Pakatan’s stance on money pol­i­tics a dou­ble stan­dard, says Wee

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - Re­ports by IVAN LOH, JOSEPH KAOS Jr and FA­TIMAH ZAINAL

CAMERON HIGH­LANDS: Pakatan Hara­pan’s han­dling of the cash hand­out is­sue in the Cameron High­lands by-elec­tion reeks of dou­ble stan­dards, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The MCA pres­i­dent said in the past, Pakatan would com­plain about cash dis­tri­bu­tion by op­po­nent par­ties, and yet it chooses to brush this aside when it is com­mit­ted by its own mem­bers.

“Where is Pakatan’s con­science? Their stance be­fore and now is dif­fer­ent.

“The in­cum­bent MP (Datuk C. Si­var­raajh) was dis­qual­i­fied be­cause Pakatan com­plained about money pol­i­tics.

“Now, its own mem­bers wear­ing Pakatan T-shirts have been seen hand­ing out money.

“But their ex­cuse is that they are pay­ing vol­un­teers.

When their op­po­nents do it, they cry money pol­i­tics,” Dr Wee told a press con­fer­ence in Kam­pung Raja here.

Pho­to­graphs of a woman wear­ing a Pakatan T-shirt hand­ing out cash to party sup­port­ers have been mak­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia.

Pakatan clar­i­fied that the hand­outs were to re­im­burse “petrol costs” in­curred by vol­un­teers, who trav­elled to Tanah Rata dur­ing nom­i­na­tion day on Satur­day.

It also in­sisted that the hand­outs were done “in ac­cor­dance to the law”.

Dr Wee also re­buked Deputy Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Ed­din Sya­zlee Shith for say­ing the min­istry would find out who made the pho­to­graphs vi­ral.

“What is im­por­tant is to in­ves­ti­gate if money was given to vot­ers.

“The per­son who up­loaded the pho­tos on­line only mat­ters if the news is fake.

“So are we not al­lowed to crit­i­cise the gov­ern­ment now? Where is the me­dia free­dom you used to cham­pion?” said Dr Wee.

He also urged the au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and call up those in­volved for ques­tion­ing.

On the state­ment by Pakatan Se­na­tor Bob Manolan Mo­hamad that orang asli vil­lage chiefs must sup­port the gov­ern­ment, Dr Wee said the mat­ter should be left to the vot­ers to judge.

“Pakatan’s moral stan­dards are to­tally dif­fer­ent from what they used to cham­pion in the past. Leave it to the peo­ple to gauge how they have changed.

“Last time, they were crit­i­cal of the term ‘You help me, I help you’.

“Now, Pakatan is say­ing ‘If you don’t help me, I won’t help you.

“I will even sack you and take your salary away. Is this ac­cept­able?” Dr Wee ques­tioned.

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