Don’t use official vehicles for campaign purposes

Aliran congratulates the Selangor state government for instructing its executive councillors to return government vehicles now that the Selangor State Assembly has been dissolved.


As they now serve a caretaker government pending the general election, the former Selangor state government councillors were also instructed to avoid actions such as making key policy decisions, awarding major development projects or signing significant contracts.

Similarly, the federal government and all other state governments – especially those under the Pakatan Rakyat who should know better – should take the cue and stop using all official vehicles for campaign-related activities. These vehicles should be strictly for official use.

Malaysians should monitor the use of official cars and other state-owned machinery during the campaign period. We invite you to photograph such abuse of public assets and email them to us at indicating the date, time, place and preferably the persons involved. We will upload these on the Aliran website at so that such politicians can be shamed.

Now that federal and state governments have been dissolved, we are equally concerned that remaining annual budget allocations and constituency development allocations for MPs, state assembly members and unelected BN coordinators will be used for vote-buying and other reckless spending in the run-up to polling day. This had been the case in Selangor in the run-up to the 2008 general election, which left very little development funds for the new administration.

Dr Francis Loh
President, Aliran
6 April 2013

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8 Apr 2013 3.16pm

Thanks for the very important function as watchdog.

7 Apr 2013 12.36pm

I hope the term “vehicles” covers aircrafts as well! Tell the PM and his followers and hangers-on not to use the TUDM and the official VIP plane under the guise of having an air exercise or training flights to fly to Sabah and Sarawak for their campaigns! And Government boats to ferry them up river to the long-houses and the interior for the same purpose under the cover of a flimsy “official function” excuse! Apart from the use of vehicles there is the abuse of government facilities like the use of RT centres and RISDA offices as storage facilities or operation centres! I’m sure if the ordinary Malaysians open their eyes they’ll also see other wholesale abuses by the BN of Government facilities and staff for their campaign.