Jun 27, 2013

    'No chemicals' in ink for Malaysian polls

    THE indelible ink used for Malaysia's 13th general election contained "no chemicals", The Star reported, quoting Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

    "There are no chemicals used in the ink as we replaced them with permitted food colouring," he said.

    He said the permanency of the indelible ink depended on the individual and attempts by the person to wash it off.

    But he added that a test conducted by Election Commission (EC) officials for the media last month "proved" that the ink worked the way it was supposed to, Malaysiakini reported.

    Mr Shahidan revealed this in his written replies to opposition MPs Lim Lip Eng and Anthony Loke in Parliament yesterday.

    He said the EC did not plan to reveal the supplier of the indelible ink for "safety reasons".