Is Umno serious about fighting money politics in the party? Mainstream media were abuzz reporting news of three Umno members, including a division vice-chief in Perak, were charged in the Sessions Court with offering bribes during the party’s divisional elections last year.
they are Beruas Umno vice-chief Azman Noh, Kampung Panchor branch chief in Malacca Johari Ibrahim and Raub Umno member Junaidi Abdul Hamid.
The three who were charged in Ipoh, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur respectively however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If convicted, they face a jail term between 14 days and 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe offered or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Azman was charged with giving RM300 to one Davad @ Daud Parman as an inducement to vote for him (Azman) for the post of division vice-chief, for Abdul Manaf Hashim for the post of division chief and Azhar Ahmad (deputy chief).
Azman, 42, represented by Khairil Azwa, allegedly committed the offence at midnight on Oct 11 at Kampung Sungai Ramai, Air Tawar.
In the election held on the follow day, Azman, the division’s former treasurer, won the contest. Manaf and Azhar were also winners.
Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh fixed bail at RM6,000 in one surety and trial on June 1. Deputy public prosecutor How May Ling prosecuted for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
In Malacca, Johari, 46, pleaded not guilty to giving a RM200 bribe to Nadiah Roslan as an inducement to vote for Datuk Abdul Kadir Daud for the post of division chief during the Alor Gajah Umno divisional polls on Nov 1.
Johari, also a contractor, is alleged to have committed the offence at noon at the compound of the Industrial Training Institute hall in Selandar, which was the venue for the division meeting.
All the accused posted bail.