Today I learned…
… That the indelible ink was in fact really delible, because it was a 100% food colouring!
So the thing about having ‘silver nitrate’ in the ‘indelible ink’ as claimed by the Election Commission (EC) earlier before the election is a myth busted.
According to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim in the press,
“There are no chemicals used in the ink as we replaced them with permitted food colouring,”
My question is, why the hoo haa of having special chemical in the ink for semi-permanent marking, if they are going to use permitted food coloring instead? Dang, I feel cheated.
To top it all of, the cost of making, special packaging and transporting this so called ‘indelible ink’ is worth RM7.1 Million! Shahidan said this in his written replies to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) and Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) in Parliament Wednesday.
He also mentioned that the EC did not plan to reveal the supplier of the indelible ink for “safety reasons.” Whatever that is…
RM7.1 Million for a permitted food colouring.