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KUCHING, June 30: Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Sarawak has today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), urging an investigation into alleged corruption and bribery in all eight parliamentary seats in Terengganu during the 15th General Election (GE15).
Dapsy Sarawak chief Peter Hee, accompanied by its Bandar Kuching chief George Lam filed the report at MACC Sarawak headquarters here today.
This action followed the Terengganu Election Court’s ruling on June 27 which invalidated the victory of Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat during the last GE15 due to evidence or element of bribery during the election campaign.
“We call upon the MACC to conduct a thoroughly investigation into the eight parliamentary seats in Terengganu from P033 to P040.
“We suspect that corruption occurred as financial aid were given out to the people in the entire Terengganu state and not just Kuala Terengganu,” Lam explained in a live streaming through DAP Sarawak social media in front of MACC headquarters today.
Meanwhile, the Terengganu Election Court decision was for the election petition that Datuk Mohd Zubir Embong, the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the seat, filed against the result.
Ahmad, from Pas, a former deputy science, technology and innovation minister, won the seat with a majority of 40,907 votes.
In delivering his decision, High Court judge Datuk Seri Mohd Firuz Jaffril said the petitioner, Mohd Zubir, successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt that there was an element of bribery during the election campaign, according to a news report by MalayMail.
Mohd Firuz said even though the petitioner was not called as a witness, other evidence was sufficient to declare the Kuala Terengganu result null and void in accordance with Section 36 of the Election Offences Act.
On Jan 3 this year, Terengganu Umno filed a petition to annul the results for the Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Kemaman parliamentary seats in GE15 in accordance with the Election Offences Act.
Terengganu Umno chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said among the points raised in the petition were allegations that Pas had bribed voters by distributing financial aid from the state government through the i-Pension, i-Belia and i-Student initiatives from Nov 15 to 17, 2022, just a few days before the GE15. — DayakDaily