PRS rep claim Taib Mahmud and James Masing are also paying voters in last elections!
After evidence and evidence has been produced to complete the jig-saw puzzle of vote buying in Tamin involving a BN long term rep, the accused rep finally was `smoked out’! His testimony offered more than what we can ever expect: he reportedly claim that he knows that all candidates and parties are doing that-implying that even his party president James Masing and BN Sarawak’s chief Taib Mahmud, are also involved. (see report by Malaysiakini below). Since he has admitted to paying voters to come to vote he should be prosecuted for `bribery’ which is one of the 4 forms of corruption identified by the Election Offenses Act 1954, Act 5, part 3. The other 3 are: impersonating another voter, treating and undue influence. Then he should also be charged for withholding information about corruption committed by all other candidates in the Sarawak elections. Withholding knowledge about corruption without reporting is also a criminal offense against the Anti-Corruption Act! Since all candidates violated the Election Offenses Act it can only means that the election was null and void and another elections without the current list of candidates (if they are guilty) !
Before the last video showing a long house residents distributing stash of bank notes to the voters among them there was an admission on video by another long house where the Tuai Rumah Kuching admitted to have received 3 checks amounting to RM10 000.00 before the polling day on Apr 16th.
Well done Joseph Mauh Ikeh, multi-term MP and State Assemblyman from PRS. There is a strong case to ask the rep to exchange his evidences against all other candidates, with immunity for him. He would be hailed as the honest one and redeem all his sins before this! If there is no action in a day or 2 more damning evidences will be produced and uploaded by MEO-Net to the net for public reference!
BN rep: We don’t pay, they won’t vote
By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
Tamin BN assemblyperson Joseph Mauh Ikeh has vehemently shot down any allegation of vote-buying during the Sarawak state polls.
He clarified that the payments to voters was ‘transport allowance’ otherwise they would not come out to vote.
Besides the transport allowance, some of the voters were paid for campaign work like putting up posters, according to the Parti Rakyat Sarawak vice-president.
“This is normal. It is not vote-buying. We paid the voters for them to buy petrol because they came to vote at their own expense, or else they would not have come out to vote,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted today.
“If no money was paid, nobody would come to vote, then who is going to be elected as YB (assemblyperson)?” he asked.
His statement was in response to the polls watchdog Malaysian Election Observation Network’s (MEO-Net) allegation yesterday that some Tamin voters were paid RM50 on April 14, two days before the polling day.
Everybody is doing it argument
MEO-Net had released a short video recording showing stacks of cash purportedly being distributed to voters at the Rumah Unban Anak Endu longhouse located at Tenting Terentang in Nanga Selangau.
The three-term MP and two-term state assemblyperson claimed that the opposition was doing the same to get the electorate to vote.
“Eveybody did that, the opposition also did that. We also have proof of the other side (opposition). They gave RM10, RM20 and even RM100 to the voters.
“Both opposition and BN paid the voters throughout Sarawak in all 71 constituencies, he added.
Joseph Mauh also stressed that the law allows each candidate to spend up to RM100,000 in an election.
“We paid them but they still had the freedom to vote. That’s why over 3,000 had voted for the opposition.
“This is not vote-buying, please, this is just something like saguhati (consolation),” he said.
Joseph Mauh retained the Iban-majority seat with 4,998 votes, a 1,292-majority over PKR’s Mengga Mikui who bagged 3,706 votes.
MEO-Net has been furnishing evidence of alleged vote-buying, intimidation and abuses of government resources during the 10-day Sarawak election campaign period.
The watchdog claimed money politics was so rampant that were all allegations investigated extensively, they are likely to nullify the state election results. – Mkini