Foreigners Attending A Conference In Penang Were Accused Of Being GE14 Phantom Voters
Two videos showing foreigners entering the Penang International Airport were uploaded onto Facebook on 23 April
"Bangalas (sic) are coming into Malaysia to vote for Barisan Nasional," the Facebook post wrote.
The videos featured dozens of foreigners, allegedly Bangladeshis, arriving at the Penang International Airport and gathering in groups.
The videos have been shared over 16,000 times within two days.
Some netizens began assuming that the foreigners are phantom voters for the 14th general election (GE14) after the Facebook post went viral
It is understood that 'phantom voters' refer to those who are ineligible to vote, but their names, including those who had passed away, underaged, or using fake identity cards, are included in the electoral roll.
One netizen warned Penangites of the arrival of "Banglas".
Another netizen expressed frustration at the alleged phenomenon of phantom voters for every general election.
One netizen also accused the government of using foreigners, and warned that corruption will happen if the government isn't changed.
However, Sin Chew reported that the foreigners were actually attendees of an annual convention organised by multi-level marketing company QNet in Penang
The allegations came just a day after Malaysiakini reported Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as saying that phantom voters from Bangladesh could be present on polling day, 9 May
"If Pakatan Harapan wins with just a few hundred votes, Najib will cheat and stuff with illegal votes," Mahathir was quoted as saying in a Malaysiakini report.
"Maybe Bangladeshis will vote too," he added, before urging Pakatan Harapan supporters to show up at polling stations in big groups on 9 May to prevent electoral fraud if the Opposition wins.
Nonetheless, Borneo Post reported on 21 April that the Election Commission brushed off rumours of phantom voters ahead of GE14.
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