Umno: It’s an outdated tactic
Reimbursement an excuse for money politics, says Dr Asyraf
PETALING JAYA: Handing out political bribery disguised as allowances for party machinery is an outdated political tactic, says Umno Youth.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.