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Ambassador to PPLN Denies Intelligence Involvement in Indonesian Elections in Malaysia

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Malaysia Hermono denied accusations of Indonesian election interference in Malaysia. This was conveyed in connection with a video circulating and accusing intelligence of involvement.

According to Hermono, it will be difficult for the Overseas Election Committee or PPLN to intervene.

“Even if there are outside parties who try to intervene, will PPLN still not want to intervene?” Hermono said.

He emphasized that the voter list was determined based on the results of the Kuala Lumpur PPLN Plenary meeting. According to him, the plenary meeting not only involved PPLN Kuala Lumpur, but also representatives of political parties, the General Election Commission (KPU), the Overseas Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu LN) Kuala Lumpur.

Furthermore, Hermono doubted how the election process could be intervened by outside parties.

“Then how do you want to intervene?” asked Hermono.

According to Hermono, any interested party can of course intervene, but it is up to PPLN whether they want to intervene or not. However, according to the Indonesian Ambassador, elections are still difficult to intervene in.

“There is an Integrity Pact,” he said.

Moreover, since the beginning of inaugurating PPLN Kuala Lumpur, continued Hermono, his party has warned that it will definitely face a lot of pressure because of those who have an interest in the large number of votes in Malaysia.

Not only that, Hermono said that the task of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) Kuala Lumpur was to facilitate PPLN and Panwaslu Kuala Lumpur’s duties without experiencing obstacles.

The Indonesian Embassy, ​​he added, had provided a location and the necessary supporting data, coordinated with local authorities, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the police.

In addition, the Indonesian Embassy routinely invites political parties and community organizations to gather and ask about the obstacles and problems they face, and asks that all problems be resolved at Wisma Duta.

Separately, the Chairman of PPLN Kuala Lumpur, Umar Faruk, firmly denied the involvement of intelligence in the elections. According to him, these accusations were deliberately carried out by certain elements to discredit intelligence as a government institution.

He conveyed that the videos circulating and going viral on social media related to the issue of ballot theft, bribery by Pos Malaysia to obtain ballot papers and the involvement of government officials in manipulating the election were baseless accusations made by certain individuals who had an interest in the election. 2024.

“Until now, PPLN is also intensively communicating with the Indonesian KPU and has clarified hoax issues circulating on social media.” said Umar.

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