Malaysian Indian worth is RM 20.00 – Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)

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Thousands of Indian residents of Kapar, Selangor have reportedly been receiving cash handouts from MIC over several weekends last month in an alleged attempt to canvass support for the BN in the coming general election. However, MIC Kapar division that was behind the exercise, has strongly denied that it was a vote-buying exercise, insisting the money was for MIC branch members only.

The RM20 handouts were “allowance” for local MIC members, not meant for the public, he said.

Explaining that as the exercise had been held in a public space, it was unavoidable that some members of the public who also happened to be there may have gotten hold of “a few the envelopes”. “We can’t just say ‘don’t take it’,” he said, adding that such events were being carried out throughout Malaysia.

Thousands received the cash. The exercise reportedly began around the May 13 weekend, according to a resident from Taman Sentosa in Kapar town, who requested anonymity. The technician in his early twenties claimed that MIC representatives from the constituency including Ganesan were holding events around town to distribute cash to the majority Indian population there.

He said that recipients were initially asked to vote for BN if they wanted the cash, but they soon dropped such direct references. His family members as well as his neighbours had all received the RM20, adding that none are MIC members.

On the May 13 weekend, roughly 500 residents per day showed up to collect the cash, said the technician. The exercise was said to have continued over the next several weekends at different locations around the town.

Paid ‘vote checking’ exercise

The organisers on site claimed that it was an exercise to ‘check the eligibility’ of residents’ voter status. Held at an open field near Jalan Kapar, the organisers erected tents and set up a counter to administer the handouts.

The event was split into morning and evening sessions, with the latter pulling over a thousand people. Envelopes with RM20 notes were handed out to people “pre-registered” for the event with a photocopy of their MyKad, as their names were read off a list.

However, when the attendees exceeded the 400 registered recipients limit, the others were turned away.

When asked, Ganesan said the funds came from the party and the Prime Minister’s Department. Questioned on the timing of the event, he denied it was meant to drum up support for MIC or the BN ahead of the coming general election.

“These are very traditional events. We’re sure all parties are doing the same,” he said, explaining that sometimes NGOs would approach them to organise such events.

The biggest parliamentary seat in Selangor, Kapar is a Malay-majority seat but has a sizeable Indian population, comprising about 15 percent of the electorate in the area.  – malaysiansmustknowthetruth