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MACC's 'endorsement' of vote-buying alarming

COMMENT The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) heretical interpretation of the Election Offences Act 1954 (the Act) on corruption is most alarming and warrants an emphatic rebuttal.

In the front-page headline story of Sin Chew Daily on Feb 13, MACC's deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Sutinah Sutan was quoted as saying that for corruption offences committed during an election, our laws only deal with individuals, not political parties. As such, money or gifts given to electorate to induce votes for a political party is not an offence. It is an offence only when the gift is given to induce votes for a specific candidate.

Sutinah further said that the prime minister's or other BN leaders' announcements of allocations for projects are meant to benefit the people and such actions cannot be considered election bribery or abuse of power, as they are meant to garner electoral support for BN, and not for the leader himself...