Apart from Joseph Mauh who claimed that he has prove that all candidates in 10th Sarawak state elections have paid-off voters (which he denied was the same as `vote buying’) there is another web site which claimed that James Masing’s party did pay off his voters in Pelagus here (in Chinese)! Reportedly he stationed RELA members at each long house to stop other candidates in Pelagus to pay the voters in the long houses-but his party alone can pay RM50.00 to each voter. Was it effective? Reportedly it was: in 2008 general election their supporters managed to nab their opponent, when he tried to drive in the long houses with a car load of cash! The vote buyer then was taken to the police and the case stopped there! So that were the records-which can be strengthened if more people in the know can forward some corroboration!
But despite that PRS lost to independent George Lagong in the Pelagus seat.
The contradiction is not lost on many commentators when PRS filed election petition to nullify election result in Pelagus on account of `money politics’ ! May be after PRS presented their evidence in court they may be answered by the accused in the same way: the payment were just for transports and consolation. We await Masing’s answer to this one.