PETALING JAYA: Gerakan has submitted a list of 42 potential candidates or coordinators for the upcoming polls to be screened by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Party president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the list was handed to MACC last month after the party leadership made its selection.
He said Gerakan was one of the “first parties” that submitted its list to MACC for screening before it is finalised by Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The party upholds a long-standing tradition to ensure potential candidates are clean and accountable.
“We are proud and committed to preserving this virtue and track record,” said Mah in a statement yesterday.
Mah said the screening exercise came after a dialogue between MACC and Gerakan last November.
He said the party was determined to present a list of candidates for the next general election that “evokes public trust and confidence”.
“If any corrupt practice or abuse is detected and proven among the potential candidates, they will be changed immediately as the party wants to ensure that all Gerakan candidates have good records,” added Mah.
He, however, disagreed with the proposal that those being charged with graft should not be allowed to be candidates.
“A person is not guilty until he has exhausted his legal remedies,” he added.
Mah said should such move be adopted, then politicians such as Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli would not be able to contest in the next general election despite not being convicted in court.
“There will be a cry of political persecution by the Government, which is unfair,” added Mah.