IGP: Bukit Aman working with Indonesian counterpart over postal ballot papers

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  • Sunday, 14 Apr 2019

Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman is working with Indonesian police (Polri), in connection with the discovery of Indonesia's postal voting papers in Kajang, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic).

The Inspector-General of Police said investigations are already underway to determine the type of action that could assist Indonesian authorities.

"We are working closely with Polri, as the case does not involve any infringement of Malaysian laws.

"Investigations are still ongoing," he said in a statement on Sunday (April 14).

Previously, Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin confirmed that two police reports had been lodged on the matter.

It is learnt that the police reports were lodged on Thursday (April 11) by two Indonesian citizens, who suspected possible election misconduct, following the discovery of the ballot papers at two locations in Kajang.

A viral video also showed the ballot papers scattered at the premises in Selangor.

AFP reported that Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week's election results over separate voter list irregularities.

Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) has sent a team to Malaysia to investigate as many as 20,000 ballots, including many marked in favour of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.

"This concerns a very sensitive issue and since it happened in another country, we're doing a very careful investigation," KPU chief Arief Budiman told a press conference late Thursday.

Recent polls suggest Jokowi, 57, has a double-digit lead over challenger Prabowo Subianto, an ex-military general, setting up a repeat of the pair's contest in 2014, which Jokowi narrowly won.

Indonesia's opposition has already warned of court challenges and street protests over irregularities, including errors in dates of birth and duplicate identity card numbers, for some 17.5 million registered voters – nearly 10% of the electorate.

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot on Wednesday (April 17) in one of the world's biggest one-day elections, with some two million living overseas also registered to vote, including in Malaysia.

Indonesia's Elections Supervisory Agency confirmed that stray ballots marked in Jokowi's favour were found in Malaysia after videos surfaced online that showed people raiding an empty store in Selangor and unpacking several bags containing marked ballots.

Another video, apparently from another location in Malaysia, showed two women punching holes in ballots, which is how a vote is marked in Indonesia's elections.

But the agency said the ballots' authenticity is yet to be confirmed.

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