Fears over cheating and fraud in the election has prompted the Election Commission to inspect fingers, known as ‘finger massaging’, at the polls. This would require EC staff to closely expect the fingers of all voters to make sure there are no traces of ink being previously applied. It had been mistakenly reported that it would be the first time the EC had introduced the procedure, but that is not the case. Who cares when it was introduced, says watchdog Tindak Malaysia, it’s a dud.
‘The speaker suddenly stops, unable to think of any more possibilities, before finally admitting that the whole thing is incredibly exciting. The room fills with electricity generated, it seems, by minds boggling at the possibilities, and then the hedging begins – anything is possible. Finally comes exhaustion, then a return to bored equanimity.
Opposition the redrawing of electoral boundaries across the country has been officially filed marking the end of the EC’s month-long public review of the process. Pakatan Harapan and Bersih both argue the redraw would unfairly favour Barisan Nasional.
‘...To say that this is to be expected of young people and “narcissistic millennials” is untrue. This political indifference is a recent trend, and a far cry from the last election in 2013 where young voters were a force to be reckoned with.’
The EC has ruled out a by-election in Paya Besar after incumbent MP Abdul Manan Ismail died following a heart attack last week. By-elections are not required if vacancies occur within two years of an election.
See you next week - here’s hoping Najib will drop the tease act!