A suggestion from the prime minister often becomes a direction, stupid. This is what people call “undue influence”.
So how can the prime minister say that the government’s “decision” to scrap the use of indelible ink during the 12 General Elections was delivered in the form of an “opinion and not instruction” ? (Malaysian Insider).
I suppose if the Election Commission were really independent, it’s chairperson will shoot back “Thank you very much. We’ll have the indelible ink anyway”.
But that depends on whether the EC chief had any balls or not.
It happened that he didn’t. Because here the EC chief Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman caved in “after being informed about the cabinet’s decision to cancel the use of the ink”.
“And I was called and told about it and I was told to take the whole responsibility for agreeing to the ink. I took the whole responsibility.”
I thought ‘take responsibility’ means going ahead with an unpopular decision when one believes it is the right decision and face the consequences.
But no, Abdul Rashid conveniently pushed the blame back to the government ! He/ his balls was/were swayed by what the PM said. He dumped his conscience and the EC’s decision to use the ink, which was meant to prevent cheating in the elections.
So, he, too had no balls or rather his balls were swayed. But he passed on the blame again to the police, PAS and UMNO for his cowardice:
“I was told that PAS in the east coast bought ink from Thailand. Then Umno came to know (about this) and Umno also bought the ink. This was given to me in black and white by the police and the same report went to the cabinet and they believed that this was happening,” he said.
Abdul Rashid could have retired peacefully in December had he only followed his conscience. His extended service was itself controversial when the prime minister went to parliament to extend the retirement age of the EC chairperson just to accommodate Abdul Rashid.
Do you see why I call it ‘undue influence’ ? Do you see why I called this person an ‘Umno guy‘ ?What do we do with this UMNO guy, pretending to be an independent EC chief?What happened to the RM2mil ++ expenditure on the ink and where are the bottles of ink? Will we have this inky business back during the coming 13the GE or not? Or would we have to remain forever inkless in our entire voting lives?
* Photo malaysiakini, modified.