VOTERS should not be afraid to vote Pakatan Harapan (PH) as the ruling government cannot do anything to them, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“The vote is secret. The Barisan Nasional (BN) government will not know who you are voting for. So don’t be afraid. Government employees, in particular, should not be afraid.  

“Don’t vote for BN. Whether they win or lose they cannot do anything to you,” Dr Mahathir wrote in his blog today.

He said that voters should not be scared of the rumours that BN would know who is voting for whom.

The PH chairman said votes are secret according to the law.

“If you give your vote to PH, when PH wins we will compensate those people who had been victimised by the BN government, both those in the government and in the private sector.

“So vote PH to restore the rule of law and democracy,” said Dr Mahathir.

He noted that the rule of law had failed in Malaysia as laws were being abused to protect the government of the day.

“Laws are meant to protect the citizens. What we see in Malaysia is laws being abused so that instead of protecting people laws are used to suppress and oppress people.”  

Using the Official Secrets Act as an example, Dr Mahathir said that legislation was meant for the government to protect documents pertaining to national policies but is now being used to cover up criminal acts.

“We have seen how reports regarding 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank account are declared to be government secrets. These are about criminal acts. The law is used wrongly to hide possible crimes, crimes which need to be investigated,” said the 92-year-old.

He said the laws were also being abused to harass Malaysians.

“There is no law that empowers government agencies to demand for extra payment of taxes when all due payments have already been paid. But the tax authorities threaten to carry out raids on the premises, seize account books and take away passports if the extra tax are not paid. The people are being held to ransom.

“The extra tax demanded run into tens of millions or even hundreds. Should the taxpayers refuse to pay and decide to go to court, until the court decides the taxpayer must pay. The legal process will take years. In the meantime companies cannot do business.

“This is the situation faced by the peoples of Malaysia today. The laws do not protect them anymore. The laws are not upheld. In fact the laws are abused and are used to threaten people and to hold them to ransom.

“Our only hope lies in overthrowing the BN government in the next election,” said the former prime minister.