KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The Election Commission today rejected a Selangor lawmaker’s claim that artificial fingers will be imported from China to bypass the indelible ink that safeguards against repeat voters.
Describing the allegation as false and baseless, it said its investigations into the claim revealed that the purported evidence cited by the lawmaker was lifted from a blog post on prosthetic digits for former Japanese mobsters.
The article titled “Prosthetic Fingers Help Reform Former Yakuza Members” was published in 2013 on the blog of multimedia news correspondent Akiko Fujita, and contained a photograph of lifelike fingers.
According to the EC, the photograph was also used by some parties in Indonesia to claim that they would be similarly used for voting fraud in elections there.
“Despite this, it has also been cited and used by irresponsible parties here and spread through social media to arouse concern and negative perceptions, to the point of claiming [the fingers] would be brought here for the general election to ensure the victory of a certain party,” it said in a statement. Read more