Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sack Wan Ahmad, PAS tell EC chief

By FMT Staff

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS wants the deputy Election Commission (EC) Wan Ahmad Wan Omar sacked for being in cohorts with Umno in attempting to stir racial unrest with the annoucement of the controversial 1:40 new voter ratio in favour of non-Malays.

PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof's statement on Friday denying the ratio was a slap to Wan Ahmad and clearly showed that the latter was in conspiracy with Umno Youth.

“The EC chairman has denied Wan Ahmad’s statement and derailed Umno’s attempt at stoking racial riots in the country.

“It is obvious that Wan Ahmad supports Umno and his statement was used by certain Umno leaders to create chaos among Malaysians.

“Now that Wan Ahmad’s intentions are out in the open, he should be sacked,” Mahfuz said, adding that the EC cannot be seen as a “Public Racist Commission”.

He had also demanded that Umno Youth executive member Mohd Hishamuddin Yahaya, who had released the controversial ratio, admit that Umno and Wan Ahmad had a racial agenda in raising the issue.

He also demanded that Hishamuddin promise not to repeat the mischief again.

Controversial ratio untrue

In denying his subordinate’s claim, Abdul Aziz had reportedly said that for every two new Malay voters registered, there is only one new non-Malay voter.

He told Malaysiakini that the 1:2 ratio was based on the number of voters registered in the first quarter of 2008 until the first quarter of 2010.

While refusing to directly comment on Hishamuddin’s disclosure, Aziz did say that it could have been based on monthly statistics

Last week, Malay daily Berita Harian had quoted Hishamuddin as saying that the1:40 new voter ration in favour of non Malays showed that Malay political power was under threat.

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