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MACC Secretary to investigate vote-buying based on law, not personal interpretation

KUALA LUMPUR, January 24 — Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said today that the vote-buying investigation was based on the law and not on personal interpretation. I was.

he spoke english every day star The Election Fraud Act of 1954 was very clear about the statutory definition of vote-buying.

“Section 10(a) of the Act is very clear and the general terms used to defend the argument are merely personal interpretations.

“Call it a ‘sedeka’ (alms) or ‘donation.’ The law sees it as a bribe paid to voters whether they ask for it or not,” he was quoted as saying. .

He reportedly pointed to Section 10(a) for the definition of bribery before, during and after an election, which distinguishes between crimes committed by candidates or representatives on their behalf. I didn’t.

Azam’s comments were relevant to the debate over whether distributing cash to voters during elections is buying votes or charity.

On Sunday, Pelican Nacional (PN) Secretary General Datuk Seri Hamza Zainuddin He acknowledged that his coalition’s electoral candidates gave money to voters, but added that it was at the request of the voters themselves.

He said voters would come to the candidate during the campaign and ask for financial help.

Earlier, PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awan was quoted on Saturday as saying that handing out cash to voters before the election was not a bribe.

He called it “charity” instead, adding that although it was against Election Commission rules, it was something some voters wanted.

It was filed against PN for suspected vote buying following a viral video and police reports.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2023/01/24/macc-chief-says-investigation-on-vote-buying-based-on-law-not-personal-interpretation/51747 MACC Secretary to investigate vote-buying based on law, not personal interpretation

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