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BUSTED: Pulau Betong post-election payouts

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Aliran received photographs of another round of post-election payouts, this time in the Pulau Betong area, which also comes under the Balik Pulau parliamentary constituency.

A long line of people were queuing up to collect their ‘winnings’ at a shack next to a seafood eatery in Pulau Betong

At any one time, some 200 people were lining up in four lines of about 50 people each to claim their ‘winnings’ using the vouchers they received when they ‘registered’ before polling day.

The vouchers were mainly for the N38 Bayan Lepas and mainly for the N39 Pulau Betong state seats. The payouts were made over three days on 10-12 May 2013. These photos were taken on the third and final day.

N38 Bayan Lepas was won by Noordin Ahmad of Umno-BN with an increased majority of 458 votes (previously 399).

Farid Saad of Umno-BN won the N39 Pulau Betong seat with a majority of 395 votes, up from 294 in 2008

These increased majorities enable BN’s Hilmi Yahaya to snatch the P53 Balik Pulau parliamentary seat from PKR by a 1539-vote majority, overturning PKR’s winning majority of 708 votes in 2008.

This is one of the ‘lucky bonus’ vouchers, similar to the ones Aliran found off Jalan Sungai Dua, near USM.
The PKR chaps (above) were aghast at what was going on.
The organisers of the payout bolted when they saw new Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin (right) and former Penang State Assembly speaker Abdul Halim Hussain approaching.
Reports have now been lodged with the police and the MACC.

Clean and fair elections? You tell us.

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