PH DE­NIES PIX OF MONEY POL­I­TICS

Woman in pic­ture re­im­burs­ing PH vol­un­teers’ petrol ex­penses, says of­fi­cial

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PAKATAN Hara­pan (PH) has de­nied re­ports and pho­tos that al­legedly show money pol­i­tics in the Cameron High­lands by-elec­tion.

Je­lai PH elec­tion op­er­a­tions deputy chief Arvind Bharet said the pic­tures, which had been go­ing vi­ral over so­cial me­dia, show­ing a PH sup­porter giv­ing money was noth­ing more than re­im­burse­ment for travel ex­penses in­curred by vol­un­teers.

“In re­gard to the pic­tures, I would like to stress that it is re­im­burse­ment of petrol costs to PH vol­un­teers from Tanah Rata who came on their mo­tor­cy­cles to lend sup­port on nom­i­na­tion day,” he said.

Arvind said the re­im­burse­ment would be de­clared as part of elec­tion ex­pen­di­ture.

“All of it was im­ple­mented based on laws.”

Cameron High­lands PH by-elec­tion can­di­date M. Manog­a­ran de­nied any knowl­edge of money be­ing given by PH to the Orang Asli.

“I was not there and I only had knowl­edge of the al­le­ga­tions (money be­ing given) this morn­ing.

“I can only re­spond after check­ing on the claim …give me some time,” he said after vis­it­ing the Sun­gai Re­long Orang Asli com­mu­nity at Pos Men­sun in Rin­glet here yes­ter­day.

Manog­a­ran was com­ment­ing on pic­tures show­ing a woman wear­ing a PH T-shirt dis­burs­ing money to peo­ple be­lieved to be Orang Asli in Cameron High­lands.

Asked whether the money came from his own pocket as he was the PH can­di­date, Manog­a­ran claimed he had no knowl­edge of the mat­ter.

“It was not I (who gave the money), give me a bit of time. It (money be­ing dis­bursed) is al­leged to have taken place after the nom­i­na­tion process and I can’t say any­thing at the mo­ment.”

Barisan Na­sional Youth lodged a re­port on the mat­ter with the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

Pa­hang Umno Youth chief Mohd Farid Mohd Noor said it lodged the re­port to al­low the au­thor­i­ties to get to the bot­tom of the mat­ter.

“We want MACC to in­ves­ti­gate and take ac­tion,” he said after lodg­ing the re­port at the MACC op­er­a­tions cen­tre at Mer­lin Ho­tel here.

MIC Youth also lodged a po­lice re­port at the Tanah Rata po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

Its chief, R. Thi­nalan, urged the po­lice and MACC to iden­tify the woman and where it took place.

“I am not sure whether the dis­burse­ment of money was to buy food or as a bribe to the peo­ple of Cameron High­lands.”

PIC BY AB­DUL­LAH YUSOF

MIC Youth chief R. Thi­nalan (left) show­ing a pic­ture of the al­leged of­fence in Tanah Rata, Cameron High­lands, yes­ter­day.

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