Probe claim of vote-buying at Warisan elections, MACC urged

A woman is seen holding two ‘money’ packets at Warisan’s AGM in this photo uploaded to Facebook by an unhappy party member. (Facebook pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Newly registered NGO, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Movement (Geram), has urged anti-graft authorities to probe an allegation of graft at the recent Warisan party elections.

Its spokesman Rauf Jualis said Warisan member Ismaily Bungsu had alleged that some individuals had bribed party delegates to win a spot on the Warisan Supreme Council.

“Ismaily’s allegation was made through his Facebook page where he said certain candidates gave between RM100 and RM150 to delegates as an enticement to vote for them.

Ismaily Bungsu’s Facebook posts allege that some ministers and party leaders used money to gain votes in the party elections. (Facebook pic)

“His posts have since gone viral, and this is proof enough for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to start investigating who these ministers and Warisan leaders accused of bribing voting members are,” Rauf said.

Ismaily, who is also the Sabah Cultural Board chairman, uploaded the Facebook post about two weeks ago after losing in the party election. He also uploaded photos of a woman holding two packets, purportedly containing money, with the candidates’ numbers.

Ismaily warned that such a practice could sink Warisan before it even sets sail. He said some members had accused him of trying to ruin the party’s image by making the allegation but he defended his action, saying he did it because he loved the party.

Commending Ismaily’s bravery, Rauf urged him to lodge a report with MACC and cooperate in the probe.

“He will be in violation of Section 25(1) and (2) of the MACC Act 2009 and could be fined up to RM100,000 and imprisoned up to 10 years or both if he refuses to cooperate,” said Rauf.