PETALING JAYA: Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Harun has challenged Datuk Seri Najib Razak to lodge a report against the EC if he has information pertaining to his allegations of election offences.
Azhar told FMT he viewed the former Prime Minister's innuendo that the EC was controlled by Bersih as "ill-intent and, in fact, malicious".
"For him to conclude that in current times, bribery and corruption during elections are no more an offence is a calculated move to belittle the effort of the EC, hundreds of its hardworking staff, the police force and the MACC who are working tirelessly to fight corruption," he said.
"Perhaps Najib should stop screaming vitriol against the EC and be proactive in lodging reports with the police or MACC, as the case may be, if he has direct information about any alleged offence or about any act that he deems as an offence," he added.
Azhar said he had been consistently explaining that those who had direct information on any act that might be an offence should lodge a report with the proper authorities.
"If Najib feels that the EC should have the power to investigate, arrest or detain offenders, or to impose fines or prosecute offenders, perhaps he should, as a senior MP, move Parliament to pass a new law that gives those powers to the EC," he said.
Azhar added that if a law was passed to give such powers to the EC, it would be happy to investigate all alleged offences of bribery and corruption that were committed in the past, particularly during GE13 and GE14.
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