2 members of security forces held over alleged vote-buying in Lahad Datu

The money is believed meant to induce members of the armed forces to vote for a certain party. (Bloomberg pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Two members of the security forces have been arrested in Lahad Datu on suspicion of vote-buying for a political party in the state election.

According to a source, the suspects were arrested after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission received a tip-off.

“It is believed that the money was to be given to other officers as an inducement to vote for a certain party today,” said the source.

Early voting for 16,877 police and armed forces personnel and their spouses began at 8am today in 55 voting centres across the state. The voting ends at 5pm.

Sabah MACC chief S Karunanithy confirmed the arrests but declined further comment.

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