A PKR insider produces an audio clip as evidence of money politics allegedly involving the Selangor MB.
The audio clip was forwarded to FMT by a party insider who said it recorded a telephone conversation between Ibrahim Mahidin, who is Khalid’s campaign manager, and V Bobinath, who is seeking election as deputy youth chief in PKR’s Kuala Selangor division.
Ibrahim is heard offering RM20 each to voters who back Khalid for the party’s deputy presidency and another RM30 for re-electing him as chairman of the Kuala Selangor division.
The two spoke in colloquial Malay. Part of the conversation is translated as follows:
Bobinath: How much for each vote?
Bobinath: Are you sure?
Ibrahim: Of course. Have I, Haji Ibrahim, ever bluffed you?
Bobinath: Who is paying?
Ibrahim: I, Haji Ibrahim.
Bobinath: You’re giving me money. Whom do I have to support?
Ibrahim: Support Tan Sri Khalid. Number three.
Bobinath: Number three?
Ibrahim: Nombor three. The national one.
(This apparently refers to the deputy presidential race.)
Bobinath: How about if I support the Tan Sri at the divisional election?
Ibrahim: I’ll give another RM20.
(After some haggling, this amount was raised to RM30.)
Later in the conversation, Ibrahim said he would only pay those voters who provide evidence of their support for Khalid by showing pictures of their ballot papers.
Bobinath, a wireman, has lodged a police report in Jeram yesterday, claiming that he was offered money to vote for Khalid through a phone conversation at 5.50pm on May 10.
He also claimed that Ibrahim later paid him RM500 in person in Jeram at about 2.30am the following day, which was also the day of party polls in Selangor.
Matter to go to court
Meanwhile, former Kapar MP S Manikavasagam has told FMT that he would take his allegation of Khalid’s alleged vote buying to the party’s top leadership.
“The party has a process on this kind of matter and I will follow it,” he said.
Manikavasagam is Khalid’s opponent in the Kuala Selangor divisional election.
Yesterday, Khalid said on Twitter that he would sue Manikavasagam over the allegation.
Manikavasagam said he was ready to face Khalid in court.
PKR’s election committee called of the Kuala Selangor poll last Sunday, saying a large number of members had complained of irregularities.
Earlier today Khalid refused to comment on matters involving the party polls when asked by journalists. He merely stated that he would bring up the issue at the party’s political bureau which meets later today.
However a source close to the MB said Khalid would propose for the elections to be postponed until the voting system is improved.
Khalid, who is in a three cornered tussle with incumbent Azmin Ali and party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, currently trails Azmin in the race to be party’s number two man.
Official results as of May 4 showed that Azmin garnering 9,876 votes followed by Khalid (6,217 votes) and Saifuddin (5,717 votes).