KUALA LUMPUR, April 25: Lim Kit Siang has challenged Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate prime minister Najib Razak for two election bribery offences in the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign.
"Najib is doing what no other previous five Prime Ministers had done – promising to issue a RM3 million approval for the Rasa Chinese primary school and building 200 low-cost houses for the Kg Hassan predominantly-Chinese voters – both on the condition that BN wins the Hulu Selangor by-election today.
"Has election of an elected representative, whether MP or State Assembly person, been reduced to buy-and-sell by BN leaders like in the marketplace under Najib as Prime Minister with the Election Offences Act to prevent electoral abuses and offences becoming a dead letter?" Lim asked in a statement today.
In the first incident, Najib had announced the government's approval of RM3 million for rebuilding Rasa Chinese Primary School if BN won.
“If we win this by-election, you can come to Kuala Lumpur the next day to look for me. I will write a personal letter to approve the money and it will be transferred to the school board’s account. If we lose, don’t have to come," he was reported to have said in Rasa.
Najib has also promised Chinese-majority voters in Kampong Hasan in the area that the government would build 200 low-cost housing for them if the BN candidate wins the by-election.
"What has the MACC Chief Commissioner got to say?" asked Lim
The Hulu Selangor by-election ended today with BN's P Kamalanathan winning by a majority of 1,725 votes, bigger than the majority of 198 in 2008 general election when PKR wrested the seat from BN.
Saying MACC was reeling from the Teoh Beng Hock saga and the acquittal of two Perak state representatives after leaving PKR, Lim expressed shock and sadness over Najib's remarks.
"But has the BN government really realized its mistakes and would make amends?
"Then Najib should not have used the alleged RM3 million approval for Rasa Chinese Primary School as bait for votes in the Hulu Selangor by-election but to come straight-out to announce the RM3 million allocation without strings attached – as education should not become an election or by-election plaything," he added.
Lim also said that by spelling out clearly that the government would not allocate any money to the construction of a Chinese school if BN lost, Najib had "done something which none of the previous five Prime Ministers had ever done."