MACC urged to probe PM over RM60 mil cheques to Sabah fishermen, farmers

Muhyiddin handing over one of the mock cheques during the event in Beaufort. – Malaysiakini photo.

By Chew Lip Song

ELECTORAL watchdog Bersih 2.0 wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for handing over mock cheques worth over RM60 million during the Sabah election campaign trail.

Bersih said based on news reports, the cheques were handed over to representatives of fishermen and farmers in a ceremony in Beaufort, Sabah yesterday. Also present were Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Klias state seat candidate Isnin Aliasnih.

“Section 10 (A) of the Election Offences Act states that anyone who, during an election offers money or valuable returns to influence voters is deemed to have committed an offence,” Bersih said in a statement.

During the event, Muhyiddin had also repeated his calls for Sabahans to vote for a party that was in line with Putrajaya, the statement added.

“Clearly, Muhyiddin has used his position and resources in the government to influence Sabah voters to support Perikatan Nasional candidates.

“We call on MACC to investigate the alleged corruption by the PM and all those who use their position and government resources to fish for votes,” it added.

During the event, Muhyiddin presented mock cheques valued at over RM60 million to various recipients.

The aid included over RM20 million in allowances for farmers and fishermen, RM41.1 million micro and commercial financing funds for agro-food entrepreneurs, and RM21.1 million in living allowances aid for fishermen.