After several images of a Pakatan Harapan election worker handing out cash went viral, DAP’s stalwart Lim Kit Siang has openly challenged Barisan Nasional (BN) today to openly declare their daily campaign expenditure in the Cameron Highlands race.
The Election Commission and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) could be invited to monitor both campaigns every day from both BN and PH operations centres according to the veteran DAP leader.
“With such an arrangement, and the daily report of the election expenditure of the candidates, I have no doubt that we will be introducing an innovation which will ensure free, clean and fair election practices in Malaysia, but the whole world as well!” Lim said in a statement.
Ramli Mohd Noor and M. Manogaran the two BN and PH candidates respectively should sumit dialy reports on campaign expenses for each of the 30 polling districts for the Pahang parliamentary seat.
Lim had defended PH’s “reimbursement” of petrol cost of RM 20 to some 60 Orang Asli volunteers whom travelled daily on motorbikes from remote villages of Jelai to Tanah Rata during nomination day last Saturday (12th January 2019).
Bersih 2.0 Chairman Thomas Fann had also declared that PH did not commit any election offence in the Cameron Highlands by-election with the “petrol money” if its accounted in for in their election budget.
“If that was the case, it was not an election offence if these are recorded as part of the candidate’s expenses, and within the RM200,000 limit,” he said.
However, he stated that if anyone has proof that PH was indeed bribing voters, they should come forward and make a report.
“If any party thinks otherwise and they have evidence to prove it, they should report it and the relevant agencies should investigate the matter,” Fann was reported to have told The Star.