Posted: 24 Jul 2013 02:13 AM PDT
Voters have been sighted queuing up for money outside the houses of at least two village chiefs in Kuala Besut today, supposedly for their travel allowance.
They were spotted at the Kampung Lay Out village chief's residence in the Tok Saboh polling district and at the residence of the chief of another village nearby.
Malaysiakini is withholding the name of the second village pending a formal response from someone in authority.
According to several voters met byMalaysiakini near the SK Kampung Nangka polling centre and outside of the village chief's house – most of whom refused to be named – the money is for voters from outstation returning to vote.
The sum ranges from RM50 for those returning from Kota Baru to RM200 for those returning from Kuala Lumpur.
However, when asked to confirm this, a man identifying himself as Kampung Lay Out village chief 'Rajees' replied, "I am the millionaire here. I can give my money to anyone I like."
Asked why the disbursement coincided with the polling day for the Kuala Besut by-election, Rajees said the money was for duit raya.
He said the forms being submitted by voters to claim the allowance was for auditing purposes.
Rajees refused to give his full name, nor allow pictures to be taken at his house, where BN and Umno flags decorated the gate and about 50 people were queuing to claim their money.
Meanwhile, a local resident met near Rajees' house, who would only identify himself as 'Rizal', said the money was to meet the travel costs of the voters and that this had also been provided during the May general election.
The scene was also similar at the home of the other village chief about noon, where Malaysiakini sighted a clerk handing out RM200 to a voter while others queued for their turn.
However, soon afterwards, a villager told Malaysiakini to leave the scene.
Malaysiakini has not been able to obtain a concrete response from the cash recipients as to whether only supporters of a certain political party were eligible for the money.
According to one of those in the queue at Rajees’ house, a youth from Kuala Lumpur who wished to be identified only as Hilmi, he was contacted by phone before polling day and his name was added to a list.
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 09:25 PM PDT
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today ordered the Attorney-General’s Chambers to pay RM1,000 as costs to Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team.
Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad found the chambers to be delaying the hearing of a defamation suit filed by the opposition leader against former home minister Syed Hamid Albar.
Today was fixed for the hearing of the suit.
Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair said this to reporters after discussing the matter with Justice Nik Hasmat and senior federal counsel Tengku Intan Suraya in the judge’s chambers.
“The court agreed to award RM1,000 in costs to Anwar’s legal team following the delay,” Sankara said.
Anwar was present in court as early as 9am to testify.
Anwar then went to a sessions court in the same jalan Duta court complex to observe the proceedings against Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, Seremban MP Anthony Loke and student activist Adam Adli.
The trio were charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act in relation to the Black 505 rally held at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur last month.
Anwar had filed his defamation suit in 2008 against Syed Hamid for branding him as a “United States snitch”.
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