Malaysiakini – Money Politics at KT backfiring….

Money Politics rearing it’s ugly ugly heads… in Kuala Terrenganu…

How bad?

1) 7 FRU trucks with full battle geared personnel at KT’s Grand Continental hotel vicinity….. apprently a fight broke out…. delCapo was eye witness to the FRU presence (sorry no pix)

2) 2 Journalists needed help…. Haris, Zorro & Gus went to their rescue….

Now… these incidents mirror Malaysiakini’s story below…. delCapo dun believe in coincidence.

MONEY POLITICS is EVIL…. EVIL has a price…. we will know the price in a day’s time =]

‘Cash for voters’ sparks commotion
Andrew Ong | Jan 16, 09 7:22pm
There was a small commotion at a hotel in Kuala Terengganu this evening following a rumour that a political party was distributing cash to voters in tomorrow’s by-election.


kuala terengganu by election vote buying in hotel 160109 03When Malaysiakini arrived at the scene around 5.30pm, scores of people were seen filling their names and identity card numbers on a blank piece of paper in the banquet hall.

The crowd of about 100 appeared uncomfortable at the sight of journalists taking photographs and started urging others to stop writing their particulars.

As more journalist streamed into the banquet hall, an unidentified man picked up some 10 sheets of papers containing the particulars and left the hall.

kuala terengganu by election vote buying in hotel 160109 02“I will ask my boss if there is any more money for us,” said the man, prompting the crowd to leave the hotel.

Most of those in the hall were elderly people who claimed that they had attended a buffet high-tea at 4pm.

Unlike most political events, there was no party logos or banners used to decorate the hall. There were conflicting claims as to who organised the event.

Among those who allegedly spoke to the crowd during the meal was a former menteri besar from a West coast state.

By the time the press arrived, the situation became chaotic with many complaining aloud that they had been cheated since no money was distributed.

Some also claimed that those who had come earlier were able to collect the money.Journalists given money

In another development, RM300 cash was distributed to more than a dozen journalists at the state information department’s media centre in Kuala Terengganu.

kuala terengganu by election money given to media reporters at media centre 160109Journalists were asked to list their names, the organisation they worked for and telephone numbers on a blank piece of paper by a media centre staff before being given a white envelope containing six RM50 notes.

Four Malaysiakini journalists wrote their details on the paper without knowing about the money.

The four later returned the envelopes with a total of RM1,200 to the media centre staff. Several other journalists have done the same.

The media centre staff could not answer when quizzed about the source of the money.

At 6pm, two journalists from Chinese-language online news Merdeka Review lodged a police report on the matter at the Terengganu police headquarters.

Information Ministry denies role

Meanwhile, according to a Bernama report later in the day, the Information Ministry denied making any payment to journalists covering the by-election.

Information Minister’s press secretary Hisham Abdul Hamid said the ministry had never directed any of its officers to do such a thing.

“This has never been the practice of the Information Ministry,” he told Bernama.



1 Response to “Malaysiakini – Money Politics at KT backfiring….”

  1. January 17, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My call to all KT voters:

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