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Lim details handout incident, asks if BN would give full accounting too

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Modified 13 Jan 2019, 10:38 am

CAMERON POLLS | DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has provided more details on images circulated on social media of a woman in Pakatan Harapan T-shirt distributing cash in Cameron Highlands, where campaigning for a by-election is taking place.

"The woman in the red T-shirt is known as Vanessa, a Dusun-Punjabi from Kota Kinabalu who had been an Impian Malaysia volunteer since 2014.

"She was placed in charge of the Orang Asli motorcyclists who came out from their various Orang Asli kampungs for the Nomination in Tanah Rata yesterday.

"There were 60 motorcyclists and she reimbursed them RM20 each per motor-cyclist," he said in a statement today.

The images were circulated on social media by BN leaders, who claimed it was a case of vote-buying.

Harapan denied this and clarified that they were petrol reimbursements that would be declared to the Election Commission (EC) as part of the coalition's campaign expenses.

Lim added that there were also four buses and five cars involved for nomination day, but these were not under Vanessa's responsibility.

He then asked if BN would be prepared to give a full public accounting on its mobilisation on nomination day.

"Is BN prepared to give a full public accounting of how many people it mobilised for the nomination yesterday, and the total expenditure involved as well as to answer all queries on financial expenditures during the by-election?" he said.

Lim said Harapan was not afraid of the truth as it was not involved in vote-buying.

He also called the public to lodge reports if any such incidences occur during the by-election.

"I call on the voters of Cameron Highlands to be the eyes and ears of the law to report on any vote-buying and corrupt electoral practices to make the by-election the cleanest election in Malaysian history.

"I also call on all competing political parties and candidates to co-operate to make the Cameron Highlands by-election the cleanest election in Malaysian history by making an instant full disclosure of the electoral expenditures when questioned.

"Then the voters of Cameron Highlands would have made great history in Malaysia," he said.

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