From left: Izwan, Nitesh and Chris demanding Nurul Izzah to reveal the full list of alleged phantom in Lembah Pantai (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Gempur, a movement aimed to track phantom voters in Lembah Pantai, demanded the incumbent MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to reveal all 4,637 names of phantom voters she alleged existed in the constituency.
This, Gempur said, will enable voters in Lembah Pantai to check their status to ensure that they are not in the list of the alleged phantom voters.
Speaking to The Mole on Thursday, Gempur representative Izwan Megat said: “We have only managed to get 1,700 names. We demand her to reveal who are the remaining phantom voters as claimed in her list.”
Izwan said they have managed to get the list of alleged phantom voters from a source from Parti Keadilan Rakyat member itself who are sympathetic to their voting predicament.
“Previously Gempur is only focusing at former squatter areas in Kg Kerinchi and Abdullah Hukum but now after checking the list, we realise there are residents in Bangsar Baru who are listed as phantom voters too.”
For the past two weeks, Gempur claimed it has managed to find 500 legitimate voters which have been listed as phantom voters in Lembah Pantai.
In Bangsar Baru alone Izwan said they have found more than 25 legitimate voters out of 52 names in Nurul Izzah's list of alleged phantom voters.
"We have conducted our checking and verifying process with the residents and it took us two days to do so," he added.
Izwan said even Prem Kumar, a secretary for Bangsar Baru Resident’s Association who have lived in the area for 37 years had been wrongly accused as a phantom voter.
“Nurul Izzah has been the MP for Lembah Pantai for five years but she doesn’t even know a well-known and active member of the resident’s association. So it’s no wonder that she does not know about the squatter residents.”
Another representative for Gempur, Nitesh Malani said it is very immature for an elected MP to generalise everybody as phantom voters.
“She said that the addresses are incomplete hence it is hard to trace where voters live. Well, we are residents in the area for many years, it is not impossible for us to know each other. Besides, we can always trace them by geting help from the resident associations,” he said.
"She should know this if she is always around in Lembah Pantai."
For Chris Daniel, he urged every registered voter to come forward and check their status at a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Are-Lembah-Pantai /440736192683569.
“This is what you can do to ensure your rights are not being manipulated by others,” he added.
Prior to this a group of registered voters gathered at Jalan Gasing protested against the PKR vice president who had alleged they are phantom voters in the area.
Yahya Sulong, 61, described Nurul Izzah’s action to seek judicial review to strike out dubious voters’ names as an attempt to deny their voting rights.
On March 22 this year, Nurul Izzah through her lawyer Edmund Bon has filed a judicial review, demanding the Election Commission to nullify the registration of 4,637 or seven per cent out of 72,533 voters in Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat.
Judge Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam reportedly dismissed the leave application for a judicial review filed by Nurul Izzah for a declaration that the refusal by the chief registrar of election to strike out the voters' names in the principal electoral roll of Lembah Pantai in 2011 and the supplementary electoral roll for the second quarter of 2012 was illegal and invalid.
However it is reported that Nurul Izzah will be filing on an appeal on the decision.
Izwan explained the reason why they are actively pursuing legitimate voters in Bangsar Baru is to defend the voters’ rights.
“We fear that if the voting results are not in favour to her (Nurul Izzah), she will use this issue to declare the result as invalid.”
He explained it is not something unexpected as Nurul Izzah had recently sought for an appeal following the High Court's dismissal of her application to compel the Election Commission (EC) to strike out "dubious" voters in the Lembah Pantai electoral roll.
Denying that Gempur is linked to Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN), Izwan said: “We are non-partisan movement which is concerned about our rights as Malaysian."
"Furthermore some of the “phantom voters” in this list are not only BN supporters. There are people who voted for Nurul in the past.”
Nurul Izzah will be involved in a three-cornered fight to defend her seat. She is being challenged by Barisan Nasional's Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and independent Rusli Baba.
In the 2008 general election Nurul Izzah won the seat defeating BN's Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil with a majority of 2,895 votes.