JPN Denies Rumours Bangladeshis Given MyKad Ahead Of GE
The same accusation had also surfaced in the previous general election.
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The National Registration Department (JPN) lodged a police report over false accusations being shared on social media and WhatsApp.
The claim was that many Bangladeshis were given MyKad ahead of the 15th General Election (GE15) set to take place on 19 November.
JPN said a picture of a MyKad bearing the photo of a man, claimed to be a Bangladeshi, with a Chinese name had been the basis of the allegation.
The truth, however, is that the man in the MyKad is a legitimate Malaysian citizen who was legally adopted by a Chinese family since birth.
JPN said the lies are damaging its image and credibility while causing doubts among the public.
The public is reminded to always check the information they receive, as legal action may be taken against those found to be spreading false information.
JPN also emphasized that MyKad is only issued to eligible Malaysian citizens based on the provisions of the law.
Same Old Trick
The accusation is not new, as it became a hot topic in the previous election.
It was rumoured that 40,000 Bangladeshi workers were brought in to vote for Barisan Nasional.
Penipuan terkini pakatun -> cubaan mem'bangla'kan pengundi. Dakwaan 40k pengundi bangla dulu pun Anwar gagal buktikan dan terpaksa nafikan pic.twitter.com/QvtVzgONR6— Tun Faisal (@tunfaisal) February 28, 2017
Waspada #TsunamiPHitnah disaat akhir menjelang hari pembuangan undi. 2008 Fitnah dakwat tak kekal, 2013 fitnah 40 ribu pengundi Bangla. 2018 Fitnah SPR & macam-macam lagi. Rakyat harus bijak dalam menapis berita yang diterima. pic.twitter.com/GcvruatIKn— Muhammad Azri 🇲🇾🇵🇸 (@Sir_Azri) May 7, 2018
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was criticised as the one who started the allegations.
In his defence, Anwar said there is no record that states he claimed there were 40,000 Bangladeshi citizens registered as voters.
He meant that there were dubious voters being flown in on specially booked flights from Sabah and Sarawak.
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