SEREMBAN: PKR party president Anwar Ibrahim vowed to not use government machinery during the Rantau by-election campaign. His pledge came just hours after cars belonging to the Negeri Sembilan state assembly speaker and deputy speaker were seen near the nomination centre.
Dr Streram Sinnasamy whom is a Pakatan Harapan candidate was confirmed as one of the four candidates in the race for the vacant state seat.
Anwar said he had advised party members not to go to “extremes” in campaigning.
He also said he was aware of electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0’s allegation that PH had already committed an election offence after an MP was said to have given food coupons to underprivileged students in Rantau, reportedly at Streram’s request.
Bersih had yesterday questioned the presentation of food coupons to underprivileged students in Rantau by Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, who said Streram had asked for this. This, said Bersih, was an offence under Section 8 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
This is despite the campaigning period not having started yet at the time or that the food was given to children (who are not voters), which was what Streram said to defend Michael later on.
Earlier today, official vehicles of the Negeri Sembilan state assembly speaker and his deputy were seen outside the nomination centre here at SJK (C) Bandar Seri Sendayan, which some would also construe as misuse of government machinery.
Earlier today, the nominations of Mohamad, Streram and two independent candidates, housewife and Port Dickson-born Malar Rajaram and former teacher and lecturer Mohd Nor Yasin, were accepted by the returning officer. Campaigning for the by-election will last 14 days, beginning today