Dayak party to lodge report with MACC over GE14 bribery allegations

PBDS Baru president Cobbold John Lusoi (left) affixes his signature to the party’s election manifesto, as Patrick Anek looks on, in Kuching April 10,2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
PBDS Baru president Cobbold John Lusoi (left) affixes his signature to the party’s election manifesto, as Patrick Anek looks on, in Kuching April 10,2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, April 10 — An Opposition party is expected to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today over allegations that money has been deposited into the bank accounts of Village Security and Development Committees purportedly for distribution to villagers during the campaigning period of the 14th general election (GE14).

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) deputy president Patrick Anek said the party has in its possession receipts to prove that between RM20,000 and RM40,000 had already been deposited into the accounts of the various village committees by certain politicians.

He said he would reveal the names of the parliamentary constituencies and the politicians involved to MACC today.

“We found out that the cash will be distributed to the villagers during the campaign period,” he told reporters at the launch of the party’s election manifesto here.

“We hope MACC will take action against those involved in corrupt practices and the abuse of power to influence the outcome of the election,” he said.

Yesterday, MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad urged voters to submit complaints to the anti-graft body on candidates and political parties allegedly involved in corrupt activities during the general election.

Anek, who is also a senior lawyer, called on the Election Commission (EC) to ensure that candidates contesting in the May 9 election comply with the provisions of the Election Offences Act 1954.

“Under Section 19 (1) of the Act, a candidate is not supposed to spend more than RM200,000 for a parliamentary seat and RM100,000 for a state seat,” he said.

On PBDS Baru’s participation in GE14, Anek said it is to show that the party has the future generation and nation’s interests at heart.

“But whichever parties or coalition forming the next federal government after GE14 must be fair and just, and above all, be free from abuse of power, cronies and corruption, to rule Malaysia for the benefit of all citizens,” he said.

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