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Two DAP lawmakers have hit out at Bukit Gelugor Umno division chief Datuk Omar Faudzar (pic) for claiming that the party was bringing in phantom voters from China. (NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH)

GEORGE TOWN: Two DAP lawmakers have hit out at Bukit Gelugor Umno division chief Datuk Omar Faudzar for claiming that the party was bringing in phantom voters from China.

One of them, Jelutong member of parliament R.S.N. Rayer, has lodged a police report against the Umno man, describing the allegation as reckless and irresponsible.

“Omar’s statement is very provocative and could incite hatred and anger against the leaders and the party. It could also lead to public unrest and threaten the country’s harmony.

“I am asking for the matter to be investigated under Section 505(b) and 505(c) of the Penal Code and under any other appropriate act,” he said, in his police report.

Rayer pointed out that stern action must be taken against Omar so that he would not spread the false statement.

“I am also challenging Omar to lodge a police report about his allegation, with proof,” he said.

During the Umno General Assembly yesterday, Omar had claimed that DAP was bringing in Chinese nationals and giving them Malaysian identification cards.

Omar also noted that there was a high number of people from India and China, which did not have exit records.

He alluded this was a purported strategy to turn the foreign nationals as phantom voters to ensure Umno’s defeat in elections.

In September, police busted a racket run by National Registration Department (RTD) officers in Penang who sold fake birth certificates and MyKad to Chinese nationals for RM100,000 to RM600,000 per document.

The 2018 Auditor-General’s Report Series 2 earlier this week reported to have found that 95 per cent of Chinese and Indian tourists to Malaysia between 2016 and 2018 had no recorded exit dates.

However, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud reportedly said the report’s findings of no recorded exit dates for 76,258 of 79,799 Chinese tourists were inaccurate, saying that the actual figure of Chinese tourists who remained in the country was 18,341.

Meanwhile, Bukit Gelugor member of parliament Ramkarpal Singh Deo said that Omar has made a very serious accusation but failed to provide evidence to substantiate his claim.

“His statement is a clear provocation with intent to incite unrest which must be investigated and action taken.

“Omar claimed that he was informed that a Chinese national had obtained a MyKad and voted in Selangor, then he should lodge a police report if indeed he has such information because such a matter is no doubt, serious.

“The DAP has not been involved in any way in bringing in phantom voters or in the MyKad syndicate involving any foreign national as Omar seems to have insinuated,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He also urged authorities to investigate Omar for making the statement.

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