Minister Wants Kedah Mb Probed Over Votes For Duit Minyak Rant
Digital Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil wants authorities to probe Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor over alleged vote buying.
This is after Sanusi, during a ceramah in Padang Serai on Friday night, railed against Perikatan Nasional (PN) supporters asking for “duit minyak” (transport allowance) in exchange for votes.
During the ceramah, the menteri besar - who is also PN’s elections director - said voters should not be calculative.
“Your votes are important. Don’t be calculative over duit minyak. RM50, RM100, RM200, don’t harp on it.
“Those who opposed us returned from Taiwan, China, Singapore, the US, and Australia, they didn’t ask for a single sen for transport. They voted for (Pakatan) Harapan and destroyed us.
“But you folks, (asked for) RM50 (inaudible), made videos, showed it to people. It’s embarrassing!” he shouted.
Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md NorSanusi also said some people went to meet elected representatives and asked for RM50, and threatened not to return to vote if they didn’t receive it.
“Hang bodoh (you are an idiot),” he said in response.
He added that such a calculative mentality is why PN’s “victory” was “taken away” from them.
Video alleging vote buying
Previously, social media was ablaze with videos and photos which allegedly showed people getting paid to vote for PN.
This includes a video showing an individual with indelible ink on her finger, with the caption “RM100 je, haritu kata RM350” (Only RM100, the other day they promised RM350).
This video was spliced together with another video showing people waiting in front of a building to purportedly collect payment from PAS for voting.
This part of the video, some suggested, was over i-Belia cash aid disbursement for youths by the Terengganu government before polling day.
This is likely to be the case as the footage also showed the presence of police officers.
Sanusi previously denied that PAS gave money to voters, claiming they could not afford it.
His remarks on Friday night were at the same ceramah where he dubbed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s cabinet a government that is luar tabii (unnatural) - using the Malay term commonly used to refer to homosexuality.
‘Police and EC should investigate’
Responding to the PAS leader’s latest rant - Fahmi said police and the Election Commission should investigate the Jeneri state assemblyperson over his remarks.
Digital Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil“His statement is very dangerous and should be investigated.
“I am concerned that money politics is on the rise, and is made permissible by the use of terms or definitions,” he said.
During the 15th general election campaign, Penang DAP also offered to reimburse students in the state who travelled back to their hometowns by bus or train to vote.
However, they cancelled the offer just a day after due to concerns that it would be construed as vote buying. - Mkini
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