Cameron Highlands by-election: Former MP Sivarraajh lodged report to MACC on alleged vote buying

PUTRAJAYA: Former Member of Parliament for Cameron Highlands, Datuk C. Sivarraajh lodged a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on alleged vote buying in the Cameron Highlands by-election on Tuesday (Jan.15).

Sivarraajh said he lodged the report to MACC not because of revenge but for justice.

“I am confident that MACC is a transparent agency with high integrity and professionalism.

“I am sure this case will be investigated and the offender will be brought to justice,” he said to the media at MACC office here on Tuesday.

The Cameron Highlands by-election was called following the Special Election Court had nullified the victory of MIC Vice President Sivarraajh and also as a Barisan Nasional candidate due to bribery in the 14th General Election in May 2018.

In the General Election Sivarraajh had obtained 10,307 votes defeating DAP candidate M.Manogran with 9,710 votes, Wan Mahadir Wan Mahmud (Pas-3,587 votes); Mohd, Tahir Kassim (Berjasa-81votes) and B. Suresh Kumar (PSM-680 votes). 

However, Manogran, 59 had filed an election petition on June 4, applying for the results in the GE14 for the seat to be nullified due to a breach of the Election Offences Act 1954.

Earlier Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi in her verdict said that corrupt practices had been proved to have been committed with the knowledge and consent of the respondent (Sivarrajh) in the GE namely giving money to voters to induce them to vote Barisan Nasional.

Meanwhile, Election Commission (EC) Chairman, Azhar Azizan Harun recently announced that Sivarraajh cannot be a candidate or a voter in any election for five years beginning Dec.13.

Azhar in a statement said that the decision was made after studying the Election Court’s verdict on Nov.30.

The alleged party had denied committing “vote buying” offences and instead said that money were given to volunteers as petrol reimbursement and  it was done according to the procedures and allocation of expenses in the  by-election purpose. – Malaysia World News

 

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