KUALA LUMPUR: An attempt by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to get the Australian government to interfere in the country's electoral process has drawn the ire of a former prominent figure in his Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
When asked about the issue, Ng Lum Yong, who was a founding member of PKR but left the party a few years ago, sarcastically remarked that many were left to wonder why Anwar did not invite the Australian prime minister to monitor PKR's party election in 2010.
He said that the party election was "full of lies and political bribery" where many PKR members were victimised.
"I myself wonder, why Anwar did not call the Australian PM then? I would like to ask the Australian PM and Australia's High Commissioner to come and reopen the party election results and investigate it.
"Many of us will give our full cooperation to them on the lies, political bribery and extortion in PKR," he added.
Ng also questioned whether Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Miles Kupa, were aware that Anwar's position in PKR was actually due to Anwar being appointed by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
"Anwar is where he is in the party without going through any democratic process."
Ng was commenting on a Bernama report that Anwar had written to Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr asking for Australia to help ensure that the next general election, most probably to be held early next year, was free of fraud and corruption.
Anwar had reportedly told Carr he had uncovered evidence of fraudulent voter registration and other anomalies in the run-up to the polls.
He had also questioned the independence of the electoral commission and claimed that the opposition was being excluded from the media.
But, Carr had responded that Australia could not and would not influence how Malaysia's elections were run despite a personal plea for help from Anwar.
He had added that the Malaysian elections were a matter to be decided by the Malaysian people.
Anwar's action had also irked Election Commission vice-chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar who has described Anwar's actions as "disgusting and an embarrassment to the people".
He said it was disgraceful for the opposition leader to seek foreign interference to ensure Malaysia's election process was clean.