Police report lodged after farmer made shocking discovery
A bag of postal votes for the March 2008 general election was found in the Tebobon River in Menggatal recently. The shocking discovery was made by a farmer who has gone to the riverside to collect grass for his goats on July21, according to Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah Deputy Chief Daniel John Jambun. Daniel said: “The farmer had gone to the river at around 9am to cut grass when he suddenly spotted the brown bag. “He became curious and decided to check it, and was shocked to find the bag that bears the words, Undi Pos, Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya Malaysia (Postal Votes, Malaysia Election Commission), dumped at the area,” said Daniel, adding that the farmer quickly took the bag home. “Not knowing what to do with it, the farmer then consulted a friend who later notified him. “I quickly went to the village to check and was surprised myself to find that such bag could have either fallen or dumped at the area.” On Wednesday evening, Daniel who was accompanied by PKR Sabah Chief Ansari abdullah lodged a police report at the Menggatal Police Station and called for a thorough investigation into the case. According to the law, postal bags and postal votes are under the protection of the Election Commission. It is the EC'S responsibility to ensure I hat its goods ate well protected, especially those related to the elections and particularly votes,” Daniel said. “We believe the people have the right to know how the hag ended up in the river and who were responsible for it,”he said. “I low was it pssibIe that the bag was tossed in the river?” he asked during a press conference yesterday at PKR headquarters in Iramanis here. Daniel stressed that as.far as he is concerned, this is not the first time that a postal bag was found. “We also found election envelopes and unused voting sheets in the bag. We hope the EC will give a good explanation on the matter and the police will investigate the case thoroughly,” he said.