Bangladeshis to vote in Malaysia?


Bangladeshis to vote in Malaysia?

Bangladeshis to vote in Malaysia?

Monday, September 19, 2011
  • Bangladesh Website
Screen shot of the hacker's message

KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer and Malaysian Civil Liberty Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim insisted he has a reliable source following his claims that foreign workers in Malaysia had been given MyKad and registered as voters, to vote in Penang.


Contacted by The Mole Haris said, “We are investigating this matter and trying to get the verification from certain quarters about this.”


“Of course once it is done, we would give the listed details of the people involved, and do a press conference.”


When asked about Umno involvement as alleged in his posting, Haris replied, “Do you know of any non-Umno Home Minister?”


“Who furnishes phantom voters with MyKad? NRD (National Registration Department). Who is in charge of NRD? Ultimately, Umno.”


Haris also said even though the matter was not verified yet, it was vital for the people to be on the lookout for the issue to avoid it from happening.


His posting came as a response to news published in The Malaysian Insider regarding the issue of Bangladeshis being granted citizenship to vote in Malaysia.


The news portal also reported yesterday that Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had met during the 66th World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur where the discussion of the Bangladeshi issue had taken place, citing the official website as its source.


However, today a blog post revealed that the Bangladesh PM Office website had allegedly been hacked by a Malaysian hacker, known as M33H00N.


The blogger, Dr Novandri, published a screen-shot of the message left by the hacker, who wrote: “I’m sorry for hacking into your website because of this post. This is an example of what going to be happened if you don’t care about the security level of your website (sic).”


In his latest posting, Dr. Novandri also furnished the original article following the Bangladeshi issue and stated that the statement had never been made by Sheikh Hasina herself.


The statement reads: “Today, prime minister’s office has allegedly received a confirmation from some of our citizens those working in several sectors in Malaysia since last year that they were given more than citizenships from Malaysian Government. In fact they now have been given a right to be a voter in upcoming Malaysian’s general election.


“Another highly placed source from prime minister’s office has confirmed that Bangladeshi workers may easily conferred Malaysian citizenship with the condition to vote for party that represents the government in power.”


The highlighted statement at MiloSuam postingThe highlighted statement at MiloSuam postingThe statement was earlier published on the blog MiloSuam on Sept 16.


Checks by The Mole for the statement’s original posting yesterday proved to be fruitless as there was no item shown at the specific web links.


It is believed that the page has been taken down from the site.


Dr Novandri questioned now whether the pro-opposition blog would publish the website-hacking issue, if not issue an apology over the matter.


The Bangladeshi Prime Minister's office has yet to respond to queries from The Mole on the issue.


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