Election watchdogs claim 10 offences in Sarawak, urge EC to act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MMO file pic
MMO file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 filed a report with Election Commission (EC) today, accusing candidates from both sides of the political divide of breaching election laws in the run-up to to the May 7 vote.

Among the lengthy list of 10 alleged offences are: misappropriation of government funds and property for personal use in contesting the election, direct bribery of voters and affixing campaign materials within 50m of polling stations.

“We urge the EC to investigate these violations under the Election Offences Act and involve the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate any misuse of public funds and public property,” the Bersih 2.0 steering committee said in a joint statement with the Sarawak Monitoring team (PEMANTAU) committee, which it set up with other non-governmental organisations.

Bersih 2.0 also demanded that the EC enforcement team be present at all campaign events by all candidates throughout the campaign period as the Pemantau team had recorded its presence at a campaigning event only once.

The offences were claimed to have been committed by BN candidates Tan Sri Adenan Satem (Tanjong Datu), Wong Soon Koh (Bawang Assan), Janet Lau (Pelawan) and Tiong Thai King (Dudong) as well as DAP candidate Stanley Chiew (Bawang Assan).

Adenan, who is caretaker chief minister, was alleged to have made a donation, during campaigning period, of RM500,000 to SJK Thai Kwang during a dinner there, which was also attended by Wong, Lau and Tiong.

At the same event, campaign material was allegedly present, which would be an offence as the school is a polling station.

Wong was also alleged to have promised to give residents of Rumah Panjang Tutus RM500 each before the election and another RM200 after the election if he wins.

DAP’s Chiew was alleged to have been present with DAP MP Oscar Ling at an opening ceremony for a newly installed water pump system where Ling had urged residents of Rumah Panjang Tutus to vote for DAP.

Nominations for the 11th Sarawak state elections took place on April 25, while polling has been set to take place this Saturday.



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