LAST_UPDATEMon, 25 Jun 2018 4pm

“The Grandfather Of Fake News Talking Again”

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"This could be the dirtiest elections in the history of Malaysia and even in the world," former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The Pakatan Harapan chairman was speaking to reporters in the Parliament's lobby after a meeting of Pakatan Harapan's Presidential Council.

Mahathir accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of using desperate tactics to ensure Barisan Nasional remained in power.

“Najib is trying to win… by changing the electoral roll. So many things have been done to it that it no longer resembles the original list.

“Second, Najib has redrawn the boundaries to ensure he wins. Certain candidates such as Rafizi will not be allowed to contest," he added.

TMI reports that Mahathir even said that his party's registration would not be approved to make it harder for them to contest in GE14.

“This shows that there is cheating. This could be the dirtiest elections in the history of Malaysia and even in the world," he remarked.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed promptly responded to Mahathir's baseless allegations in a series of tweets.

"The GRANDFATHER of FAKE NEWS talking again. Maria Chin and Ambiga offer themselves to contest GE14 bcoz they realize our GE is proper after leaving BERSIH," Nur Jazlan points out.

He went on to reveal how Mahathir went to great lengths to prevent PAS and Semangat 46 having an upper hand in the past.

"Fake news grandfather forgot to mention that in 1995 GE he realigned borders of malay majority constituencies to mixed based to prevent BN losing to PAS and Semangat 46.

"Now he says the current exercise is unfair?" Nur Jazlan questioned Mahathir's latest U-turn.

The former premier appears to have no shame whatsover in being caught out on past lies and actions which are directly contradictory to what he says today.

Earlier, the Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Hashim Abdullah had refuted allegations that the redelineation exercise was intended to ensure the victory of a particular party in the 14th general election, NST reports.

He was responding to a news report published in The Economist titled “How Malaysia’s Next Election Will Be Rigged”.

“The person who wrote the article only sees the impact of the redelineation exercise in the context of political interest.

“EC has never taken any party’s political interest into consideration.”

He further denied the article’s allegations of gerrymandering and malapportionment which the article alleged was redrawn to favour a particular party.

“This is not true. The court’s decision proves that EC has complied with all the basic principles of redelineation as outlined in the 13th schedule of the Federal Constitution.

“Parliamentary and state constituencies in urban and rural areas cannot be compared as they are different,” he added.

The final report on the redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week and is due to be tabled in the current Parliament sitting which is scheduled to be held for 20 days from March 5 to April 5 if no attempts are made to dissolve it earlier.

- mD