Thursday, March 6, 2008


A dark car carrying three men was seen making a U-turn and stopping at the house of Election Commision Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman in Lorong Bukit Pantai at about 12.30am Thursday and threw red paint at the house, ruining his front gate and one of his vehicles.

It is believed that the main cause is due to the last-minute move by the Election Commission to scrap the use of indelible ink that was announced on Tuesday.

Legally, Election Commission had to scrap the indelible ink unless the Election Regulations 1981 are amended, as the right to vote cannot be made conditional on the marking of voters' fingers.

By canceling plans to use indelible ink to mark voters' fingers in Saturday's general elections, Abdul Rashid was accused triggered an uproar and caused vandals to target him. The attack should be classified as a simple piece of political vandalism" as political motives were the most common cause of violence.

A lot of criticisms have been thrown to EC for the decision, and some political party supporters even have taken this aversely. No doubt this is tough and difficult work, but something needs to be done.

Isn't the idea that this is such a just cause, while painful, is worth the price? Others might be disagreeing, but that is the nature.

To be honest, I don't get it. After all, we are praising Democracy. Even if you are a vehement opponent of those who disagree with the action, legally, what problem would you have with scraping the use of indelible ink?

How are you going to paint your picture after knowing the reality of the issue? What is the point of display the vandals?

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