Is shaking voters’ hands wrong, asks Muhyiddin

PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin.

KAJANG: PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin today defended party candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali in the Semenyih by-election after he was called out for telling reporters to vote for him and Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the by-election.

“It’s not a question of him not being aware (that he was committing an election offence). Did he (actually) commit an offence?” Muhyiddin asked when questioned about the offence, which carries a hefty RM5,000 fine.

The PH candidate was accused by electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 of breaking the Election Offences Act 1954 which does not allow the candidate to campaign on polling day.

He also questioned if it was wrong for the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Zakaria Hanafi, to go around shaking voters’ hands and telling people to vote for him, as was the case after Zakaria had cast his vote.

“Was it wrong?” he questioned. “Let the authorities, be it SPR (Election Commission), investigate. There is no need for me to comment,” Muhyiddin told reporters at the Kajang police headquarters.

Reporters had asked Aiman how the voting was going on at the time.

He replied: “I hope the voters will make a smart choice to determine the fate of (those in) Semenyih… and by God’s grace, I hope they all vote for Pakatan Harapan. Vote for Aiman Zainali.”

Aiman then left the voting centre with his wife, Nurul Filzah Bakthiar.