I’m willing to stay on with EC, says Rashid

The Star: Sunday December 9, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman is willing to continue serving in the post if asked to by the Government.
He, however, said he had not received any offer letter.

Abdul Rashid will retire on Dec 31 when he turns 65. However, a Bill was tabled in Parliament recently to extend the retirement age of the chairman of the commission to 66.
Asked whether he might be called to head the commission if a general election is called soon, Abdul Rashid said he was willing to take on such a task.
He said he had an experienced team who could manage the elections well.
“Handling the elections is a serious matter. It’s important that a general election is managed effectively to avoid problems and chaos during polling.
“If any newcomer comes into the battleground so early in his career, it will be unfair to him. Handling the elections effectively comes with experience,” he told newsmen after opening an exhibition on Fifty Years of Democracy and the Elections in Malaysia at Muzium Negara yesterday.
Abdul Rashid gave the assurance that the problems which cropped up during the last elections in 2004 would not recur.
He said the commission had asked the Australian Government to help provide voter education programmes for Malaysians, especially schoolchildren.
He also said the commission would have its own heritage museum soon.