KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Government will investigate if there is any element of corruption in state assemblies and party-hopping, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“There is evidence of some manipulation,” the Prime Minister told a press conference here on Friday (May 11) after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting.
“Parti Warisan Sabah had 35 seats, but after numerous recounts by the Election Commission, this was reduced to 29,” he said.
“There was an attempt to get people to cross over by using money, and this is corruption.
“We will investigate this and if we find any evidence of people being paid to cross over, we will treat it as corruption and investigate all these allegations.
“We are not taking revenge but upholding the law. If we find evidence of money being used to get votes, we will move to declare that election invalid,” he said, adding that political corruption would damage the country and its democracy.
Dr Mahathir said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seemed to ignore the fact that "corruption was rife" during the 14th general election.
He alleged that during the last few days of campaigning, there was no speeches, instead "only money was distributed".
"We will properly investigate and follow the rule of law. If we find evidence of money being used to get votes, we will move to declare that election invalid,” he said, adding that political corruption would damage the country and its democracy.
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