KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Umno Root Movement (GAUM) today lodged a police report against the United Kingdom (UK) magazine `The Economist`, accusing it of intervention in Malaysia electoral system and defamation of the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
Speaking to reporters in front of Sri Petaling Police Station, GAUM chairman Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar Zulkarnain claimed that the article titled ‘How Malaysia’s Next Election Will Be Rigged’ that The Economist published On March 10, had malicious intent and did not have any solid evidence on the charges.
“The electoral system in the country is very systematic, for example, the use of indelible ink at the voting finger in the 13th General Election (GE-13) to ensure there is no room for fraud.
“The same system will also be used in the GE-14, aimed at avoiding the possibility of an attempt by any voters not to be held accountable for more than one vote at different voting stations.
“There we have seen allegations that the government’s manipulation of the electoral system is actually a party’s dirty tactics.
“We also sent a letter to the author of the magazine based in the United Kingdom on March 11, to urge clarification on the article,” Datuk Zulkarnain was quoted as saying by Berita Harian (BH) Online.
Zulkarnain said his party (GAUM) has also lodged a police report against the opposition party, alleging that this latter is collaborating with foreign media to defame the Prime Minister Najib and tarnish BN government credibility.
“The defamation report/article has no evidence so we want to know who the mastermind behind this is.
“It is a dirty tactic to bring down Malaysian government,” he said.
The article published on March 10 on The Economist magazine claims that there is an element of injustice in the electoral system in Malaysia.