Disqualification as MP for the Cameron Highlands: Consequences for MIC vice-president C. Sivarraajh; and for the Pahang Menteri Besar…

9 January 2019

PAHANG Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail was investigated for corruption in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat during the 14th general election.

According to a source, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission recorded the Jelai assemblyman’s statement over allegations that he paid voters during the run-up to the May 9 elections.

All those who can assist the investigation will be called,” said the source.

“So far, Wan Rosdy and C. Sivarraajh have had their statements taken and other individuals who can assist will be called soon.”

15 December 2018

GEORGE TOWN: Jelutong MP RSN Rayer has questioned the point of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) reaction to the speaker’s order earlier this month for MIC vice-president C Sivarraajh to leave the Dewan Rakyat following a court decision nullifying his election win in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat.

Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had asked Sivarraajh to leave after Rayer questioned if the latter had a stay order on the court decision.

This sparked a walkout by BN MPs the next day, who said Ariff’s decision was wrong and that Sivarraajh should be allowed to enter the hall.

Accusing the MPs of making “a big hue and cry” over the issue, Rayer said he was baffled by the move.

He noted that Sivarraajh, after being reinstated to the house on Dec 10, had said he would not appeal the case as he would rather BN fight for the people in a by-election.

“If Sivarraajh had no intention of filing an appeal from the outset, then why did he tell the Dewan Rakyat speaker that he intended to appeal against the decision of the Election Court?

“If there were no plans to appeal, why stage a walkout and demand that I apologise, and later accuse the speaker of denying Sivarraajh the right to attend Parliament for two days?

“Why all the sandiwara?” he said in a statement to FMT.

MIC president SA Vigneswaran had said the party will not appeal against the Election Court decision, paving the way for a by-election in Cameron Highlands.

Sivarraajh meanwhile said he would respect the decision by his party elders although he added that he did not agree with the court decision which he called unfair.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/15/why-the-theatrics-dap-man-asks-sivarraajh-over-parliament-episode/

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7 December 2018

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s M Manogaran is considering filing a cross-appeal to move the Federal Court to direct the Election Commission (EC) to disqualify Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail as Jelai assemblyman for bribing voters.

This follows the Election Court’s decision last week to nullify MIC’s election victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat.

The court ruled that Manogaran, who sought to declare the election of MIC vice-president C Sivarraajh as invalid, had proven beyond reasonable doubt that money was given to voters during the campaign period.

The court also heard that Wan Rosdy was involved in handing out cash to Orang Asli voters.

Manogaran said he had held discussions with his legal team on their next move pending an appeal by Sivarraajh to the apex court.

“We are very likely to file a cross-appeal should Sivarraajh appeal to set aside the findings of the election judge,” he told FMT.

Sivarraajh has until Dec 14 to file his appeal, failing which the EC will conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy.

If Sivarraajh lodges an appeal, Manogaran added, he would have 10 days to file a cross-appeal.

The deputy chairman of Pahang DAP said he wanted the apex court to act against Wan Rosdy as the Election Court had found beyond reasonable doubt that the menteri besar and Sivarraajh were involved in bribing Orang Asli voters in Jelai.

“We want the apex court to give Wan Rosdy the right to be heard and give his side of the story,” he said.

Earlier this week, FMT reported that Wan Rosdy risked losing his state seat if Sivarraajh failed in his appeal to the Federal Court.

Lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said Section 37 (3) of the Election Offences Act 1954 states that any person who has been proven guilty of any corrupt practice will be reported to the EC.

The provision states that the person will be subject to the same incapacities as the candidate who committed the act of bribery.

Rafique said both Sivarraajh and Wan Rosdy could also be barred from contesting in any election over the next five years if the apex court dismissed the former’s appeal.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/07/manogaran-mulls-cross-appeal-to-disqualify-pahang-mb-as-jelai-rep/

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Court finds vote-buying in Cameron Highlands, nullifies election of MIC man

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On May 9, Sivarraajh won with a relatively slim majority of 597 votes with his 10,307 vote-haul in a five-cornered race, with Manogaran then being the candidate with the second highest vote-haul at 9,710 votes.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1698766/court-finds-vote-buying-in-cameron-highlands-orders-fresh-election

The Cameron Highlands: Court nullifies BN’s GE14 victory due to vote buying…

5 December 2018

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PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has warned that Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail risks disqualification as an assemblyman should C Sivarraajh fail in his appeal to the Federal Court to overturn the Election Court’s ruling to declare the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat as vacant.

Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said Section 37 (3) of the Election Offences Act 1954 states that any person who has been proven guilty of any corrupt practice would be reported to the Election Commission (EC).

“The provision states that that person shall be subject to the same incapacities as the candidate who committed the act of bribery,” he told FMT.

Rafique said both Sivarraajh and Wan Rosdy could also be barred from contesting in any election over the next five years if the apex court dismissed the former’s appeal.

Last week, the Election Court held that petitioner M Manogaran of DAP had proven bribery beyond reasonable doubt as money was given to voters either directly by Sivarraajh or indirectly through Wan Rosdy and Achom Lugi, a former civil servant and Orang Asli Barisan Nasional (BN) supporter.

Rafique said a by-election could be ordered to fill the vacancy for the Cameron Highlands seat if Sivarraajh decided against appealing or Manogaran did not cross-appeal.

“In that case, Wan Rosdy will be spared the risk of losing his Jelai state seat and the post of menteri besar,” he said.

Sivarraajh has until Dec 14 to make a decision.

On June 5, Manogaran, who named Sivarraajh as the only respondent, filed the petition to nullify the results on grounds of massive vote buying.

The parliamentary constituency comprises the state seats of Tanah Rata and Jelai which were won by DAP and BN candidates respectively.

Manogaran said Sivarraajh relied on Wan Rosdy to meet voters, especially the Orang Asli who made up about 20% of the voters in Jelai.

He claimed that at several settlements, which also doubled up as voting centres, the Orang Asli voters were bribed to cast their ballots in favour of Sivarraajh.

In the hotly contested election, Sivarraajh won by a 597-vote majority in a five-cornered battle.

Sivarraajh polled 10,307 votes, Manogaran 9,710 votes, Wan Mahadhir Wan Mahmud of PAS 3,587 votes, Mohd Tahir Kassim of Berjasa 81 votes and Suresh Kumar of Parti Sosialis Malalysia 680 votes.

Wan Rosdy, who is a four-term Jelai assemblyman, was appointed menteri besar of Pahang, replacing Adnan Yaakob.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/04/lawyer-pahang-mb-risks-losing-seat-over-cameron-highlands-election-appeal/

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2 December 2018

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FRESH from his disqualification as Cameron Highlands MP, MIC vice-president C. Sivarraajh is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for alleged graft.

MACC opened investigations after the election court found Sivarraajh guilty of bribing Orang Asli voters to secure their support in the 14th general election.

Justice Azizah Nawawi, declaring the parliamentary seat vacant, said a “pattern of giving money to voters during the period before the election” and corrupt practices have been proven.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operation) Azam Baki confirmed that the anti-graft agency has commenced investigations, but declined to elaborate.

“We have opened up investigations into those involved. Not just one individual.

“We will call up all those involved.”

In his election petition, DAP’s Cameron Highlands candidate, M. Manogaran, said Sivarraajh had campaigned with Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, and had given bribes of between RM30 and RM1,000 to Orang Asli via their village headmen, or batin, to ensure they voted for the BN candidate in the five-cornered contest for the seat.

Manogaran said the bribes were paid when Sivarraajh met the community on April 28, and May 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9, which was polling day itself.

In his petition, filed on June 4, Manogaran named Sivarraajh as the sole respondent.

During trial, Sivarraajh denied he had given money to Orang Asli headmen in exchange for votes.
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1 Response to Disqualification as MP for the Cameron Highlands: Consequences for MIC vice-president C. Sivarraajh; and for the Pahang Menteri Besar…

  1. Doris Looi says:

    Talk politics no solution OK Until cows come home

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