Ismail Sabri challenges Bersih to protest alleged unethical practices in Kimanis by-election

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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2020

Ismail Sabri speaking to former fisherman Awang Bujang Awang Tunggut, 95 during walkabout at Kampung Binsuluk. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

BEAUFORT: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has challenged election watchdog Bersih to hold a demonstration over what he alleges are unethical practices taking place during the Kimanis by-election.

Ismail, who is also parliament Opposition leader, said he was challenging Bersih as it had previously held similar street demonstrations to call for clean and fair elections during the Barisan Nasional administration.

Bersih, he said, had spoken up against unethical election practices such as the announcement of grants and projects ahead of a by-election.

Ismail also claimed that during a Christmas event in Membakut recently, Warisan leaders handed out lucky draw prizes.

"I am still waiting for Bersih to hold street parades and demonstrations to protest against unclean election practices," he said when visiting fishermen in Kg Binsulok on Monday (Jan 5).

Umno, Ismail said, had lodged numerous reports on such matters but no action had been taken.

Earlier, he said fishermen in the area were concerned about their livelihood due to an unstable catch and the reduction of the special assistance given to them.

"In the past, both husband and wife would get assistance – but now only husbands are eligible to apply. Even so, the amount was reduced from RM300 to RM200... although the Government announced in Budget 2019 that this would be increased to RM250," he said.

Ismail said the fishermen also hoped that the Government would allow them to stop by or take shelter at the protected Pulau Tiga zone, near Kuala Penyu, during bad weather.

"This is for their safety," he said.

He also called for tougher action against fishing trawlers as these vessels often destroy assets of smaller fishing boats, and sometimes even river or sea beds.

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