A few months ago I posted an article ” what goes round comes around”. That was about an African AMerican being wrongfully detained by our police , probabbly as a result of racial profiling.
This time there is another case of ‘what goes round comes around’. According to Malaysiakini today:
Election Commission chairperson Rashid Abdul Rahman said the cabinet did not approve the use of indelible ink during the March 8 general election.
“I was told that I was to take the responsibility for agreeing to it. It’s not easy being EC chairperson. I took the whole rap over the year,” Rashid told reporters after a function today.
Rashid’s comments further fueled speculations that the decision to scrap the use of indelible ink was a executive decision in light of whimsy excuses for the last minute U-turn in using the ink.
Last year, the EC had agreed to use the ink in the 12th General Election to put to rest claims of multiple voting. The plan was cancelled five days before the March 8 polling day.
A princely sum of RM2.4 million for about 48,000 bottles of the ink was bought from India, but Rashid had to call off the move on claims, that were never substantiated, that elements of sabotage had been detected by the police.
Why was the move to use indelible ink was called off last minute? It was said to be one of the causes making the middle ground voters vote opposition.
In the East, we called this Karma, in the west they use a longer phrase: what goes round comes around.
Since 2.4 million was used , which is a princely sum, why is it not used? ANd why the Election Commission chairman had to become the fall guy… another case of what goes round comes around.. since he was extended for a year even when there were so much opposition against his extension.
Perhaps the government has learned the lesson of “what goes round comes around” and would care to be more transparent and tell us the actual reason why the ink was not used? After all we deserve to know since the rakyat foot the bill.