BN candidate in the Permatang Pauh by election Arif Shah Omar Shah yesterday admitted the BN machinery has been giving RM100 to RM 500 to the locals. While he claimed that the money was payment for “intelligence work” and not to buy vote, he might have unwittingly admitted his commission of an “illegal practice” under Section 21 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
This is the partial translation of the headline story on today (August 22) Sin Chew Daily titled “Arif Shah: Employing Locals As Campaign Workers; BN PAYS INTELLIGENCE FEES, NOT BUYING VOTES”:
(Butterworth, August 21) BN candidate in the Permatang Pauh by-election Datuk Arif Shah admited that the BN election machinery had been giving away money in the constituency, but that was “intelligence fee”, not the money to buy votes.
He said, BN gave money to the locals to employ some of them to be campaign workers, but others who were not arranged to help in campaign would be listed as BN’s “covert intelligence agents”.... selanjutnya.