[Malaysiakini] DAP alleges vote-buying in Tenang Station
~ Kuek Ser Kuang and Kow Gah Chie
DAP has alleged there was vote-buying at SJK(C) Ai Chun in the Tenang Station district.According to Teo Chin Liang (right, sitting) - the father of DAP's Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching - he and another DAP polling agent, Liew Choan Chee (right, standing), went into the school's hall when they found its gate wide open, which they said was unusual during weekend.
Upon his arrival, Teo said he saw some Chinese men sitting at a counter. He was then approached by three people, who asked him why he was there.
Tei replied he was there just to see what was happening. Suspecting something fishy, he then called Liew who was in the car and the latter proceeded to take photographs of the three persons.
Upon being photographed, the three who had approached Teo got angry.
Teo said one of them, in a white shirt, chased Liew to his car and demanded that he surrender the camera, threatening to use violence if he refused. Liew, however, warned the three that PAS supporters would be arriving within minutes. The three got scared and fled immediately. After they left, there were still people coming to the school hall.
When approached by Teo, some said they were asked to come by someone called 'Ah Teck' to vote here, although the school was not a polling station.
Left behind was a RM3,000 torn cheque signed with the name of village head-cum-MCA branch chairperson of Kampung Sawah Padi, Kok Yun Keong.
The cheque, dated Jan 27, has the words "MCA cawangan Tenang" printed on it, but there is no recipient.
On the counter, there were also some campaign bulletins published by MCA.
Teo said they recognised two of the three men as local residents of Kampung Sawah Padi, a Chinese new village.
“This show that the vote-buying mechanism is well planned.
“I never believed there was vote-buying, but now I've seen it with my own eyes."
Johor DAP youth chief Tan Hong Pin and DAP Johor secretary Tan Chen Choon later came to the school hall to check the situation.
"We call on the Election Commission to investigate this case. We have evidence. But it is very hard to catch (actual) vote-buying."
"The opponent should not resort to such dirty tactics to win this election," said Chen Choon.
He said the party leadership will discuss the matter before taking the next step, which may include lodging a report with the EC and police.
When contacted, Kampung Sawah Padi MCA branch chief Kok Yun Keong denied the allegation that he had signed the RM3,000 cheque that was found torn.
"I am just a rubber tapper. I work at the Voules estate, with a monthly income as low as RM700 to RM800. I own no land. I only live in a low-cost house.
"I don't even have a chequebook , how am I going to issue cheques?" he added.
Kok, who is also Kampung Sawah Padi village development and security committees (JKKK) chairperson, said he welcomes anyone to confront him over the matter.
"Yes, I am ready to face them, if they want to compare my signature with (that on) the cheque. "
When asked if he might have acted as the middleman or if the party might involve , he just denied.
"You can go to the new villages and Indian estates - the people (there) know about me," he claimed.
"I don't know why this happened to me. Maybe at this time a lot of things can happen," said Kok.