Saturday, January 26, 2008

Skandal �Beras Untuk Undi� / EC must probe �rice for votes� scandal

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Skandal �Beras Untuk Undi� di Pulau Pinang: SPR Perlu Siasat

Kenyataan Media
24 Januari 2008
Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil (BERSIH) mendesak supaya Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya menyiasat pertuduhan berkaitan dengan kes rasuah pra-pilihanraya yang sedang berlaku di Pulau Pinang.

Terdapat laporan melalui akhbar-akhbar harian berbahasa Cina yang menyatakan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kebun Bunga, Pulau Pinang, Quah Kooi Heong yang terlibat secara langsung mengedar paket-paket beras di daerahnya dengan terselit mesej pilihanraya bersama paket-paket �hadiah� tersebut. Tindakan ini termaktub dalam kesalahan rasuah pilihanraya.


Paket beras seberat 5 kg setiap satu mempunyai label yang bertulis slogan Barisan Nasional (BN) bagi kerusi parlimen Bukit Bendera dan empat kerusi DUN semasa pilihanraya yang lalu. Slogannya tertulis �Gimme 5� merupakan mesej BN kepada pengundi-pengundiny a, merayu kepada kemenangan kesemua lima kerusi (empat DUN dan satu parlimen) di kawasan berkenaan.

Sumber juga berkata petugas-petugas BN merayu penduduk-penduduk di kawasan tersebut supaya mengundi calon BN pada masa pilihanraya akan datang.

Berdasarkan kepada akhbar Kwong Wah Yit Poh (halaman A4, 23 Januari 2008), Quah mengaku mengedarkan paket-paket beras bersama Timbalan Menteri Penerangan dan Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera, Dato� Seri Chia Kwang Chye, di sekitar Rifle Range tetapi menyatakan ia sebahagian daripada kempen BN untuk mematuhi Rukunegara.

BERSIH berpandangan perkara ini serius dan mendesak supaya SPR menyiasat kes memandangkan ianya satu kesalahan pilihanraya untuk memberi hadiah kepada para pengundi sebelum, semasa dan selepas pilihanraya.

Seksyen 10 ( c ) Akta kesalahan Pilihanraya 1954 menyatakan:
setiap orang sebelum, semasa dan selepas pilihanraya, secara langusng mahupun tidak langusng, oleh dirinya atau pihak yang lain yang bertindak bagi dirinya, memberi hadiah, pinjaman, tawaran, janji, memperolehi sesuatu atau perjanjian dengan mana-mana pihak bagi meraih undi semasa mana-mana pilihanraya� akan didapati bersalah atas pertuduhan rasuah.

BERSIH juga mendesak supaya ahli ADUN Quah Kooi Heng dan Dato� Seri Chia Kwang Chye menjawab pertuduhan-pertuduh an yang dinyatakan ini serta-merta.


Bersih: EC must probe �rice for votes� scandal

Malaysiakini
Khairil Zhafri | Jan 24, 08
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has urged the Election Commission to investigate an alleged case of pre-election bribery in Penang during the 2004 general election as reported in national Chinese dailies yesterday.


The dailies reported that the State Assemblyman for Kebun Bunga, Quah Kooi Heong, was personally involved in distributing rice packets to his constituents then.

In a statement, Bersih claimed that the rice packets weighing 5kg each, had labels bearing the Barisan Nasional election slogan for Bukit Bendera parliamentary seat and its four state constituencies in the area.

The explicit election message attached to the rice packets constitutes an offence of election bribery, Bersih said.

The �Gimme 5� slogan was BN�s message to the voters, denoting a clean sweep of all five seats (four state and one parliamentary seat) in the area.

Bersih quoted sources as saying that BN workers had told constituents receiving the rice packets to vote for BN candidates.

Election offfence
Yesterday, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that Quah had admitted to distributing the rice packets with Deputy Information Minister and Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, Chia Kwang Chye, in and around the Rifle Range. He also claimed that it was part of BN�s campaign to promote the Rukunegara.

Under the Election Act 1954 Section 10 �), it is an election offence to provide gifts to voters before, during and after an election.

The Election Offences Act 1954 Section 10 (c) stipulates that �every person who, before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, makes any such gift, loan, offer, promise, procurement, or agreement as aforesaid to or for any person in order to induce such person to procure or endeavour to procure the election of any person, or the vote of any elector or voter at any election� shall be deemed guilty of the offence of bribery.�

Last year, former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed that there was bribery and vote-buying during the Ijok and Machap by-election.

A public rally calling for free and clean election organised by Bersih in Kuala Lumpur last November attracted 40,000 people.


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