KUALA LUMPUR: Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh (pic) has denied giving money or bribing orang asli headmen to persuade them vote for him in GE14.
He said no bribery act took place during meetings on April 28, May 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 this year as claimed by the petitioner M. Manogaran – the DAP candidate for Cameron Highlands.
Even if he did give money, he said it was upon the request of the headmen for the benefit of orang asli and their villages.
“I had never asked or forced them to vote for me when I gave aid, and I had no knowledge whether they were registered voters or not before giving the assistance.
“Anyone who came during the six occasions, I tried to help regardless of where they came from,” he said when testifying in the hearing of an election petition filed by Manogaran.
Manogaran had filed the petition to nullify the general election results. He has named MIC’s Sivarraajh as the respondent.
Counsel Datuk V. Manokaran acted for Manogaran while Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun for Sivarraajh. The hearing continues today.