Thursday, May 08, 2008

No evidence indelible ink was brought in

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have not found any evidence that indelible ink was brought into the country from Thailand in the run-up to the recent general election.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP - Batu Gajah) in Dewan Rakyat Tuesday that after studying the report that it had received and interviewing all the witnesses and complainant involved, the police found no such evidence.

“This is because not one witness has ever seen the ink. From their testimony, no individual, syndicate or certain parties have been identified to be involved in such activities.

“The statement made by the complainant and the witnesses were thus rumours and no individual has been positively identified or known to be involved.

“The investigation papers have been refered to the deputy prosecutor’s office on March 14. On March 31, the case has been classified as ‘no further action’,”he said.

The Election Commission had planned to use indelible ink in the general election. However, a few days before polling day on March 8, the plan was scrapped by the commission, citing concerns over a possible sabotage.

Syed Hamid said three investigation papers had been opened under Section 420 or 511 of the Penal Code by the Commercial Crimes Division.

“The police report was lodged by a few individuals who were concerned over the use of the indelible ink as this can be easily obtained in Thailand.

“They were worried that certain groups with interest would abuse the ink during the general election,” he said.

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