PETALING JAYA, May 28 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) received numerous complaints against the Election Commission (EC) in the manner the commission had conducted the 14th general elections.
The Prime Minister alleged that his party received a number of complaints, which suggested that the EC had attempted to reduce Pakatan Harapan’s chances of winning a greater majority in some seats.
“There are 700 to 800 spoilt votes don’t tell me we Malaysians are that stupid?” he told a news conference.
Dr Mahathir said action will be taken against the EC and its chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah if there is evidence of wrongdoings.
When asked if changes is expected in the EC or if Mohd Hashim will be investigated, Dr Mahathir said : “I understand he (Mohd Hashim) wants to resign, but if there is anything against him, action will be according to the laws of this country,”.
Dr Mahathir, however, could not state exactly the number of seats where cheatings had purportedly taken place.
Separately, he claimed that many BN members were now interested to join PPBM after the coalition’s surprise victory in the May 9 polls.
Dr Mahathir, however, said his party and Pakatan Harapan would only consider such candidates after they have publically announced their departure from BN.
“They must also pledge support for PH and only then we will consider,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also said that PPBM will be realigning its cause, goals and objective soon.
He said previously one of the main reasons for the establishment of PPBM was to overthrow former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.