PKR mendakwa Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi membelanjakan lebih RM2 juta, sepuluh kali ganda perbelanjaan yang ditetapkan untuk kempen di peringkat Parlimen, iaitu RM200,000, dalam pilihan raya umum lalu.
Parti itu memfailkan dua petisyen pilihan raya, mendakwan Zahid terlibat dalam pembelian undi dan berbelanja lebih dalam kempennya sebelum ini.
Dua petisyen itu merujuk kepada video yang dimuat naik oleh Zahid sendiri dalam laman rasmi, yang menyebut beliau merekrut 24,000 penyokong BN yang juga pengundi tempatan di Badan Datoh, sebagai pekerja kempen ketika bertanding kerusi Parlimen itu.
Beliau juga dalam video itu mengakui memberikan mereka RM100 dan 5kg beras setiap seorang.
"...dia kantoi," kata Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli dalam sidang media di Petaling Jaya hari ini.- malaysiakini
Aku tak pandai matematik, tapi kalu 25,000 orang x RM100 = ? Sekampit beras 5kg - RM 12.00 x 25,000 = ?
PKR accuses Zahid of vote buying, huge overspending...
Opposition party PKR has accused Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of spending more than 10 times the mandated RM200,000 expense limit for a parliamentary seat campaign in GE13, to the tune of over RM2 million.
It has filed two election petitions against Zahid, accusing him of vote buying and overspending, in the May 5 general election.
Both petitions refer to videos posted by Zahid himself on his official website, stating that he had recruited 24,000 Bagan Datoh BN supporters, who are also local voters, as campaign workers in his run for the parliamentary seat.
He also admitted, on video, to giving them RM100 and 5kg of rice each.
"He thinks he is smart in recruiting them as campaign workers and paying them, but on both counts he kantoi (is caught)," PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli (right) told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
In the first petition, PKR is claiming that what Zahid did, despite the payments to voters camouflaged as benefits to campaign workers, was outright vote buying and therefore an offence under the Election Offences Act.
The second petition accuses Zahid of illegally recruiting too many workers and using more money than he is allowed to, under election regulations, in his campaign.
PKR is arguing that the amount of money needed to pay 24,000 'campaign workers' RM100 and 5kg of rice each, works out to more than RM2 million, which is over 10 times the mandated RM200,000 expense limit imposed for a parliamentary seat campaign.
It argued that no single candidate ever had that many volunteers directly under him or her, and that electoral regulations limit the number of workers based on the size of the constituency.
Zahid ‘defends’ his actions
The petitions were filed today by PKR candidate for Bagan Dato Madhi Hassan and local voter Azmi Sulaiman respectively at the Ipoh High Court in Perak.
Lawyers Edmund Bon and Chong Kok Yew acted for the two petitioners.
Ironically, in the same video used as evidence by PKR, Zahid (left) is shown defending his actions.
He was adamant that he had not violated any laws because the payments were made to 'campaign workers', and as such did not constitute a bribe.
He also argued that he was not buying votes because the campaign workers were BN supporters who would vote for the coalition’s candidate.
Malaysiakini had previously tried to obtain Zahid's comments, but to no avail.-malaysiakini
Anonymous_3f55 - So funny, Zahid pays RM100 to 24,000 BN workers but total number of votes he obtained was just over 17,000. What did the other 7,000 voters do?
harapanbaru - 24,000 X RM100 = 2.4 million plus 24,000 bags of rice @ RM8 = RM192,000. Total amount RM2,592,000, let's say RM2.6 million! Mana dapat so much duit, Zahid? Your salary as defence minister mana cukup? Unless you've been a very, very naughty boy.
Ku Li resurfacing to lead ‘third force...
Insiders claim that some of BN's Sabah and Sarawak MPs who are in Kuala Lumpur wanted to explore "possibilities" of a positive change for both East and West Malaysia's politrical landscape.
he alleged recent meeting between several MPs from East Malaysia and Umno veteran leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has rekindled rumours that Ku Li is not a spent force.
Old speculations about Ku Li and a ‘third force’ have resurfaced.
The thinking here is that if at least 25 MPs from Barisan Nasional in Sabah and Sarawak leave the ruling party and teamed up with say 10 disgruntled BN MPs from Peninsular, they would be able to change the political equation.
The grapevine in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching are tossing up probabilities that “change” could happen in the next few days.
Political blogs and news portals have picked up on these rumours and riding on the alleged meeting between Ku Li and the MPs from Sabah and Sarawak, are spewing fresh scenarios.
Insiders claiming to be in the know said that some Sabah and Sarawak BN MPs who are already in Kuala Lumpur wanted to explore “possibilities” of an alternative plan that would have a positive change for both East and West Malaysia’s landscape.
“They are mulling the idea of getting Ku Li as Prime Minister for at least two years and see if he could unite the nation, minus Umno, but without succumbing to Anwarism .
“They are talking about a more sober personality to lead the country out of a stagnated democracy,” said one local leader in Kota Kinabalu who described those in the group as politically adventurous but not ‘big’ risk-taker.
According to the rumours going round here, the “hands engineering the change” want Ku Li to get at least 10 MPs from Peninsular out of BN.
These MPs will then team-up with about 25 or 28 MPs from Sabah and Sarawak to ensure BN loses its majority.
BN currently controls 133 of the 222-seats in Parliament while opposition Pakatan Rakyat holds the remaining 89 seats. BN controls 47 of the 57 MP seats in East Malaysia, including one in Labuan.
Their calculation is that if 35 MPs opt out of BN and throw their support behind Pakatan then BN’s 133 seats would be reduced to only 98 and Pakatan which has 89 seats will gain from the shift in allegiance and now have 124. This would be enough for Pakatan to “form” a new federal government.
That Malaysia does not have anti-hop law has made it more conducive and much easier for such switching of allegiance, as it had happened in Sabah before.
They said even if only 25 BN MPs switched allegiance, that would be enough to send Najib Abdul Razak scurrying for cover.
One of the ways to stem such an incident from happening is to call for a snap general election, just like what Sabah’s then embattled Parti Bersatu Sabah state government did in 1985. Eventually PBS emerged stronger.
But, observers, opined that should that happen, there is no guarantee that Umno-led BN would be returned to power by the Malaysians who are already reeling from accusations of massive fraud against the country’s Election Commission.
Political pundits perceived such possible moves could have emanated from real fear that the ruling party would carry-out gerry-meandearing of election boundaries in favour of Umno-held constituencies, ahead of the next general election which is not due until 2018.
They said there are already plans to carve out at least two parliamentary seats in BN constituency like Pekan (which Najib holds) and in rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak.
This however seemed to be not an easy task to carry out as opposition MPs would definitely reject such controversial redelineation exercise.-fmt
Desprado jumpa Ku Li
Jumpa beg peti undi SPR di belakang hotel, siapa punya kerja...