Monday, May 26, 2014

Call on the Election Commission to investigate BN’s violations of Election Offences Act



Press Statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 26th May 2014
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Call on the Election Commission to investigate BN’s violations of Election Offences Act 

The Teluk Intan parliamentary seat now sees the 3rd by election since Merdeka. No other constituency has seen three by elections. The first was in 1962 when former Deputy Education Minister, Too Joon Hing won on an Independent ticket. In the 1997by election, I was chosen by DAP to contest and had won with a majority of 2961 votes.  
In the present by election where polling has been fixed for May 31, DAP has fielded Dyana Sofya, a young and talented Malaysian Malay against Gerakan‘s Mah Siew Keong.
As campaigning enters the second week, Dyana’s winning chances have been increasing from the 40 % on nomination day.  However, it remains an uphill battle for her and the DAP.
The way BN is fighting the campaign is making the by election look like Dyana is fighting against Umno.BN and Umno are going all out to ensure Dyana is defeated and will definitely rely on the politics of money, machinery and media against the Opposition.
Last Thursday on 22nd May 2014,  while I and DAP campaigners  were doing a house to house campaign in Novia Scotia Estate,  we met residents who were given hampers estimated to worth at least RM150 a packet. We were told the hampers were given only to locals and voters, but not to foreign workers who are residing there too.

We interviewed some of the recipients and we were told that the event was sponsored by political parties friendly to the BN. We took photos of the event.  
This is clearly a form of corruptive act which violates the Election Offences Act.
Further, the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahamd Zahid Hamidi  has also committed an offence when he openly said that he would sponsor new uniforms for the 8,639 Rela members eligible to vote in Teluk Intan should Barisan Nasional candidate Mah Siew Keong win the May 31 by-election.
As Zahid has promised benefits if the voters vote in the BN, this is a serious breach of the Elections Offences Act.

The Act of giving monies or its equivalent is an offence under the Election Offences Act 1954, in particular Section 10 which talks about bribery.
The above acts of giving out hampers to voters as Zahid’s promise to RELA members definitely constitute an offence.

I have therefore met the Perak Election Commission today and urge them to take immediate action.
It has to be noted the above are corruptive acts that have come to our knowledge. It will not be surprising if many other corruptive acts have been occurring.
The Election Commission must therefore act fast and effectively to ensure a fair and clean election.



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