The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) is alarmed by a Malaysiakini report that the Barisan Nasional candidate for the delayed Padang Serai election, C Sivarraajh has been offered a senatorship by Pakatan Harapan to withdraw from the contest to make way for the PH candidate.
This is clearly a violation of Section 10(i) of the Election Offences Act 1954, where any inducement to a candidate to withdraw from a contest is considered a corrupt practice (bribery) and upon conviction is punishable with up to two years’ jail, a fine of up to RM5,000 or both.
The police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission have to investigate the veracity of this allegation and charge both the inducer and the recipient of the bribe if such an offer was indeed made.
Bersih calls on all those who are contesting in elections to become lawmakers, to respect the laws that regulate elections. It is utterly inconsistent and ironic that aspirants to be lawmakers should start their careers as lawbreakers. – Bersih