PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said it is now the Election Commission's turn to demonstrate integrity by coming clean on its indelible ink contract.

NONERafizi (left) said the EC should reciprocate his demonstration of integrity after he accepted the commission's challenge to repeat his allegations about the contract outside of the Dewan Rakyat without the benefit of parliamentary immunity.

"I think integrity is extremely important and I took the risk and repeated my claim outside the house so many times.

"If the EC put a similar premium on integrity and credibility, they should attend to the crux of the matter," said the Pandan MP.

Rafizi had claimed that the contracts for the defective indelible ink used by the EC in the general election were given to companies whose owner had close links to the commission's leadership.

He had fingered Integrated Challenger (M) Sdn Bhd and its owner Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Alli but Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim declined to confirm this.

EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar have denied having any such links, but did not elaborate on the contract.
Wan Ahmad had also said the EC is mulling a lawsuit against Rafizi.

Malaysiakini has made repeated attempts to contact Mohamed Salleh including visiting his company’s office, but has yet to obtain a response.

‘Not backing down’

Rafizi was steadfast about his claim about the identity of the indelible ink supplier and its link to the EC.

“I raised the matter in Parliament and this was never denied by the government or BN backbenchers.

“I was not referred to the committee of rights and privileges for misleading Parliament so I take it that Integrated Challenger (M) Sdn Bhd is the supplier,” he said.

Rafizi, who was speaking during a press conference at PKR headquarters today, also revealed three more contracts involving caps also linking to the same individual, and said the EC must explain itself.

“If the EC can’t even procure caps or indelible ink in a honest and transparent manner, how is the EC leadership going to be responsible for free and fair elections?

“I take credibility and integrity issues very seriously and I would like to see the EC seriously reciprocate that,” he said.

~ Malaysiakini