Home M'sian politics The scene at the Tapah tallying centre (Video)

The scene at the Tapah tallying centre (Video)


A Vasantha Kumar uploaded the following on Youtube. The polls in Tapah were crucial especially in deciding who would hold power in the state of Perak.

Have a look also at this Facebook video, which I presume is also from Tapah? The hall looks the same.

The Tapah parliamentary constituency has two state seats Chenderiang and Ayer Kuning.

In the end, it was announced that the BN won all three seats.

The BN captured the Perak state assembly with a 31-28-seat majority, despite trailing the Pakatan by some distance in terms of the popular votes cast.

This was the Malaysiakini report:

Tapah aspirant: Cops pushed me out of counting hall

Exercising his constitutional right to justice at the Tapah vote counting centre proved to be disastrous for PKR parliamentary candidate K Vasantha Kumar.

NONEHe was pushed out of the Tapah constituency counting centre, the Dewan Merdeka in the town, by members of the police Light Strike Force at 11pm on Sunday.

Vasantha Kumar said eight policemen pushed him out after he queried Election Commission (EC) officers on what he calimed were irregularities as there were mixed votes in ballot boxes and missing ballot boxes. The missing boxes had not arrived at the counting centre as at 11pm.

The postal votes had allegedly been combined with the parliamentary and state constituency ballot papers in the mixed ballot boxes.

NONE“I requested a recount because the parliamentary and state ballot papers were mixed up in one parliament ballot box. Further, there were ballot papers placed outside the box.

“I made the request also because four boxes from Chenderiang and five boxes from Ayer Kuning were not in the counting hall at the Dewan Merdaka. Following the request, EC officers brought in two boxes from Ayer Kuning. The other seven boxes had still not arrived.

“At the same time, I requested the 91 Form 14s from the 91 polling centres and an EC officer refused, Vasantha Kumar told Malaysiakini.

NONE“Some of the Form 14s were not properly signed and endorsed by the EC officers.

“It was at this point that BN’s candidate, M Saravanan, came into the centre and raised his voice and ‘threatened’ me.

“I told him to not interfere as this was a dispute between me and the EC. The dispute was over the ballot papers from the state seats of Chenderiang and Ayer Kuning.

“At that point the results for the Perak state seats were 29 for BN and 28 for Pakatan. I insisted on the recount because the results from these two seats would be the deciding factor in the formation of the next Perak government.

“When I insisted that these documents be produced before the announcement of the results, the returning officer instructed the police to push my polling agents and me out of the hall.”

NONEAt this juncture, Vasantha Kumar said, “Saravanan threw a chair at me while I was being pushed out.”

“I was shocked when the police manhandled me, pushing me 50m out of the centre, while Saravanan and his assistant tried to attack me. However, the police stopped them.”

Vasantha Kumar claimed that he and his counting agents were pushed out by the police all the way to the main road outside the hall. 

‘No representative to monitor ballot boxes’

“The policemen then barricaded the counting hall and did not allow me to go in. At that time I had no representative inside in the hall to ensure that the ballot boxes were not tampered with.”

He alleged that during this time, Saravanan and the two BN candidates for the two state seats (Chenderiang and Ayer Kuning) were allowed to be inside the hall as the results were being finalised.

NONEVasantha Kumar said the EC officers directed the policemen to keep him outside the hall for about an hour. 

“After an hour I demanded that as the official candidate for Tapah, I should be allowed into the hall.”

Upon his re-entry into the hall, Vasantha Kumar walked straight to the returning officer and requested the verification of the 91 Form 14s from all the 91 polling centres and a recount of the ballot papers.

“The returning officer declined my request. He told me to take any dispute on the matter to the courts.

“I disagreed with the results they were about to announce as the Form 14s were not furnished and there was no proper recount of the postal votes and ballot papers. Shortly afterward, about 1am, the results were announced – that BN’s Saravanan and its two state assembly candidates had won.”

NONEThese two state assembly results clinched BN’s victory in the Perak state assembly, with 31 seats over Pakatan’s 28.

Vasantha Kumar lodged a report at the Tapah police station at 1.30am yesterday.

He said that he was willing to appear before any tribunal and provide his evidence, with video recordings and pictures of the high-handed actions on the part of the authorities.

When contacted and asked about the presence of police in the counting hall, returning officer Razali Bakar said he could not make any statement without referring to the higher authorities.


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16 May 2013 6.28pm

The SPR + police + BN (allegedly) cheated the whole country. But the whole country just wont fight back…
Dream on. There will be no change in Malaysia.

15 May 2013 11.10pm

!malaysia truly.
gerakan k, cheats will eventually lose.

15 May 2013 5.32pm

Please lah, Michael, read properly who create trouble lah! I re-produced here for you to read again ah! ——————————————————————————————————————————- “At the same time, I requested the 91 Form 14s from the 91 polling centres and an EC officer refused, Vasantha Kumar told Malaysiakini. “Some of the Form 14s were not properly signed and endorsed by the EC officers. “It was at this point that BN’s candidate, M Saravanan, came into the centre and ‘threatened’ me. …………“When I insisted that these documents be produced before the announcement of the results, the returning officer instructed the police to push my polling agents… Read more »

Michael Low
15 May 2013 6.56am

Who is making trouble? Who create the trouble. ? You kena tendang keluar lah!!!! Then nak marah-marah…. Please lah brother, this is peaceful country. Don’t make trouble lahah,,,,,,,,

victor liew
victor liew
14 May 2013 10.44pm

Gerakan K, it should be….’learn how to cheat’!!!

Kalaivananan K.
Kalaivananan K.
14 May 2013 9.47pm

Once I have the whole scene recorded CD, I will upload in parts the public to know the truth. We need to study the stories both sides, not only to one side.

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
14 May 2013 9.28pm

Still persist with cerita dongeng. Learn how to lose.

siew eng
15 May 2013 8.07am
Reply to  Gerakan K

wow, you’re still alive although your namesake’s wiped out? who’s feeding you?

14 May 2013 7.26pm

A Blatant way to disrespect the wishes of the Rakyat!
Disgusting,Deceirful and Disgraceful way to win an election
Hope Pakatan will seek a Court redress to see that Truth & Justice and the will of the Rakyat of Tapah be respected.

Loh Tse Lee
Loh Tse Lee
14 May 2013 6.55pm


mathew jacob
mathew jacob
14 May 2013 5.31pm

Just look at the scar on Saravanan’s face. … Just ask him to speak in english and you will know the rest.
Anyway for a town like Tapah how long does it take to count the ballots?? till midnight??
And police what about Tapah PKR’s aide who was murdered?? any clue? …

victor liew
victor liew
14 May 2013 4.26pm

In all democratic countries (which practices real democracy that is), a single fraud proven will automatically nullify the whole election. Let us wait and see what evidences PR will provide to the election courts and lets see what the election courts decide. My guess is only a few petition will bring +ve results which I think wont change the overall results.

Genius at Work
Genius at Work
14 May 2013 4.01pm

The sorry state of our civil service who conveniently adheres to the same theme…”referring to higher authorities”… Don’t they have any conscience on their own when they are entrusted with so much of responsibility in such situations as GE.

14 May 2013 3.57pm

Isn’t it the right of the candidate to demand for the Form 14 in order that he can verify the results accordingly? What right has the police to interfere in this instance when there are no security issues except for the candidate demands to EC?

Penang Ah Pek
Penang Ah Pek
14 May 2013 3.42pm

Openly hijacked in front of the eyes of the world. What the fact !!

all you can
all you can
14 May 2013 3.26pm

which party election potrays the same scene as the above video not long ago?

14 May 2013 3.12pm

About saravanan (allegedly) throwing chairs, well i believe it.
Why ?
Ask any of his school mates, anyone from the HKL employees quarters, the coffee shops just in front of HKL, and just about anyone in sentul,batu caves (den of mic …) about and who is saravanan. He moved up the chain in mic (allegedly) not because of his ablities but for services rendered to samy velu. Got the drift….
Yes ! thats mic for malaysians.

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