziz.
Rafizi’s accusation, he added, had affected both their families and tarnished the EC’s good name and reputation.
Abdul Aziz said the commission would also carry out an in-depth study before deciding whether to continue with the use of the indelible ink.
“There are many considerations that we need to look into and before we make a decision, we will engage the stakeholders,” he said after visiting several polling centres here yesterday.
Malaysia, he pointed out, had held 12 general elections and countless by-elections without using the ink before it was introduced in the last nationwide polls.
He also said the EC had spent RM760,000 to run the Kuala Besut by-election, declining however to reveal the cost of the indelible ink, which was different from that used in the general election.
Asked on the move by certain people in giving out free petrol to motorcyclists on Tuesday, Abdul Aziz said the EC was unaware of this and urged those concerned to lodge a police report.
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