Barely four days after the nomination day – Barisan Nasional had thrown a staggering total of at least RM1.3 million to buy Chinese and Indian votes in Permatang Pauh alone.
This clearly raised the questions as to whether this flouted election laws which clearly stipulate that an election candidate is prohibited from handing out goodies as it could be deemed as a vote-buying attempt.
- RM200,000 – During a function held at a Chinese school in Kampung Sungai Lembu this afternoon, Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong announced an allocation of RM200,000 for the school.
- RM1 million – The above allocation came on top of another RM1 million allocation to five Chinese schools in the constituency announced during his visit last week.
- RM100,000 – Apart from the Chinese schools, Wee also announced another sum of RM50,000 each for two Tamil schools in Butterworth which do not fall under the Permatang Pauh constituency.
An additional RM1,000 by Peh Moh. To show his generousity ‘Peh Moh’ Ariff gave out RM1,000 to Teh Soo Chair, 44, whose wife and daughter went missing after they fell into a flooded monsoon drain in Tanah Liat.
Looking at the figure – kinda curious why shouldn’t the Indians and Chinese schools get the same amount of allocation? BN often treated the communities differently – take for example Najib’s offer scrap metal collector’s license to them?