KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak has rapped the opposition for claiming that cheating will occur during the coming 14th general election (GE14).
Referring to the 2013 general election, the Communications and Multimedia minister said the opposition knew they would not win the general election, “so before the election they predicted they would lose due to fraud and after the election they raised all sorts of allegations of fraud to explain why they lost”.
“Now they are doing it again,” he said, alluding to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who made the claims in his blog yesterday.
Salleh, in his latest blog entry, said if the opposition coalition lost GE14, they could “save face” by blaming it on fraud like they did in 2013.
He noted that just before the 2013 general election, Pakatan Rakyat leaders went all over the country saying that Barisan Nasional was going to cheat to win the election.
“After the election, they said that the lights went out due to a power failure in certain places while the votes were being counted, extra ballot boxes were brought in to certain places, tens of thousands of phantom voters were flown in from Bangladesh and so on,” he said.
Salleh said the move was merely a pre-emptive strike on the part of the opposition, and all claims were later proven false.
“Even the Bangladesh Embassy denied that tens of thousands of its nationals were flown in to vote in Malaysia, which would require more than 100 chartered planes.
“And the places where they said the lights went out confirmed that they never experienced any power failure, plus the opposition workers in the places where they said extra ballot boxes were brought in denied that incident,” Salleh added. – Bernama