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Report lodged over rejection of nomination papers

PENANG, 25 May 2009: Mohd Saberi Othman has filed a police report over the rejection of his nomination papers for the by-election for the Penanti state seat by the Election Commission (EC) on 23 May.

State Deputy Police Chief, Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said Mohd Saberi made the police report at the Kubang Semang Police Station yesterday as he was dissatisfied that his nomination papers to stand as an independent candidate was rejected by the EC.

“The case is being referred to the EC for further action. So far, the police have received two reports concerning the by-election and we hope the election process will go smoothly,” he said.

The other report was lodged by independent candidate, Aminah Abdullah, concerning a bribe which was allegedly offered to her by the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“Aminah had lodged a police report that she was offered a reward as compensation to withdraw her candidacy in the by-election at the Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Headquarters at 11.34 am today.

“We give an assurance to all candidates contesting in the by-election, including Aminah who fears for her safety after making the police report on the offer, that their safety will be safeguarded,” he said at a press conference, here today.

Tun Hisan said Aminah’s allegation had also been forwarded to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for further investigation. — Bernama

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