IPOH: The Cameron Highlands by-election campaign has yet to kick off, but the Perak Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has already received a report that an offence has allegedly been committed under the Election Offences Act.
Its director, Datuk Zainul Darus, said that the report has been submitted to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya for further action.
“(The violation), which was the hosting of a feast, falls under the Election Offences Act. We will see whether there was any element of corruption involved. But this doesn’t mean it is wrong to host a feast (per se).
“We will let the deputy public prosecutor decide on this matter,” he said at a press conference during the launch of the operations room for the Cameron Highlands by-election at the state MACC headquarters in Meru here, today.
Zainul said the 24-hour operations centre will be overseen by the state MACC, as it is located closer to the Highlands.
“Two (more) operations rooms will be opened tomorrow – one in Ipoh and another in Cameron Highlands,” he said, adding that Perak MACC will cooperate with its counterpart in Pahang on monitoring the centres.
Zainul said several agencies, such as the police, the Election Commission and the Attorney-General’s Chamber, will collaborate on overseeing the operations rooms.
“We will also station our mobile officers at the centres. They will monitor all activities there, including talks. As such, I urge the people of Cameron Highlands or those who are involved in the by-election to cooperate with us and to tip us off to any offences,” he added.
Those who wish to lodge a report can channel their information to the Ipoh or Cameron Highland operations centre.
Their contact information follows:
Ipoh – SPRM Perak, Plot 7, Persiaran Utara Bandar Meru Raya, Ipoh; or call 05-526 7000 (ext 163); or send an email to email@example.com.
Cameron Highlands – CH Merlin Inn, No 9, Jalan Tanah Perdah, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands; or call 019-600 2041.