Vote-buying by any other name … is still an offence

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Latest release from Aliran:

On 21 January Pas president Hadi Awang said it was not against election rules for others to distribute money as “charity” during election campaigns.

He claimed existing campaign rules only prohibited election candidates and their representatives from giving cash to voters.

Opposition leader Hamzah Zainudin, for his part, said it was the intention behind cash handouts that mattered most, as some voters had asked for essential aid.

Aliran disagrees with such statements. Section 10(c) of the Election Offences Act 1954 is crystal clear: “every person who, directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person on his behalf, makes any such gift, loan, offer, promise, procurement, or agreement” to induce another person to “procure the election of any person, or the vote of any elector or voter” shall be deemed guilty of the offence of bribery.

Aliran urges the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to carry out a thorough investigation into this, irrespective of whether the parties or personalities involved are currently in government or in the opposition.

Everyone should be subject to the same rules against vote-buying.

We also call on the MACC to probe the funds received by the major parties before the general election to find out if they came from any illicit sources.

In future, the scope for vote-buying offences should be extended to bar the federal and state governments from providing any initiative or allocating any unusual public expenditure that could be construed as an inducement to influence voters, including civil servants, ahead of polls. Such unusual inducements could take the form of unscheduled cash handouts and the award (or promise of an award) of unusual civil servant salary increments and bonuses in the run-up to polls.

Aliran also calls for the Election Offences Act to be further strengthened and clarified so that it will be effective in ensuring that elections are free from corruption.

Aliran executive committee
25 January 2023

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Shriek

During election, rakyat must must for donations from every party. Same as buy election if the mp is gone

PCH

Party donations are quite sophisticated for readers to digest

Time to showcase Malay rich historical traditions and culture in KL to the tourists to differentiate from the Arab world ?

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/02/03/rais-proposes-creation-of-malay-world-in-kl/

Baju Melayu Kebaya exhibition for example

Shriek

What is there to show case? No more P Ram lee and Sa Loma in malay baju and kebaya. Foreigners think landed in Mid East. Better visit Indo as they retain their traditions.

Yellow

Poster Boy of BN offers excuse why Umno lost big time in PRU15:

T Murugiah

He should retire quietly, retreat to kampong life savouring turtle eggs as nobody will miss him

luca

The beginning of Court Cluster in Bersatu?

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/655791

enid

Bersatu’s account shows a balance RM28.4 million in 2020 and RM64.6 million in 2021. Interestingly, in 2020, Bersatu received RM109 million in so-called donations. The next year, it received RM148 million in yet another round of dubious donations. In total, it had received RM257 million in donations in just two years. Exactly who would be so generous to donate so much money to Bersatu?

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=224574

shriek

my nons in pkr so quiet about all in the family? nurul should not be there. what reformation? all sweet talk. tell us what econs or financial subjects she touches on?

Diane Yee

Black or white cat not important so long as it can catch rat.

Nurul is certainly more capable than Mukhriz.

Jive Bunny

Muhyiddin’s son in law now under MACC investigation for getting government contracts during g PN administration without any open tender?

luca

If we want to realistically reduce corruption in Malaysia, we have to tighten the loopholes of the laws, increase the penalties and allocate a special court for corruption cases to expedite the process. So far we have not seen any political will to do all these to strengthen the fight against corruption. It is because any government of the day does not want to do it as it affects themselves.

Esme

Muhyiddin Yassin has strongly denied any involvement in the awarding a lucrative government contract to a company supposedly linked to his son-in-law.

Anil has any new update?

glissantia

Minister Nga was seen handing out ang pau. Why not give to the deserving from funds allocated to him as MP, with proper records?

When PH was in government up to 2020, its MPs got at least RM2 million each for development, 1.5 million for grants, 300k for service centres, while opposition MPs got only 100k for development. So, PH repeated what BN had done.

Harimau Tua

If a Minister gave ang pow to Common rakyat in a symbolic RM2, enough to buy an ice cream cone (RM1. 70) at McDonald’s – not really considered a bribe, but sharing the joy of CNY.

If Ang Pow is RM100, then it is a separate thing. So how much is the ringgit value of an Ang pow from Minister?

Generic Bunny

glissantia made a big fuss without disclosing the amount in the Kor Ming’s angpow.

A Rakyat 88

Hallo Generic Bunny, O rabbit, everybody here makes a big fuss on just about anything and everything there is to make a fuss about. So, am not sure what’s the big fuss about the fuss glissantia is fussing about.

PanTaDuDu

MACC siasat orang beri ‘sedekah’ PRU15

Parti apa tu?

Payakan

Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2022 was released recently: Malaysia been declining for years “as it struggles with grand corruption in the wake of the monumental 1MDB and other scandals implicating multiple prime ministers and high-level officials.”

shriek

if not sure, must you go out to find out about the fuss and then join in to make another fuss?

Yoges

Now taste already changed, McDonald’s ice cream no longer the choice when you have tasted the 31 flavours of Baskin Robbins. Same reson now people wnt Starbucks Americano or Latte, not kopitiam kopi o. So a bigger ang pow (euphemism for rasuah) is needed to satisfy the upgraded cravings.

Booker Tee

Never let the pace of your craving faster than the rate of your wage increase. Simple as that. Settle for non branded generic brand to save money!

Yellow

Talks are to be held next week with the Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s fast-food chains about the Menu Rahmah programme, which offers meals at RM5 each.

Domestic trade and cost of living minister Salahuddin Ayub said the Chinese Food Shops Association was also interested in being part of the programme, Bernama reported.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/02/04/talks-with-kfc-mcd-soon-on-rm5-menu-rahmah-meals/

Bianca

Unlikely McD will have RM5 menu as it has just increased the price of it’s affordable mix and match menu to minimum RM7. Fast food are not balanced meals to begin with. Better cook yourself at home.

Brocky

Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Salahuddin Ayub said “We have engaged with several restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King and the results can be said to be positive. There will probably be a Rahmah Burger worth RM5 (at these outlets).”

https://www.malaymail.com/amp/news/malaysia/2023/02/09/menu-rahmah-initiative-attracts-interests-of-other-sectors/54118

We shall wait…

Payakan

Orang Tua ni ada RM6.80 tak cukup makan di KFC

Yellow

Good reason for KFC or McD to have Burger Rahmah RM5 to suit the budget of B40 uncles and aunties.

luca

Burger King Launches RM5 Menu Rahmah Combo Meals

Malaysians can now get a burger and a bottle of mineral water for only RM5!

https://says.com/my/amp/makan/burger-king-launches-rm5-menu-rahmah-combo-meals

Esme

Duit Raya RM700 for civil servants

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/429795

shriek

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/business/2023/02/05/thailand-indonesia-battle-for-chinese-group-tours-post-covid/?utm_source=FCM&utm_medium=Push

malaysia – are not among the top destinations by chinese visitors. They have enough of wong fei hoong shophouse style inns back in China and will coming to penang feel like still in China?

PCH

China tourists like to see sea, especially those inlands ones who consider their big lakes as sea. So they prefer Sabah eg Sipadan for it’s clear salt water sea and marine life.

China seniors or history enthusiasts may like to trace the impact of China migrants to Nanyang eg Penang link with their revered Sun Yat Sen (may have link to Wong Fei Hong if you like Shriek follows Hsui Hak’s 1990s movies).

Nowadays another proven selling point of Penang is the street food or seafood.

Payakan

DSAI stated that the Islamic religious studies currently being taught in schools and higher education institutions should be reviewed to ensure that universal values and humanity are taught so as to avoid students from blindly following those who claim authority.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/01/26/islamic-studies-in-schools-to-be-reviewed-to-emphasise-universal-values-and-humanity-says-anwar

Xiao Huey

I think this is where Pak Lah failed in his Islam Hadhari.

URGENTLY need to teach universal values to promote diversity otherwise Green Wave will swallow us all.

Payakan

Youth suffers as crippling debt, inflation, cost of living bite

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/426007

Religious study does not equip our youth with living skills and financial literacy.

enid

UCSI Survey finds seven in 10 Malaysian youths in debt, mostly for car loans

https://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/206722/survey-finds-seven-in-10-malaysian-youths-in-debt-mostly-for-car-loans-/

30% of the loans were for vehicles. Vehicle loans (14.39%) have been the second causal factor of bankruptcy rate after personal loan (42.24%) in the year 2022.

Booker Tee

Youth can spend because parents can afford?

What if the financial support ends?

luca

The median EPF savings for Malays is down to RM5,500 (from RM16,600 prior to pandemic) due to withdrawals during the Covid-19 pandemic, says deputy finance minister Ahmad Maslan.

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=224050

But Muhyiddin is pushing for more withdrawals?

Bianca

Pak Lah also has a failed project he initiated as PM – Iskandar Johor – nothing but massive property development now resulting in overhang with no buyer.

Vicki Tok

Biggest failure is the Forest City White elephant. No local can afford and now it is becoming a ghost town.

Shriek

Not meant for locals, locals only want. Chip chip and hand outs from gomen

enid

Dr Mahathir says that ‘nothing has changed’ in the first 100 days of Anwar Ibrahim taking office.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/03/04/anwars-govt-has-yet-to-yield-any-results-says-dr-m/

Obviously due to the damage done by the previous administration. How to undo in 100 days?

shriek

senior advisor – no pay? if screw up – no responsibilty and can just walk away? What a good reform by modern day refomists??? Some says if in a company, boss can get whoever he wants. That is fine. If the country and treasury belongs to boss who cares? But it belongs to shareholder rakyat, then the boss has to answer to the shareholders.

Jeorge

With due respect. But Why is it that it is always Muslims who are always scared. They say they are the majority, and they are scared. They say Islam is ‘the fastest growing Religion in the world’, but they are scared. It seems they are scared of Everything that is different from them. Again and again. No one can go on living like this without becoming resentful and hateful. When ALL these while they have been living side by side, if not across borders or oceans which now are no longer barriers for communication and understanding. Does the Religion teach… Read more »

enid

Now they should be scared of Sulu, not communists?

PCH

DAP Melaka does not support Melaka reclamation.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/02/02/dap-mp-ngos-submit-letter-objecting-to-port-project-in-melaka/

DAP Penang is for Penang South Islands reclamation project.

Both projects are along the Straits of Melacca. Does Aliran sense the inconsistencies?

M3GAN Mutiara

Cash is King.

More relevant in near future as 6 million+ EPF members have less than RM10,000.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nst.com.my/amp/business/2023/01/873081/667mil-epf-members-have-less-rm10000-savings-chief-strategy-officer

GE16 and so on many desperate for ringgit can compromise democracy over makan money.

Payakan

CNA: Can Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim Unite A Divided Malaysia?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=MzseBmc7tGg&feature=youtu.be

The November elections marked a decline of UMNO. With a clear competitor for the Malay vote in Perikatan Nasional, what lies ahead for Malaysia’s grand old party?

Brocky

In a post-Cabinet meeting press conference today, Anwar said “irregularities” were discovered with the multi-billion-ringgit purchase of Covid-19 vaccines for the country, which will be presented in a White Paper from the Health Ministry at the parliamentary meeting starting next week.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2023/02/08/khairy-insists-covid-19-vaccine-procurement-by-the-book/53994

Sia Boey Boy

UiTM also have leakages and wastage pending further investigation?

Esme

The Auditor-General’s Report revealed this week that only 28 out of the 136 ventilators procured by an external provider for the health ministry from 2020 to 2022, at the height of the pandemic, could be used. This debacle has resulted in the loss of RM13.07 million for the government, and comes at a time when ordinary folks are tightening belts.

M3GAN Mutiara

duit “charity” can be contributed towards the funding for Menu Rahmat RM5 meals with decent meat n vegetables to provide nutrients for hardcore poor.

Popular Nasi Kandar Penang like Beratur, Kayu, Deen, Subaidah, Pelita can kickstart the program.

A Rakyat 88

Yes, that will be a good thing to do. But they will not do it as it will not ‘benefit’ them since the idea for and implementation of the program came from their opposers.

Payakan

Tun Dr Mahathir (sore loser nevertheless) has dubbed GE15 the “most corrupted election” because every candidate who won gave bribes to voters openly, and many people witnessed the bribes being handed over just before the voters cast their ballots.

https://worldofbuzz.com/tun-m-says-all-winners-in-ge15-won-because-they-gave-bribes-to-voters-msians-criticise/

enid

Best accomplishment of 100 days of Kerajaan Madani:

1MDB audit: Najib, ex-CEO acquitted of power abuse

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/657153

Ayuh Reformasi?

Esme

1MDB or Jana Wibawa declared purposes are all good but in practice they are just fronts to channel the money for some other uses. These dirty politicians have no principles, are unscrupulous, greedy, and hypocritical. Somehow racism blinded certain group of people to realise this.

A Rakyat 88

D1
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shriek dd 30 Jan 2023 6.01pm

” my nons in pkr so quiet about all in the family? nurul should not be there. what reformation? all sweet talk.”

========

Why single out PKR? Why did you not ask this question when your Pakatan Harapan coalition leaders selected their family members to contest for the parliamentary seats for GE15. What do you think, is suppose to take place after PH wins in the GE15?

Cont. to D2

A Rakyat 88

D2 == Did not this thought crossed your mind then. Everyone of your PH clueless supporters were quiet about it. Now you want to complain about cronyism. Cronyism took place in political parties meeting rooms, long before GE15 and the setting up of the current unity government.That’s how clueless you and your PH supporters were. ( Ah say unity government because the current Opposition seem to be silent most of the time almost like non existent. Rarely hear them raise up any important issues.) Now that cronyism is in full swing, you and your clueless supporters should just accept your/their own… Read more »

Shriek

If cronyism, don’t vote them. What so complicated? You think putting up a donkey can win?

A Rakyat 88

Complicated lah, shriek. How not to vote, now that the GE15 is over. Why you don’t think clearly, so lousy wan, keep saying wrong things. The only election left is the state election. Did mean the state election due mid this year, shriek?

PCH

https://youtu.be/659WPjAr5yM

Penang south islands from another perspectives which Penang Forum can refute.

What say you, the readers?

Payakan

Ministry: ‘Menu Rahmah’ for the poor with RM5 meal sets to be sold in 15,000 diners nationwide

https://www.malaymail.com/amp/news/malaysia/2023/01/31/ministry-menu-rahmah-for-the-poor-with-rm5-meal-sets-to-be-sold-in-15000-diners-nationwide/52734

Where can get Menu Rahmah nasi Kandar?

Last edited 7 months ago by Payakan
Ayappan

Unlikely mamas restaurant will offer good Menu Rahmah as it will cannibalise their business already charging high price!

Payakan

Golongan pendapatan sederhana ‘serbu’ hidangan Menu Rahmah RM5

enid

Anil should highlight good value-for-money Menu Rahmah that are available on Penang Island.

So far Mydin boss (as usual) took the opportunity for free publicity to launch its Menu Rahmah (different RM5 set each day: chicken/fish + vege + drink).

PCH

PN allegedly can be deregistered ?

http://www.financetwitter.com/2023/02/bersatu-could-be-deregistered-after-rm300-million-account-frozen-now-we-know-why-muhyiddin-hid-in-london.html

If the report is true, then the money involved makes 1MDB’s a chicken feed relatively.

We just have to wait and see the authorities official report.

PCH

Correction : Bersatu allegedly can be registered

Anyway without Bersatu, PN is left with PAS and Gerakan and they are near impossible to co-exist?

What say you?

A Rakyat 88

Not sure what you mean, PCH. Did you mean to say, allegedly  registered or
allegedly  deregistered?

Anyway, already Gerakan has been reduced to a ‘Paper Boy’ by looking at the recently ‘Shadow Cabinet’ set up. Later, they may be used as a ‘Delivery Boy’ too. From a party as a ruling state government before, to a servant party now. What a sad story. Good luck to you Gerakan. You are going to need it, lots of it.

Payakan

“Aliran urges the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to carry out a thorough investigation…”

In what way did Aliran urge MACC?
How did MACC respond to Aliran, if any?

Somehow our authorities are more responsive to Malay NGOs, even on trivial matters.

A Rakyat 88

This matter has now gone on the quiet ever since PKR chief ‘s daughter issue cropped up. A few other corruption issues have also gone on the quiet ever since PH took over. PH clueless supporters have also gone on the quiet over these corruption and other issues.

Clueless supporters hypocrisy is now dancing in front of our Rakyat’s eyes.

Ayappan

Let the MACC carry out their duties, they must have a valid reason to freeze Bersatu bank accounts especially why this party have so much money, anyone would wonder were were the sources of funds. Just wait until investigation is done.

A Rakyat 88

What are you saying, Ayappan, that ah am holding the agency back from carrying out their duties ? Where did you get that idea from? And then you go on to say, ‘wait until investigation is done” Confusing lah.

Booker Tee

Why you simply cannot understand simple things put forward by other readers? Lack of IQ or simply ignorance?

enid

Bersatu leaders have to explain how the party, founded in 2016 and was only in power for 17 months (less than 2 years) under Muhyiddin, could accumulate a jaw-dropping RM257 million in cash. UMNO only had RM194 million despite being in power for 61 years (or 76 years since its inception in 1946).

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=223702

A Rakyat 88

Payakan Reply to A Rakyat 88 dd 29 Jan 2023 5.42pm ” In a football match your team ………… ” ======== Is that why Pakatan Harapan during the period of 2018 to 2020 as a ruling government lost all its by-elections. And now, with the way your unity government is doing lately, maybe a repeat of that previous by-elections episode might take place in the coming state election. Notice how quiet the unity government coalition members ( PH ) are now. Its eerie because that is the same thing they did when their previous PH coalition leader as PM went about… Read more »

A Rakyat 88

A3 == The impression given to us Rakyat is that, the ministers do not know what it is they need to do. For example, the previous BN/PN government set up a task force and managed to bring down the price of cooking oil from RM45 per 5kg bottle to RM35 and set up a system to control its pricing. Does the unity government has any thing like that to look into to bring down the prices of goods and how to manage food security and sustainability etc etc etc. The Unity government has managed to bring in foreign workers quickly… Read more »

shriek

al pha. BN control the price but you can see they spent BIG like Tai Ma!. the debtbecome 1.2T! here they cut cost.

A Rakyat 88

Let’s wait and see what’s the latest budget 2023 under the unity government
is going to say.

Shriek

Noted but why you jump the gun and the tank first? Wait wait and then if wrong, you can KbKb just like all you can eat in buffet meal.

A Rakyat 88

What are you talking about, shriek? What is this jump, gun, tank and then suddenly eat at a buffet ?

Shriek

Your BN MCA make us pokkai with 1.2T debt. Why you expect rose like budget? You think you Clint Westwood? Start firing first and then say wait and see?

A Rakyat 88

Hallo shriek, how is BN controlling the price? BN is no more the Ruling Government. Your unity government has taken over since 24th November 2022, which is about 2 months to date.

So, why has the price of goods not come down yet ? What has the unity government been doing about it till now ?

Lots and lots of words have been thrown about wanting to do this and do that.
But when it comes to practical actions it is still practically zero.

shriek

Al pha, you born before WW2. have 1/4, 1/2 cents. Since then has the price of goods falls to 1 cents?Now 1 cents is gone so long ago since your MCA in power.

A Rakyat 88

Someone earlier asked why BN allowed cooking oil price to go up. You said BN is controlling the price. Maybe, the answer is somewhere in the news report below.

Quote – GLICs, GLCs have specific role in realizing Malaysia Madani: Anwar dd 03 Feb 2023 8:48 AM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/84570/glics-glcs-have-specific-role-in-realising-malaysia-madani-anwar

shriek

Specific role? Like you? We all know your role here to sa bo tage.

A Rakyat 88

Sabotage like how, shriek? Maybe like planting durians trees by the road shoulders to give shade and cool the city ? Great thinking, shriek.

enid

“previous BN/PN government set up a task force and managed to bring down the price of cooking oil from RM45 per 5kg bottle to RM35”

But why the previous BN/PN government allowed the price of cooking oil to go up to RM45 per 5kg in the first place?

A Rakyat 88

Hallo enid, do you have a link that says that, it was PN/BN govt who was responsible for the price of cooking oil to go up because ah was under the impression that it was the unscrupulous business people/supply chain who were responsible for doing it.

Shriek

Al pha, I asked you for links you can’t give and how can you expect others to give links? Even there are many links, how to give when you don’t give in the first and last place?

Generic Bunny

Previous BN and PN governments only focus on oil palm.

Today we still have to import vegetables like chillis and ginger.

Mat Sabu must made new move!

enid

Now Hisham and KJ can officially apply to join one of these parties:

1) Bersatu
2) PAS
3) Gerakan
4) PBM

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/653074

KJ will likely tagteam with Azmin to contest in Selangor state election.

Payakan

KJ has received offers to be a Radio station DJ/announcer, football team CEO, Youth leader… (More to come) as many are riding on his popularity (or misfortune?) to gain cheap publicity?

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/node/653297

Perhaps Aliran can also invite KJ as it’s brand ambassador?

Xiao Huey

Good idea for Aliran to verify if KJ agrees to the vision of Aliran, besides getting free publicity to introduce Aliran to young Malaysians.

A Rakyat 88

” UMNO PRUGE:NO SURPRISE KJ SACKED, SAYS PAK LAH’S FORMER ADVISOR ” By Liew Jia Xian dd Saturday, 28 Jan 2023 10:31 AM MYT https://www.thestar.com.my/news/2023/01/28/no-surprise-kj-sacked-by-umno-says-pak-lahs-former-advisor ======== Its not so much the criticism. Its the fear that he will take over and become the leader of the Party. They know that he is a capable leader, organized and intelligent. The threat, traitor or sabotage, could simply be just a ruse. Who was the political leader who was able to or capable of bringing the Covid-19 threat under control systematically. Compare this to the rest of the world. How many countries actually… Read more »

enid

PAS sacked Khairuddin.
MCA suspended Pontian chief Tee Siew Kiong for five years.
PKR sacked Azmin, Zuraida and Tian Chua.
Bersatu sacked Mahathir and Mukhriz.

Sacking and suspending members is nothing new in Malaysian politics.

UMno has its reasons to sack Khairy and to suspend Hisham.

Firdaus

KJ may look good as Health minister because his predecessor Air Suam guy is hopeless. Don’t think he is smart just because he could speak good English unlike that turtle guy.

If KJ made more noise, Umno may expose the secrets behind no disclosure of vaccines procurement.

A Rakyat 88

Here is the thing about exposing secrets. The current unity chief also speaks about it in the similar way ( Don’t challenge me or I will …..)

So, why have they not exposed it, if some wrong has been done?

Is it a you scratch my back, I scratch your back, I keep your secret you keep my secret thingy? Is that the reason why it is kept a secret?

Cumi Ciki

KJ is overated. Must remember how he led the red shirt protestors (thugs) against Bersih years ago. Double headed indeed. He can switch to suit the surrounding.