Malaysia’s election campaign kicks off amid claims of sabotage along with bias

Mahathir told reporters on Friday he suspected sabotage of a private plane of which was to fly him through Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi after the pilot discovered some damage just before take-off.

“I have warned before of which there will be attempts to stop candidates through generating the item to the nomination center, although I didn’t think the item could happen to me,” he told reporters at a news conference in Langkawi.

The government ordered an immediate investigation into the claim. Mahathir did not make a police complaint.

The opposition along with critics say they are also faced with an electoral system of which favors the BN coalition, compounded by a redrawing of electoral boundaries of which was fast-tracked in parliament in March.

Najib’s government along with the Election Commission have denied the accusations.

The nomination of at least two opposition candidates were rejected by the commission on Saturday. Senior People’s Justice Party leader Tian Chua was rejected due to a previous conviction, while another candidate’s documents were incomplete, Malaysian media reported.

additional claims, such as discrepancies inside the electoral roll, have also been reported.

The Election Commission rejected a request This particular week by Malaysia’s national human rights body to monitor the election, claiming they had already appointed foreign observers along with independent groups.

International observers through Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, East Timor, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan along with Azerbaijan will monitor the elections.

A Wednesday polling day set by the commission was also seen as discouraging millions of Malaysians living abroad through voting. However, outraged Malaysians took to social media to offer funding along with additional services to help people return home to vote.

A low voter turnout was supposed to allow Najib’s coalition to retain power.

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