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Amanah makes police report over BN use of 1.5b for GE13

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Kedah Amanah Youth lodged a police report over BN's admission that it used RM1.5 billion in the 13th general election.

Its chief Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris, who lodged the police report at the Sungai Petani police station on March 11, said the amount violated election laws, which placed a spending cap on RM200,000 for a parliamentary seat and RM100,000 for a state assembly seat.

There are a total of 222 parliamentary seats and 576 state assembly seats in Malaysia.

Mohd Asmirul made the report based on a Malaysiakini story which quoted Malacca Umno liaison chief Idris Haron ( pix above ), who is also the Malacca chief minister, admitting that BN had indeed spent RM1.5 billion in the last general elections.

"The confirmation by Idris Haron clearly shows that BN candidates spent above the limit in the 13th general election...

"This police report is made so that the Royal Malaysian police can investigate the relevant quarters over the breach of the Election Offences Act 1954, which is a crime," said Mohd Asmirul in the police report.

In the news report, Idris was asked to confirm former Kedah Umno liaison chief Mukhriz Mahathir's statement, claiming that Najib revealed the massive spending at a meeting of Umno liaison chiefs.

Mukhriz had also questioned how Najib could have returned RM2.03 billion out of the RM2.6 billion in the latter's personal bank accounts, said to be from Arab donors for the election, if RM1.5 billion had already been spent.

However, Idris rebutted Mukhriz, stating that the RM1.5 billion did not necessarily originate from the RM2.6 billion.

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