Malaysian Insider - Contractor charged with graft during Umno division polls (extracts only):
MALACCA, Jan 22 — A contractor, Johari Ibrahim, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to giving a RM200 bribe during the Alor Gajah Umno divisional election on Nov 1.
Johari, 46, from Kampung Panchor, Durian Tunggal, is charge with bribing one Nadiah Roslan as an inducement to vote for Datuk Abdul Kadir Daud for the post of division chief.
The former publicity officer of Perbadanan Ayer Melaka, who is also Kampung Panchor Umno branch chief, was charged under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.
He faces a maximum jail sentence of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.
Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, an education officer who is also a senior assistant at a primary school in Raub pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court today to two counts of giving bribes during the Raub Umno divisional election.
Junaidi Abdul Hamid, 46, is alleged to have given RM200 each to two Umno members, Noranizah Abd Hamid and Adnan Samad, as an inducement to vote Datuk Mustafar Kamal Abdul Hamid for the post of Raub Umno division chief and Datuk Abdullah Bakar as the division's deputy chief.
kaytee’s comment: We know these alleged crimes better as ‘money politics’, which apparently runs rampant in UMNO party election (far more than the general election or a by-election).
‘…maximum jail sentence of 20 years …’? Wow!
Malaysiakini - Corruption report lodged against S'gor MB (extracts only):
Anti-graft watchdog Gerak has lodged a complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for allegedly misusing state funds.
According to Gerak chairperson, Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus, Abdul Khalid had used state funds to sponsor 46 cattle to be slaughtered and distributed to Bandar Tun Razak residents in Kuala Lumpur for the Hari Raya Korban last December.
Abdul Khalid is also the member of parliament for Bandar Tun Razak.
kaytee’s comments: Is it okay for a Selangor pollie to use Selangor State funds (owned by Selangor-eans) to celebrate a festivity in a constituency of a different State (Territory), benefitting not Selangor-eans but people in another State (Territory) - 'coincidentally' Khalid happens to represent the non-Selangor constituency as its Federal MP?
The allegation of corruption is that Khalid Ibrahim has allegedly misused Selangor funds to promote himself in the non-Selangor federal constituency.
Khalid Ibrahim has denied the accusation.
Malaysiakini reported that Khalid asserted no state funds were used by him for this purpose, and that the cattle were donated by six subsidiary and associate companies of state development agency PKNS.
He said: "(But) we had sufficient cattle for Selangor and that is why when the associate company of PKNS wanted to donate more cows to the state, I suggested that they should instead donate the cattle to mosques in Cambodia or Bandar Tun Razak as I am the MP for the area."
I think Khalid is skating on thin ice here because as the MB of Selangor he has enormous power and influence and shouldn’t have proposed the two options of ‘mosques in Cambodia’ or ‘Bandar Tun Razak’.
It’s a no-brainer which option would be selected for a variety of reasons, one of which would have been the practicality of despatching the cattle to the named location. If you were a PKNS staff officer, would you have sent the cattle to Bandar Tun Razak or Cambodia (yeah, right!)?
Such a proposal by the State MB places him in an awkward position of ‘conflict of interests’ - on two counts, (i) as MB of a State which controls the PKNS, and (ii) as the Federal MP of Bandar Tun Razak, the beneficiary of the donated cattle.
Malaysiakini - Pakatan duo lodge report over KT 'corrupt acts' (extracts only):
Two Pakatan Rakyat MPs have lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged corrupt practices by Barisan Nasional during the Kuala Terengganu by-election.
The report was lodged by Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) and Loh Gwo Burne (PKR-Kelana Jaya) at the Federal Territories MACC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
In their report, the duo cited four instances of alleged corrupt practices and attached four newspaper clippings to support their claims. The four articles touched on:
(1) RM1 million fund for fishermen.
(2) RM23.8 million allocation for SJK (C) Chee Wen.
(3) RM15.8 million projects for Class F contractors.
(4) RM300 each for journalists covering the by-election.
Speaking to reporters later, Loh said the funding announced during the by-election appeared to be a method used to fish for votes using the government machinery.
kaytee’s comments: Loh Gwo Burne, famed instant pollie and reputed producer/director of instant short video documentaries and also instant martyr when he was punched by his own PKR bloke a few months back, seemed to have taken to instant politics like duck to water ;-).
But I wonder what he would have made of Khalid Ibrahim’s cerita lembu.
Loh who pledged to learn instant Bahasa (see Bahasa Mělayu - a letter to Yang Běrhormat) is likely to say:
Aiyoh Lartoh, ta’usah berpuli-puli
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