Voter bribing a worrying trend, says Fahmi


KUALA LUMPUR: The practice of bribing voters in elections in the country is worrying, especially in light of two such cases being proven in the Election Court for the recent 15th General Election (GE15), says Fahmi Fadzil (pic).

The PKR Communications Director said the Election Court had previously nullified the victory of PAS candidate Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in GE15 due to bribery, and today, a similar case was reported for the Kemaman parliamentary seat involving PAS representative Che Alias Hamid.

"This is quite a worrying trend. We leave it to the Election Commission (EC) regarding election results. Still, in terms of its political implications, it’s a cause for concern because if bribery is considered a corrupt practice, how can a party (PAS) that claims to champion Islam not see anything wrong with such a corrupt practice?

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"...this is definitely not a good practice for our democratic system,” he told reporters after visiting DHL Express Malaysia Headquarters at Menara TM on Tuesday (Sept 26).

Fahmi, also the Communications and Digital minister, said that for now, the Unity Government is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding this matter.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the Terengganu Terengganu Election Court nullified Che Alias's victory for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in the GE15.

Judge Datuk Anselm Charles Fernandis said the petitioner in the case, Wan Mohamad Hisham Wan Abdul Jalil, who is a voter, proved that corruption to influence voters in the election had taken place. The court also ordered the respondent to pay RM30,000 to the petitioner.- Bernama

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