PAHANG MB HAULED UP BY MACC OVER CAMERONS ELECTION CORRUPTION: ‘SO FAR WAN ROSDY & SIVARRAAJH SUMMONED, OTHERS WHO CAN ASSIST WILL BE CALLED SOON’ – REPORT

PAHANG Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail was investigated for corruption in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat during the 14th general election.

According to a source, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission recorded the Jelai assemblyman’s statement over allegations that he paid voters during the run-up to the May 9 elections.

“All those who can assist the investigation will be called,” said the source.

“So far, Wan Rosdy and C. Sivarraajh have had their statements taken and other individuals who can assist will be called soon.”

BN won the Cameron Highlands seat in GE14, with Sivarraajh garnering 10,307 votes against Pakatan Harapan’s M. Manogaran’s 9,710 in a five-cornered fight.

However, the election court on November 30 nullified the result of the seat after finding evidence of corruption to induce voters to vote for Sivarraajh.

The corrupt acts allegedly took place during meetings on April 28, May 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9, as alleged by the petitioner Manogaran.

In the petition filed on June 4, Manogaran named Sivarraajh, as the sole respondent.

Sivarraajh had campaigned with Wan Rosdy and handed out between RM30 and RM1,000 to the Orang Asli via their village headmen (batin) to ensure they voted for the BN candidate.

The court ruled the petitioner (Manogaran) had established beyond reasonable doubt that bribery was proven.

While the petitioner claimed that Wan Rosdy was involved in bribing voters to support BN, the court, however, did not name him in its judgment.

Following the decision by the election court, MACC stepped in and began its own investigation.

M. Manogaran from DAP is the Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election. He ran in the seat at GE14 but lost to C. Sivarraajh. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, January 8, 2019.
M. Manogaran from DAP is the Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election. He ran in the seat at GE14 but lost to C. Sivarraajh. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, January 8, 2019.

As a result of the court ruling, the Election Commission fixed nomination on January 12 and polling on January 26 for the Cameron Highlands by-election. The commission also confirmed that Sivarraajh is not qualified to contest in the by-election.

Sivarraajh filed a judicial review to challenge the decision of the Election Commission (EC) prohibiting him from contesting the Cameron Highlands by-election on January 26.

Sivarraajh, 43, filed the application on December 31 seeking a court order to quash the EC decision barring him from contesting or voting in any election for five years from December 13, 2018.

Yesterday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the MIC vice-president to challenge the EC’s decision to bar him from contesting the Cameron Highlands by-election.

The court fixed Thursday to hear merits of the application.

DAP’s Manogaran will be contesting again under the PH banner while MIC has yet to name its candidate.

MyPPP president M. Kayveas said on Sunday he would join the race, ensuring that the by-election becomes at least a three-cornered fight.

There were 32,048 voters in the seat at the last elections.

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