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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Morning scenes on polling day

Orang Asli villages 'barricaded', police report lodged

Live – Hulu Selangor polling day and results - By Anil Netto

Who’s it going to be – Zaid or Kamalanatha, PKR or BN? All the action from polling day at Hulu Selangor and live coverage and discussion of the results.

Orang Asli Mykads snatched, fuels fear of phantom voters

By Muda Mohd Noor - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA KUBU BARU: A PKR official has lodged a police report alleging that a group had intimidated the Orang Asli from the Peretak village and snatched the identity card.
Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong who lodged the report at 12.30am last night said she had received a report from the frightened community.
Elizabet, who was accompanied to the Kuala Kubu Baru police station by by PKR information chief Latheffa Koya and supporters, said a group, believed to be Barisan Nasional supporters, had blocked the Orang Asli settlement with cars, motorbikes and a human barricade.
“I received a report last night from the Orang Asli who said the entrance of their village was blocked by cars, motorbikes and people.
“They said they were stopped from leaving the village and had their identity cards taken away from them, “ said the Selangro state executive councillor.
Elizabeth said an Orang Asli representative had asked her to lodge a police report.
“I believe phantom voters will use the identity cards of the Orang Aslis to cast their votes tomorrow, “ said the Selangor state councillor.
Elizabeth also said that she had been informed that a bus had arrived at the Peretak national service training camp.
She urged the police to investigate the matter.
There are 3,000 Orang Aslis spread over 16 villagers in the Hulu Selangor. One thousand of them are registered voters and kept under the watchful eye of the Orang Asli Affairs Department.
Pakatan Rakyat supporters have been barred from entering the villages to campaign.
Police outposts have also sprung up, overnight, in these settlements causing opposition to allege intimidation by BN.

PKR Youth catches 'phantom voters'

By FMT Staff

KUALA KUBU BARU: Several buses allegedly ferrying “phantom voters” were seen leaving the Institute Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) building here at 3am this morning.
The buses, which were partially full, were believed to have been ferrying the “phantom voters” to several districts in time for polling which began at 8am.

However, PKR Youth deputy chief Fariz Musa said they managed to stop the buses before they left the parking bay just outside the camp.

‘When we got there, there were also 15 cars waiting outside. Each car had between five and six people.

“We don’t know what time they began their operation to ferry the 'phantom voters' but we believe many have already been shuttled by the time we arrived,” he claimed.

Fariz said when they tried to stop the cars, a scuffle broke-out which almost ended in a fist fight when the Umno-BN supporters arrived followed by the police.

At 6am, the busses left the area escorted by the police to an unknown destination.   

Polling for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat began this morning.

The battle to wrest the seat, which fell vacant following PKR MP Zainal Abidin Ahmad’s death in March, is between BN’s P Kamalanathan and PKR’s Zaid Ibrahim.

Police keep watch over taunting supporters

By Stephanie Sta Maria and FMT Staff

KUALA KUBU BARU: Pockets of reports of skirmishes among supporters of both Barisan Nasional and PKR have been popping up throughout the day.

In Pekan Rasa earlier this morning a fist fight almost broke out but police quickly controlled situation.
Police says things have cooled down a little but supporters on both sides are “now getting hungry.”
In the Pekan Rasa incident BN supporters were seen dangling a beer bottle in front of Pakatan supporters across the road while shouting 'kaki botol' , in reference to allegations that PKR candidate Zaid Ibrahim was an ‘alcoholic.’
Over in the Sekolah Menengah Ampang Pecah polling centre, two Election Commissioners were allegedly seen campaigning for BN.
Supporters who caught the duo in the act, incurred their wrath which was further compounded by the fact that a car bearing BN sticker was allowed into the neutral polling zone.
Here in Kuala Kubu Baru bikers bearing BN flags are zipping around town taunting supporters and passers-by.
Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar meanwhile has said the situation in the constituency is under control with policemen stationed at all polling stations to maintain order and ensure a smooth election process.
"There is no complaints or report of any disturbance since the polling centres were opened two hours ago," he told Bernama here.
Hulu Selangor 63,701 voters are polling today to decide on theirelected parlaimentary representative.
In the run are BN’s P Kamalanathan, from MIC and PKR’s Zaid Ibrahim.
Polling began at 8am in 48 stations throughout the constituency