PETALING JAYA: Elements of fraud and manipulation have been detected in the 14th General Election, which cost some Pakatan Harapan candidates their seats, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman said the party received reports about “sudden appearances” of ballot boxes at the eleventh hour.
“There were some (Pakatan) candidates who had already won, but suddenly the boxes appeared and we lost.
“There were also up to 800 cases of undi rosak (spoilt ballot papers).
“Don’t tell me Malaysians are that stupid?” said Dr Mahathir, who is also Pakatan chairman, after chairing the Pribumi supreme council meeting here yesterday.
Also present were Pribumi president and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Pribumi deputy president and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Pribumi Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Dr Mahathir said Pakatan would look into these cases and determine whether they had grounds to file petitions in court.
He said Pakatan was trying to ascertain the number of seats lost due to the alleged cheating.
Asked if the Government would make changes to the Election Commission (EC), Dr Mahathir said action would be taken according to the law.
“I understand that he (EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah) wants to resign, but if he doesn’t and if there are any (wrongdoings), then action will be taken according to the laws of the country,” he said.
He added, however, that Pakatan was happy that it had won GE14 as it was “unexpected”.
Dr Mahathir said he was proud that the transition of power happened peacefully and without any violence.
Pribumi, he said, had received many applications from people, especially from Umno members, to become part of the party.
He said applications from Umno members would only be considered once they declared that they had left the party, became independent and stated their stand towards the Pakatan government.
“Before we won, people were interested in joining Pribumi but now, there are at least 1,000 people asking to become members on a daily basis,” he added.
Pribumi had also talked about having its annual general meeting, structure and objectives, he said.
“Before, the focus was to defeat (former prime minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) – that was the main objective.
“But now we want to determine the objective of Pribumi so that people will know more about the party and its struggles,” he said.
In another development, Dr Mahathir announced that Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu would host the party’s Hari Raya celebration for its members.