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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008

    FAQ: What to do with Phantoms?

    This email came to me: Dear PY, Minggu lepas, pejabat kawan saya di Phileo Promenade di Jalan Ampang, seorang staff Myanmmar telah diarahkan mengambil IC yg sudah sedia dikutip di Langkawi. Friend: Bila ditanya oleh rakan saya, bila masa dia buat Biometrik..? Myanmmar: Tahun lepas disebuah rumah kedai. F: Kenapa buat dirumah kedai..? M:Tidak dapat dikesan. sebelum ni dapat gangguan dan dikesan di JPN dan juga tempat yang terbuka. F: Kos perjalanan siapa bayar..? M: Wakil BN bayar.. Dan sebelum ini pun mereka bayar.. F: Berapa yang akan bersama dengannya... M: 500 orang. Dan IC ni digunakan utk mengundi BN dan dihantar merata tempat di seluruh negara..!
    Phantoms are illegal voters. Phantoms steal your rights as a voter as they sabotage your Constitutional right to choose your Representative by diluting your vote.
    The term "phantom" is quite broad and is generally taken to cover the following classes:
    1. A person who uses another person's ic to vote. This may be with or without the other person's knowledge.

    • Without the voter's knowledge, we can consider it as vote-stealing.
      • It happens when from past records, the voter has not turned up to vote twice or more.
      • Or it could be someone who did not even register as a voter, yet their name has been used to register as a voter.

    • ​With the voter's knowledge. This is known as vote-buying.

    ​ 2. A person who is not resident in a particular constituency but who uses a local address to register there. Many political parties get their supporters to do this to shift them to strategic places. The applicant would have already committed an offence during the submission of his application form (Form A). The applicable section is Section 3 of the Election Offences Act 1954. Strictly speaking, this person is not a phantom. There are also many reports of the SPR doing it without the consent or knowledge of the voter. (The voter has not committed an offence but he may be required to prove he did not apply for the shift in address). This practice by the SPR is known as "malallocation". This is a serious offence under "Section 4 Offences by election officers" of the Election Offences Act 1954. It carries a fine of RM 3,000, a jail term of up to 1 year or both. But of course, so far, we have not heard of any case of any election officer being charged despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of voters have been shifted against their will in the past.
    3. A foreign national who is given a MyKad and registered as a voter on the promise to vote for certain parties. This is not only illegal. This is treason as national security has been compromised. The above email refers to this case.
    All of the above practices are classified as Electoral Offences in Part II of the Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5).
    B. What can we do as a Barung Agent (Booth Observer) or a Polling Agent?

    1. Learn to smile,
    2. Issue Surat Bantahan if you have a strong suspicion after questioning the voter,
    3. Record the event, name and address of voter in your surat bantahan,
    4. Ask for Form 11 to be filled, and a copy given to you.

    5. Try to take photo to make police report, with KTM's permission.

    If you do this often enough, the news will leak out and the phantoms will get the message. Hopefully, it can deter the others, especially if there are voters outside making a ruckus as well.
    C. What can we do as voters? This is the most powerful part but not enough voters are taking action.
    1. As a voter, you have a right to protect your right to a Free and Fair Election. This is absolutely vital in a democracy. What the phantom is doing is stealing your right. And it is important to remember that the phantom could not have done it alone. It requires the active help of many Govt agencies, who have violated their Constitutional duty to protect the security of the nation and are thereby guilty of treason!
    2. You must challenge the phantom voter, question him. Ask him how he obtained the MyKad. Take him to the police station to make a report. Make it dangerous for other phantoms to come forward to vote.
    3. Create a mass protest so that the culprits who are involved will be forced to pull back.
    You must not accept this quietly. If we use the RM 1.08 Trillion of Illicit Fund Transfer out of the country from year 2000 to 2009 as a benchmark, the loss to each voter is RM 100,000. That is how much it is worth for a crooked politician to steal power.
    Last edited by lkings; 14th February 2012 at 11:49 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Election Offences Act:

    7. Personation.

    Every person who at an election applies for a ballot paper in the name of some other person, whether that name be that of a person living or dead, or of a fictitious person or who, having voted once at any such election, applies at the same election for a ballot paper in his own name, shall be guilty of the offence of personation.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2008

    FAQ: How to detect phantoms?

    Extremely difficult and complex. It starts at the electoral roll level. During elections, it is already too late. The article by Ong Kian Ming lists out 10 areas of fraud, which he estimates can involve 400,000 illegal voters.

    Solution 1: All voters must appear on 1 master roll and all details of ID numbers must be shown for a voter - IC, Military ID, Police ID and such other ID accepted by the EC to identify a voter.

    2. All voters must be subjected to indelible ink application, including postal voters inside Malaysia. The only exception is for Postal Voters outside the country other than Brunei and Singapore.

    3. Replace the EC with people from civil society.

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