Umno: It’s an out­dated tac­tic

Re­im­burse­ment an ex­cuse for money pol­i­tics, says Dr Asyraf

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PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Hand­ing out po­lit­i­cal bribery dis­guised as al­lowances for party ma­chin­ery is an out­dated po­lit­i­cal tac­tic, says Umno Youth.

Its chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki said claims by Pakatan Hara­pan that pho­to­graphs show­ing a woman clad in a Pakatan T-shirt giv­ing petrol re­im­burse­ments to its vol­un­teers could not be ac­cepted at any cost.

“Enough with the ly­ing to the peo­ple. Would it be that after this, Pakatan will make ev­ery voter among the orang asli com­mu­nity their ‘party ma­chin­ery’ to en­able them to give po­lit­i­cal bribery to get their votes?” asked Dr Asyraf in a state­ment.

He also ques­tioned what the dif­fer­ence be­tween Pakatan can­di­date M. Manog­a­ran and in­cum­bent MP Datuk C. Si­var­raajh, who won the par­lia­men­tary seat for Barisan Na­sional dur­ing the May 9 polls, was.

The Barisan win was nul­li­fied when the Elec­tion Court found el­e­ments of cor­rup­tion dur­ing cam­paign­ing.

Dr Asyraf said the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) and the Malaysian Anti- Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) should con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion im­me­di­ately.

He said brib­ing vot­ers un­der any ex­cuse was against Sec­tion 10(a) of the Elec­tion Of­fences Act 1954.

In Cameron High­lands, MIC called upon its mem­bers to lodge po­lice re­ports na­tion­wide on the al­leged money pol­i­tics in­ci­dent.

Its Youth chief Thi­nalan Ra­jagopalu said mem­bers from all its di­vi­sions would lodge re­ports with the EC, MACC and the po­lice un­til ac­tion was taken against the wrong­do­ers.

“The gov­ern­ment needs to be stern on this is­sue and re­voke the can­di­dacy of Manog­a­ran.

“They keep harp­ing on Malaysia Baru. If they don’t act, it’s not New Malaysia any­more,” he said after ac­com­pa­ny­ing a party mem­ber to lodge a re­port at the Tanah Rata po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

Pho­to­graphs of a woman, wear­ing a red Pakatan T-shirt, hand­ing out money to sup­port­ers have been cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

Mean­while, Je­lai Pakatan op­er­a­tions cen­tre as­sis­tant chief Arvind Bharet claimed the money was a re­im­burse­ment for petrol, paid out to vol­un­teers, who went to sup­port Manog­a­ran dur­ing nom­i­na­tion on Satur­day.

“They rode on their mo­tor­cy­cles to Tanah Rata from their homes, some from the in­te­ri­ors.

“The re­im­burse­ment will be de­clared as part of the by-elec­tion’s ex­penses,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing was done ac­cord­ing to the law. We are all for a clean and fair elec­tion and will con­tinue to up­hold this prin­ci­ple,” he added.

Ear­lier at a press con­fer­ence, Manog­a­ran said he had no knowl­edge of the in­ci­dent.

“I was not there and just came to know about it. We will in­ves­ti­gate and find out what ac­tu­ally hap­pened,” he said.

Sus­pect pay­ments: One of the pic­tures show­ing the woman in a Pakatan T-shirt hand­ing money out to sup­port­ers.

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