IPOH: Undercover Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers will be monitoring the Cameron Highlands by-election.
Perak MACC director Datuk Zainul Darus said five officers will be stationed at the Cameron Highlands starting Saturday (Jan 12), which is nomination day.
He said the plain clothes officers will be among the public monitoring talks, events and campaigning.
“We will open our operations centre in Ipoh at the state MACC headquarters, as well as one centre in Cameron Highlands.
“Although the area is under the jurisdiction of Pahang, but distance and for logistics purposes, it is nearer to Perak,” he told a press conference on Friday (Jan 11).
Zainul added that both the centres would be operational 24-hours a day.
“Even before nomination, we did receive information on offences carried out under the Election Offences Act 1954.
“Among the complaints include holding events where food and drinks as well as contributions are provided,” he added.
However, Zainul said all the information received would be provided to the MACC headquarters to ascertain if action was required.
“We need to check if there are elements of corruption involved before proceeding with the necessary action,” he added.
Zainul urged the anyone involved in the elections to provide information to MACC if they suspect corruption was involved.
He said the individuals could call the state MACC in Meru Raya, Ipoh at 05-526 7000, fax at 05-5261214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The operation centre in Cameron Highlands is located at CH Merlin Inn, Tanah Rata. People could call 019-600 2041 to report there.
Zainul said they would also seek assistance for MACC Pahang for areas bordering the state.o
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