EXPOSED: Post-election payouts in Penang

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Following tip-offs from the public, an Aliran special investigation team checked out a shoplot in Penang and came away astounded by what was happening in broad daylight.

Payout time! Janji ditepati
Payout time! Janji ditepati

Yesterday, Aliran members received tip-offs from the public about a payout to voters:

… it is payout time for voters in the Parliamentary constituency of Balik Pulau and the three state seats under it. Voters there are given RM200 each by don’t know who.

You may file a report on this menace as the exercise to pay voters is ongoing. I saw it yesterday, where long queues formed outside a shophouse in Sungai Dua, Penang. Opposite TESCO extra, behind Magnum 4D. This outlet which (allegedly) collects illegal 4d bets and also (acts) as an illegal gambling centre is paying out, and the exercise is continuing today, I was told.

successful-receipt-38
You help me, I help you?

Another member of the public sent us a tip-off with this message:

Attached promissory note given by agents of BN Bayan Lepas. In the event of BN victory in Bayan Lepas, RM160 will be paid to the holder (see voucher above).

This receipt shows “S38”, which presumably relates to the N38 Bayan Lepas state seat. As it turned out, N38 was won by Noordin Ahmad of the BN, who increased his majority from 399 votes in 2008 to 458 this time.

An Aliran special investigation team decided to follow through on these tip-offs. We found the shophouse at about 11.15am today with a long line of people waiting in the corridor. At the ground floor was a little outlet with a Celcom sign with a cloth banner hanging outside saying: “Give me 5”.

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queue-for-payout

The primary focus appeared to be the Balik Pulau parliamentary seat, which was won by Hilmi Yahaya. He polled 22318 votes, defeating the PKR candidate, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, by a 1539-vote majority.

This was a ‘winnable’ seat for the BN as in the 2008 general election, Yusmadi Yusoff of PKR had clinched the seat, squeezing through with a 708-vote majority. (Yusmadi was not selected this time around to defend the seat for PKR.)

We managed to get hold of two slips from people who had been standing in line. Both returned disappointed when they found out they were not eligible to claim their money as the BN candidates had failed to win in their respective areas.

No such luck, the BN guy didn't win here.
No such luck, the BN guy didn’t win here.

A woman and her daughter showed us their voucher inscribed with S35. S35 presumably relates to N35 Batu Uban, won by PKR’s Dr T Jayabalan. The two women were crest-fallen: “We were unable to claim the money as the BN candidate didn’t win.”

Too bad, the BN man didn't win.
Too bad, the BN man didn’t win.

Similarly the holder of S32 was unable to claim his “winnings”. S32 presumably relates to N32 Seri Delima, a seat won by Sanisvara Nethaji Rayer a/l Rajaji of the DAP. No win for the BN in that seat.

But those under N38 Bayan Lepas and N40 Teluk Bahang (both won by the BN) were able to receive the money, according to our conversations with a couple of successful claimants, which we recorded on audio.

Apparently, the payouts today were being made from 11.00am to 7.00pm, and this was the third day of payments. Look at this long line of people today:

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Incredibly, the organisers were brazenly conducting this payout just nine doors away from a police station in the next block. Unfortunately, the police were out on patrol. This was the sign at the front door of the station:

police-out-on-patrol

Payouts were also made yesterday until the evening. Those who came late were told to come again today as payments for the day had already been made.

Over in Pulau Betong, also under the Balik Pulau parliamentary seat, something similar was happening, according to new Bayan Baru MP Sim Sze Tzin of PKR. At a shack in a kampung next to a seafood eatery, some 200 people were queuing up in four lines of about 50 people each to collect amounts ranging from RM160 to RM200, similar to what was being paid out in the shoplot we checked.

The vouchers indicated these were for S38 (presumably N38 Bayan Lepas) and mostly for S39 (presumably N39 Pulau Betong), said Sim.

N38 Bayan Lepas was won by Noordin Ahmad of Umno-BN with an increased majority of 458 votes (previously 399). Farid Saad of Umno-BN won the N39 Pulau Betong seat with a majority of 395 votes, up from 294 in 2008.

Sim said that when he and and former Penang Speaker Abdul Halim Hussain turned up at Pulau Betong, the organisers of the payout fled from the scene. Abdul Halim had just lost in the N40 Teluk Bahang state seat to an Umno-BN candidate by 801 votes. N40 is the third seat in P53 Balik Pulau, along with N38 Bayan Lepas and N39 Pulau Betong.

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Bakhtiar, who lost in Balik Pulau, made a report at the Pulau Betong Police Station, and it was accepted, Sim added. But he was also told that the authority with the proper jurisdiction in this matter is the MACC.

Abdul Halim meanwhile is expected to lodge a report with the MACC.

If this sort of thing can happen in broad daylight in a developed state like Penang, just imagine what is going on in the rural and interior areas where there is little public scrutiny. The mind boggles.

Clean and fair elections? You tell us.

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Nor
Nor
18 Jun 2013 12.18am

Do you know that my cousin hometown Gelang patah Kampung Melayu ?Dap is (allegedly) trying to give “Ang Pow” and trying to enter the Malay kampung to the hardcore poor Malay .

Not many people know about this.

Farhan
Farhan
18 May 2013 4.57pm

Haha this is so funny, how can you believe with a voucher? Just like you guys accused Shahedan fake education information..Anyone can print and spread those cheap voucher. Even we are in rural area, don’t think all Balik Pulau’s folks are fool. Dead to Red Bean Army! I’m a voter from Balik Pulau and I denied all this stuff posted here.

Sharke Norman
17 May 2013 5.38pm

haiya! y u all so stupid one. this people are betting lar. haiyoo! y so kanchiong?

Aliran
Aliran
17 May 2013 6.15pm
Reply to  Sharke Norman

But when you bet, you have to pay some money. But no one said anything about having paid for the vouchers.

Nikmat
Nikmat
24 May 2013 2.28am
Reply to  Sharke Norman

Hey moron..Ada belajar ka..these are Muslims…can they bet in the first place?? Ur teacher or parents thought u that Islam allows betting is it?

ng kim yoke (@kimng000)
14 May 2013 6.05pm

ALIRAN:: DID U CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON HOLDING THE VOUCHER WAS INDEED REGISTERED AS A VOTER IN THAT CONSTITUENCY…

OTHERWISE THE FACTS DONT GEL…IF U WANT TO GIVE PKR MORE BULLETS U NEED TO B MORE PRECISE …
GOOD LUCK…

jclim
24 May 2013 8.03am

I was helping DAP to check the names of voters in the spr website. I have the knowledge that when those cheats were giving out those vouchers to the public in Jalan Dato Keramat, opposite the state prison, a police report was made by DAP members but I can’t remember exactly who made that report. I think the DAP candidate for that area may have the knowledge or may even be in possession of that police report. It was about a week before the polling day when incident happen.The police went and investigated, may have also taken a picture or two, after that the case was put in cold storage.

DakiKetiak
DakiKetiak
14 May 2013 1.48pm

Gomen gives the people many money. Everyone should b happy, but why are we not happy?

roberts
roberts
14 May 2013 12.56am

I am disgusted

thiamhuat
thiamhuat
13 May 2013 9.01pm

This is Malaysia where UMNO teach his people, “Ini haram, itu haram” tapi i Rasuah tak haram …. Ini lah Malaysia Boleh!

Ammy Mina
13 May 2013 8.39pm

The authorities sudah di kau tim lah… hehehehee…

ronnie tan
ronnie tan
13 May 2013 8.26pm

i wonder where did the money come from?

Bobby Chuah
13 May 2013 6.40pm

I do a copy of the voucher for N33 Ayer Itam and BN win I will get RM200.00.

Aliran
Aliran
13 May 2013 10.05pm
Reply to  Bobby Chuah

Please email a scanned copy to aliran.malaysia at yahoo.com

tci
tci
13 May 2013 11.36am

Trust me the authorities will not do anything…

Sebastian Toh
Sebastian Toh
13 May 2013 7.53am

All i want to know is what are the freaking authorities doing???

Barmanok
Barmanok
13 May 2013 7.15am

On the hindsight, this could probably be a pull off by Pakatan in colloboration with Aliran. Anything is possible in Malaysian politics..

Aliran
Aliran
13 May 2013 8.48am
Reply to  Barmanok

You’ve got to be kidding.

the dude
13 May 2013 3.38pm
Reply to  Barmanok

what? amidst of all these, that could happen? wow. look bro. yes anything can happens in Malaysian politics but that is way off the logic for Pakatan you know.

siew en
siew en
15 May 2013 7.52am
Reply to  Barmanok

firstly, pakatan doesn’t have the moolah for this. didn’t even have enough for ge13 and had to keep raising funds from the people. poorer still in sabah and sarawak. ditto aliran. and between bn, pakatan and aliran, whose integrity has withstood scrutiny? definitely not the one embroiled with financial and political scandals from bmf and cowgate to pkfz.

Spiral Architect
Spiral Architect
15 May 2013 11.40am
Reply to  Barmanok

Bro, you might be ot of your mind. This is ridiculously mind-boggling. Where did you ever get this idea ? Hey, if the “Ah Longs” who were making the payouts scrambled to safety when Aliran showed up, then it’s simple logic that they were guilty of the crime. Guess you have been blasted with too much of “Cowism + Mahathirism + Bulls…ism”. Hidup Malaysia, Mati Demokrasi.

Concerned Penangite
Concerned Penangite
13 May 2013 12.32am

Form a team that consist of Independent Observer, Police, MACC officers, Legal team (as undercover) and pretending to be the host to give out the cash when these useless money-minded rakyat come to redeem their dirty money. Ask them couple of questions to probe the validity of the topic and round them up as witnesses and charge them and the mastermind behind if electoral fraud is indeed happening. Best, have a media team to record the entire session.

Can somebody evaluate if this is do-able to catch the culprit?

tunglang
13 May 2013 8.35am

This broad daylight crime against democracy is acceptable to both the givers & takers?
Then why have anymore GE?
We are taken for a ride, Nak Cheat. Not the other way around.
A gomen who cheats is not tenable, neither acceptable whether there is cheating thro’ proxies (run by gangsters) or back doors as in this case too many.

All these are the evil legacy of Kutty of Helang Island, a disease which have to be nipped in the bud.
Remember this: We the rakyat are the boss, not you Nak Cheat.

chaanpardesiGurcharan Singh
13 May 2013 12.21am

kalau mati pun Malaysia ada bribe!! very funny

Spiral Architect
Spiral Architect
15 May 2013 11.31am

Bro, this has been going on since the days of Mahathirism. It can only be stopped if the rural folks are enlightened with the real issues in Malaysia. With RTM1,2 and TV3 actively feeding these folks with “polluted” news and information, there is no way any opposition is gonna take away BN’s stranglehold on the government. Hidup Malaysia, Mati Demokrasi.

Lance
Lance
12 May 2013 11.03pm

So that’s why both the parliamentary seat and state seat me and my neighbors all pitched in voted for lost?!?!!

Lance
Lance
12 May 2013 11.02pm

So that’s both the parliamentary and state seat lost?!?!!