PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has urged electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 to clarify if it has lodged a police report against PKR and its candidate for the Sungai Kandis by-election for allegedly committing electoral offences.
Najib said this after he was called by the police to give his statement for allegedly breaching the Elections Act over a Facebook post which was uploaded on polling day of the Sungai Kandis by-election. Under the Elections Act, it is an offence to campaign on polling day.
Najib said today on his Facebook page that he was ready to cooperate with the authorities but wanted to know if Bersih, which lodged a police report against him, also did the same against PKR’s Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni.
“Bersih themselves claimed that he had committed quite a terrible offence during the by-election.
“This is the best chance for NGOs and the government to prove that they act fairly and impartially,” he said.
Najib also attached a media statement by Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Adam which pointed to electoral offences allegedly committed by Zawawi, as highlighted by Bersih.
These included offering free changing of motorcycle oil, free health checks and medications, the misuse of government assets and campaigning at a school.
Lokman also said that Bersih had accused several Pakatan Harapan ministers of using their official cars to go to the nomination centres on polling day.
In the Aug 4 by-election, Zawawi defeated Lokman and independent K Murthy with a 5,842-vote majority. The by-election was triggered by the death of its incumbent, PKR’s Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei.