Cash handouts come with good intentions, that is what matters, say Hamzah

CHERAS: Cash handouts during election campaigning should not be magnified as it is the intentions of such handouts which matter most, said Opposition Chief Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

The Perikatan Nasional secretary-general and Larut MP also stated that it was the people who requested such handouts from the party candidates for various purposes such as house repairs and that accepting such cash should not be made into an issue.

He was speaking to the media after attending a Gerakan Chinese New Year open house with Perikatan Nasional party presidents Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang and Datuk Dr Dominic Lau.

ALSO READ: DPM hits out at Hadi's alleged remarks on cash hand out

"When we talk about giving money, what is important is the intention.

"It is not about accepting what we give (cash handouts) but it is the people who ask from the candidates for house repairs and as such. We have to be very careful as to the intentions," said Hamzah.

He was asked to comment on the recent statement by Abdul Hadi that PAS did hand out cash to voters during the 15th General Election (GE15).

On Jan 21 (Saturday), Abdul Hadi then said that it was not against election rules as the money was distributed for "charity" and existing campaigning rules only prohibited contesting candidates and their representatives from giving cash to voters.

Umno president and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had also slammed Abdul Hadi's statement.

"If he does it, it is a charitable act, but if others do it, it is corruption," said Zahid, at the MCA Chinese New Year 2023 reception on Sunday (Jan 22).

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Nation

Malaysia to leverage Asean to tackle regional issues, says Anwar
Monorail operator gets award from Transport Minister for actions during KL tree collapse
1MDB sues PSI exec, UK law firm for RM8.61bil
Police warn public not to share video of acid attack on footballer
Tun M says MACC has not asked him to declare assets
School liaison officers play a vital role to ensure students' safety, says Wong
Ops Samba 2.0: Twenty-three Customs officers, personnel to be charged, says MACC
Civil servant claims trial to sexual assault of disabled teen
Young couple plead guilty to neglecting newborn baby
Move from tolerance to genuine acceptance, says Dr Wee on interracial harmony

Others Also Read