GEORGE TOWN, July 9 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) investigation has found no elements of corruption in the reports on money politics lodged after the 13th general election in Penang, State MACC director Datuk Samarajoo Manikam said.
"We have called and recorded the statements from the witnesses...they also don't know who gave them (the vouchers). So, if they cannot prove any offence under the (MACC) Act, it will be difficult."
He told this to reporters after attending a briefing and dialogue with head of government departments and political parties here today.
He said this in response to the seven reports concerning money politics lodged by seven opposition candidates who lost in the May 5 polls.
Five PKR candidates, namely Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain (Teluk Bahang), Mohd Tuah Ismail (Pulau Betong), Norhayati Jaafar (Teluk Air Tawar), Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman (Pinang Tunggal) and Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik (Balik Pulau), together with two PAS candidates Asnah Hashim (Bayan Lepas) and Rosidi Hussain (Penaga), lodged the reports at Penang MACC office on May 14.
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Prior to this, a group of civilians were reported to have cashed the voucher they were given before the polling day in Sungai Dua, Pulau Betong and Tanjung Bungah.
They were said to be eligible to cash the vouchers should certain candidates win the election in the constituencies.
Samarajoo said the investigation results had been referred to the Attorney-General and the investigation had stopped since.
Meanwhile, he said between January and July 8 this year, Penang MACC had received 239 corruption-related information, 120 of which were being investigated under MACC Act, while the remaining were referred to other agencies.
During the period, 16 arrests, involving nine civil servants and seven members of the public, as well as 11 charges, were made.
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