Friday, August 14, 2015

PKR Sues Najib Razak for Breaking Election Law

The Wall Street Journal’s report of $700 million (RM2.6 billion) that went into PM Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts, has now been confirmed as a "donation". According to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, that is.
Not much detail was divulged by the said authority. Other than a very generous Arab had allegedly made the payment. But even from the sparse information that we have undoubtedly, there were hints of deception; elements of corruption; and indications that corrupt tactics were used by BN to win the 13th general election.
Sure, political donations are legal in Malaysia. However, the Election Offences Act (1954) regulate the maximum expenses allowed for candidates vying for parliamentary seats and for state seats during the campaign period. The permissible campaign expenditure set by the Election Offences Act (1954) is RM100,000 per candidate for state seats, and RM200,000 per candidate for federal seats.
According to this guideline, with 505 state seats and 222 parliamentary seats in the 2013 general election – if you do your maths – the maximum amount that Barisan Nasional was allowed to spend should be RM94.9 million.
So because of this unnamed benefactor’s largesse, BN election coffers were overflowing because the amount represented more than 26 times the allowable amount as defined by Malaysian law.
Consider this! In the US of A, in the 2014 mid-term election, both Democratic and Republican parties combined raised a little more than $1 billion (RM4 billion).
In the UK, donations and loans are reported on the Electoral Commission’s online database to ensure there is transparency on the funding of parties. Examining just a one-year period before the 2015 election – the political parties that were active during that period amassed a total sum of £107 million (168 million; RM1 billion).
Down under, for the 2013 election, Australian parties received a total of A$58 million ($42 million; RM165 million) in political funding.
Therefore, on August 12, 2015, PKR filed a civil suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against PM Najib Razak (left) – saying he has broken election laws by accepting a RM2.6 billion ‘donation’ that was used to fund the ruling coalition's campaign in the last general election.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah said the suit, also named UMNO secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, 1MDB, and the Election Commission as defendants.
The plaintiffs are seeking a number of declarations, among them that Najib committed corrupt practices with the fund of RM2.6 billion entering into his personal accounts; that BN be de-registered; that the conclusion of the 222 parliamentary seats had been compromised; and that the results of GE13 be therefore set aside.
They also want the court to rule that each of the defendants, either acting individually or with each other, had maliciously and dishonestly committed fraud on the Malaysian electorate by the commission of corrupt and illegal practices, and as a consequence, the results of GE13 should be declared null and void.
In a same-day response, UMNO supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz (left) said: “This is a stupid move by PKR. She (Nurul Izzah Anwar) is a runt, who only just became an MP and does not understand the law”.
Hello, Nazri! Why pick on Nurul Izzah? She is only one of six parties who are the plaintiffs. Is Nazri always so stupid or was that Wednesday a special occasion? The Brits would call him an arsehole, a jerk, a wanker.
PKR lawyer R Sivarasa explained that the suit was meant to send a clear message to Najib that he would be brought in to account for his actions. "He can change the A-G, he can interfere with the MACC and can do all sorts of things, but our summons… is our initiative to ensure no matter what he does, he will be held accountable in court," Sivarasa said.

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