Indelible ink used in GE13 was actually edible ink!
26 Jun 2013 05:03pm
KUALA LUMPUR: The indelible ink that was used to mark the forefingers of voters during GE13 was actually edible ink!
In a Parliamentary written answer to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) today, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim said all the chemicals in the ink were replaced by food colouring.
“No chemicals were used in the ink, they were instead replaced with food colouring ingredients which were approved.
“The durability of the ink is subject to the efforts taken to wipe off the ink by individuals,” the reply said.
Lim had asked why the ink did not last seven days as initially claimed.
Shahidan also said that a test conducted on Election Commission (EC) officials and media personnel on May 2 “proved” that the ink worked the way it was supposed to.
The EC had previously said that silver nitrate was used in the ink and was supposed to last seven days.
Many people had complained on the day of the General Elections that the indelible ink could be washed off easily.
Lim later tweeted that the indelible ink was now “edible” based on the reply, Malaysiakini reported.