No gifts handed out to Kelantan Perikatan launch attendees, says Tanah Merah MP

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.

PETALING JAYA: There were no gifts given to attendees at the launch of Perikatan Nasional in Kelantan on Saturday (July 2), says Tanah Merah MP Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abd Aziz.

The Deputy Defence Minister vehemently denied allegations that attendees were given watches and umbrellas.

"A week before the event, I communicated the news that former prime minister and Perikatan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be present at the launch.

Ikmal said he mentioned the event at a parents-teachers association meeting at the Tanah Merah district Education Department and told those there that they could stay on for the Perikatan event.

He added that those who stayed did so voluntarily, and not for watches or umbrellas as alleged.

Ikmal added that the allegation did not make sense as it would cost too much to provide gifts to the 30,000 people at the event.

"I challenge those who accused me to show proof that anyone received a watch or umbrella," he said.

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