Bersih monitors say two cases of indelible ink washing off

Yogeswara Barathi, 27, pictured outside the polling centre of SRB Garland, shows his inked finger indicating that he has cast his vote. ― Picture by Azdee Amir
Yogeswara Barathi, 27, pictured outside the polling centre of SRB Garland, shows his inked finger indicating that he has cast his vote. ― Picture by Azdee Amir

KUCHING, May 7 — Two incidents of indelible ink supposedly removed by washing were reported to Bersih 2.0’s Sarawak Monitoring team (PEMANTAU) during voting for the 11th Sarawak state election today.

PEMANTAU member Dominic Hii said both cases came from the same SJK(C) Thai Kwang in Sibu, and that no other cases were reported elsewhere.

“So far it seems isolated to SJK Thai Kwang,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“We are still trying to find more people who voted there, but so far, it seems unwashable in other places.”

He noted that the cases were strange, because while the ink may appear to be gone under the sunlight, it becomes visible when viewed under fluorescent light.

“They said the ink looked pale even when fresh out of the polling centre, and after washing it looks as though it has disappeared. But only under the sunlight. It reappears indoors,” he said.

Bersih 2.0 tweeted earlier pictures of a finger that purportedly had indelible ink washed off.

The use of indelible ink was first introduced by the Election Commission (EC) in the 2013 General Election to prevent electoral fraud, but it was heavily criticised when voters reported that this was easily removed.

The commission later admitted to flaws in the system.

SJK(C) Thai Kwang is a polling centre for the constituency of Dudong.

Polling for the 11th Sarawak state elections began at 8am and will end at 5pm.