BN goat feast pledge in Rantau a bribe, says Bersih

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 says former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron committed an election offence by offering goats to residents. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) today called the goat feast pledge by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Rantau by-election a bribe.

The Bersih steering committee said former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron committed the election offence of bribery under Section 10(c) of the Election Offences Act 1954.

Last night, Idris said if BN won by 300 votes in Taman Angsamas, he would sponsor two goats for a feast.  Taman Angsamas is located in the Rantau constituency.

In a statement today, Bersih said though the act of throwing the feast would be after the election, the corrupt intent started during the campaign period and was an offence.

The group then called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the election offence by interviewing those who were present at the talk.

“Action should be taken and the court should have the opportunity to hear such cases so that precedents could be established to provide legal guidance on election offences,” said Bersih.

The group also warned that it might not be Idris alone who could be charged with that offence because Section 10 of the act was not limited to a candidate.

“It should be noted that recipients of a corrupt act are also liable to be charged.”