PETALING JAYA— Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 today claimed Pakatan Harapan (PH) has committed many offences during the Tanjung Piai by-election includes abuse of government resources for campaigning.
A total of 21 offences and 10 cases of misconduct by PH Ministers and Johor Mentri Besar were observed, said Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann.
“Of the 21 cases, three were recorded as treating and gifting during the campaigning period, and the remaining 18 as breaching the limitation of campaigning on polling day.
“All cases involved Pakatan Harapan federal ministers and the Johor mentri besar announcing new development projects and allocations that targeted Tanjung Piai’s constituents, amounting to RM23.93 million.
“In addition, we note the restriction imposed by police on the requirement for a permit to conduct door-to-door campaigning during the by-election,” he said.
“The Pakatan government should adhere to the principles of free and fair elections by withholding announcement of any new project or allocation during the by-election period, making a clear separation between what constitutes government function and party activities.
“As the Electoral Offences Act 1954 does not have any provisions regulating the use of government resources for campaigning at present, we urge lawmakers to support electoral reforms and amendments to the Act to ensure a level playing field among candidates,” Thomas Fann said during a press conference today.