Ministers can campaign for Anwar, but only outside working hours says EC

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  • Sunday, 07 Oct 2018

PORT DICKSON: Ministers are allowed to campaign for political candidates, but it should be outside working hours, and without using government assets or facilities, said the Election Commission (EC).

EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun (pic), "The EC acknowledges that some Cabinet members and politicians who hold posts in the government, except for civil servants, have the right to campaign for a candidate as it is a party activity.

"However, the EC would like to stress that if they campaign, they should never ever use government assets or facilities for such purposes.

"In fact, the campaigning activities must be done outside their work hours, as it is a misuse of their working hours."

Azhar, who is also known as Art Harun, added that such Cabinet members and politicians should know how to differentiate their roles as party members or leaders and as part of the government's administration.

So far, several ministers such as Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Anwar's wife), Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail have come to Port Dickson.

The EC also reminded candidates that it may be an offence if development projects are launched to specifically fish for votes, and that could invalidate the by-election should there be any petitions filed.

"There is a fine line between promises to bring about development in the constituency and corruption.

"This must be observed," he said.

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