I just picked this up from Malaysiakini. Malaysiakini seems to be suffering from lagging and returning a lot of error requests. You may or may not get the page but keep trying.

EC decides against indelible ink
Mar 4, 08 4:55pm

The Election Commission has cancelled the use of indelible ink for this general election, citing public order and security issues.

The stunning announcement was made at a press conference in Putrajaya this afternoon – four days before polling.

The announcement was made by EC chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman. Also present at the press conference were Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail dan Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan.

BTW, we can access Malaysiakini free of charge from today until 10th March, 2008. So do read the news and compare it with our mainstream media.

Anyway, here’s the news from Bernama.

March 04, 2008 17:10 PM

EC Scraps Indelible Ink Plan

PUTRAJAYA, March 4 (Bernama) — The Election Commission Tuesday cancelled plan to use indelible ink in the upcoming general election.

— BERNAMA
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=318292

Further reading : Fatwa Council gives thumbs up to indelible ink dd August 8, 2007. There is a related post that says even PAS laffs at the EC claims that it is Un-Islamic back then. So, what’s their excuse this time?

The latest from The Star makes me pissed.

He said provisions to the law needed if the ink was to be used still could not affect the constitutional right of a voter to cast his vote, even a person whose fingernail had been marked with indelible ink or one who refuses to have his or her fingernail marked this way.

“From a practical point of view, the issuance of a ballot paper to such a voter would render the EC’s proposal meaningless and will not bring about a positive result, whilst having the potential to create misunderstanding as well as altercations and arguments at polling stations,” he said.

The Federal Constitution gives you the right to vote, and a black mark on your fingernail should not bar you from exercising this right, he said.

I seriously do not get WTH he is crapping about. Do you? And if you read this : How Secure is the daftarj.spr.gov.my Website?, then, all the more you lost confidence.

But one thing is for sure – the privacy of registered voters are at risk. This particular website doesn’t require authentication to check voting status. You can check your status as many times as you want, consecutively. This means that an attacker can write a script that generate random IC numbers. This is extremely trivial since the format of our IC number is birthdate-statecode-fourdigitcode. A five-line Ruby, Perl or Python script will achieve this – and an attacker can let his script run for days, if not months. And if he’s lucky, he’ll get you full name, your permanent address, your polling center, and so on. What he’s gonna with the data is up to imagination.