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The National Registration Department (NRD) filed a police report on false allegations being shared on social media and WhatsApp.
The allegation was that many Bangladeshis were issued MyKad ahead of the 15th General Election (GE15) to be held on November 19.
The JPN said a photograph of a MyKad bearing the picture of a man, purported to be a Bangladeshi, with a Chinese name, was the basis of the claim.
The truth, however, is that the man on the MyKad is a legitimate Malaysian citizen who was legally adopted by a Chinese family at birth.
JPN said the lies are damaging its image and credibility, while causing public suspicion.
The public is reminded to always check the information they receive, as legal action may be taken against those found to be spreading false information.
The JPN also stressed that MyKad is only issued to eligible Malaysian citizens based on the provisions of the law.
Same old trick
The accusation is not new, as it became a hot topic in previous elections.
It was rumored that 40,000 Bangladeshi workers were brought in to vote for Barisan Nasional.
Pakatun’s latest scam -> attempt to cheat voters. Anwar failed to prove the claim of 40 thousand Bangla voters and had to deny it pic.twitter.com/QvtVzgONR6
— Tun Faisal (@tunfaisal) February 28, 2017
alarm #TsunamiPHitnah at the last moment before the voting day. 2008 Defamation of permanent ink, 2013 defamation of 40 thousand Bangla voters. 2018 SPR Defamation and more. People need to be wise in filtering the news they receive. pic.twitter.com/GcvruatIKn
— Muhammad Azri 🇲🇾🇵🇸 (@Sir_Azri) May 7, 2018
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was criticized as having initiated the allegations.
In his defence, Anwar said he had no data that said there were 40,000 Bangladeshi citizens registered as voters.
He meant that there were dubious voters who boarded specially booked flights from Sabah and Sarawak.
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