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

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?

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/

Payakan

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

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?

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?

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?

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 »

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.

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.

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?

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?

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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

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?

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/

A Rakyat 88

A1 == UMNO PURGE: IT WILL BE A COLLECTIVE PARTY DECISION, SAYS RAFIZI IF SACKED LEADERS KEEN TO JOIN PKR By Liew Jia Xian dd Saturday, 28 Jan 202310:48 AM MYT https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/01/28/umno-purge-it-will-be-a-collective-party-decision-says-rafizi-if-sacked-leaders-keen-to-join-pkr ======== PKR leaders are under the impression that PKR won the recent GE15 big time and that they got the full support from us Rakyat to form the government. Just to remind them that PKR contested 104 seats in the recent GE15 and only manage to win a very small 31 seats. They lost a whopping 73 seats or lets say 3/4 of it. The only reason they… Read more »

Payakan

In a football match your team may control 90% of the game in terms of ball possession but lose the game by a single fluke goal.

Ultimately people remember who won the match, not how the match was won.

Firdaus

Enough evidence have been shown and accepted by the majority members that KJ has openly breach party discipline during the recent Umno Assembly. The President has to work fast to clear off those that are not aligned. Those being sacked or suspended should not complain much as their past reactions has very much contributed to their own fate, especially Hishamuddin partly saved by sitting on the Sembrong seat.

Xiao Huey

KJ has the brain to bring the country forward. However, rumours are swirling around his tenure as the health minister on the [alleged] misappropriation of funds then. This is rather disturbing and he should insist on this matter to be investigated if he wants his name to be cleared.

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.

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!

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.

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

Ajith

Most people just want cash, regardless of the origin of money (whether from sin tax or illegal gain). Coming from PAS will be deemed halal. No explanation could tell these people otherwise.

Jialat69

Most people cannot see beyond short term. A simple RM100 handout (legal or illegal) will provide immediate fix to smoking or drinking addiction. Democracy is not their concern.

Payakan

Technically cannot blame PAS since MACC can only talk but no action, meaning the ‘sedekah’ argument is acceptable.

RM100 for a Undi18 voter means sedekah for 6 cups of Starbucks Frapucinno or 10 cups of Tealive, while his/her parents will see it as 2x 9-piece sets of KFC, for family lunch and dinner. Even more incentive if the sedekah is RM600 as claimed by some.

A Rakyat 88

But Ayapaan, in his comment above says different. He says, ” Let the MACC carry out their duties …….Just wait until investigation is done.”

Ah wonder, if that advise was meant for you, Payakan?  

( Ayappan Reply to A Rakyat 88 dd 2 Feb 2023 5.09pm )

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=223702

A Rakyat 88

Who knows, maybe PN have supporters who must have deep pockets.

A Rakyat 88

No explanation could tell these people otherwise.” You mean to say that due to greed for money, most of our Rakyat have no brains to think right from wrong, no matter what explanation is given to them. Is that what you are trying to say, Ajith?

Payakan

Ajith is refering to hierarchy of needs: sacrifice principle for sedekah for these people is to fulfill their basic needs (food and shelter), not greed. Kerajaan Gagal + countless MCOs have left many people desperate for money and handouts, and clean election by is not their immediate priority.

Shriek

Al pha, you don’t trust religious people? You think they give sin $$$? Sin $$$ can be purified just like sinners can go to heavens after following them. You think Umno and MCA can save rakyat? After 65 years, under MCA, we are like Burma.

A Rakyat 88

” sinners can go to heavens after following them.”

Who is them, shriek? Sometime, ah get lost reading your comment. And if it is Myanmar you are referring to, sorry to say, our glorious country is not anything like Myanmar.

Ah think it is time you come out of your ‘Burma’ cocoon.

Lastly, them clueless supporters of DAP, who look down upon MCA and Gerakan, tell them their party will always be playing 2nd fiddle to the main party no matter how many seats they win.

enid

There were even Malaysians who were convinced that the EPF money wasn’t their money but given by the government, and that whatever they took would be replenished by the government as well.

What do we do with generations of Malaysians who believe that aid will fall from the sky and the measure of a person’s worth is whether they will lift their hands to prayer on national TV?

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=223637

shriek

You not go burma? Everything looks, smell and infact broken bones, My friend from HK comes here and see Malaysia is like in the 70s,
You no go China? You can stand one side and wait if you dont have wechat to pay? They serve you paying cash later. ATMs tak laku as people uses cashless more

A Rakyat 88

You mean now people in Hong Kong no longer live in pigeon hole condos and cramped ‘shoebox’ flats. 

” Boxed in: life inside the ‘coffin cubicles’ of Hong Kong – in pictures ”

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2017/jun/07/boxed-life-inside-hong-kong-coffin-cubicles-cage-homes-in-pictures

Your friend did not say anything about this, compared to our beloved country and how we live? Imagine in HK, toilet and cooking side by side. Shameful isn’t it ?

enid

Many Hong Kong fellows have BNO option to live in UK

https://youtube.com/watch?v=bJn3J_PPFGE&feature=youtu.be

But they lower their status to work in 3D jobs.

shriek

Al pha, you sleeping? up to 80’s many from china swim over and there were many squatters and they built from bottom to top of hills – all tin squatters. Tin shed to prevent fire. Gomen has clear the squatters and resettle them in flats. As for coffin cubicles, they prepare for the future. As Senior, you dont prepare? Many aged 50s to 90s have gone. Better get use to it

A Rakyat 88

A2 == Now, with UMNO being your deputy in the unity government and UMNO having sacked some of its members for various reasons, that they were not in line with their party whatever etc, how do you as economic minister figure that they will be helpful to your PKR party if they ask to join. What will be the implications? Is this the reason why our Nation is still facing problems economically. There are 4 ministries related to economy in our Nation with 4 ministers and 4 deputy ministers. We Rakyat are not sure what they all doing. Just talking… Read more »

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.

Generic Bunny

If one owes gratitute to Muhyiddin, it is Ismail Sabri. He was never a PM candidate. Muhyiddin made him a public figure to broadcast ppandemic Covid reports at a time every Malaysian was glued to it. When Muhyiddin was forced to appoint a deputy, he chose one who considered fit to sit in tge chair posing no challenge. Never mistake hidden ambition in anyone. So when Muhyiddin was forced out by failures, Ismail next in line worked his way in. Did everyting possible to remain another term though hardly with any clue to solve the impossible decline of the economy… Read more »

Xiao Huey

PM9 Sabri need to be careful now.
Otherwise he may even lose his vice president position in Umno in coming party election.

enid

PN’s shadow cabinet dominated by one race, lacks inclusivity

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/653904

Gerakan Dominic was not considered?