KUCHING: PRS has admitted to being worried about money politics in at least one of the six parliamentary constituencies it is contesting in.
Still, the state Barisan Nasional component party is confident of retaining all the seats albeit with a slim majority.
Its president Tan Sri Dr James Masing claimed that money politics was going on in Lubok Antu which, if not monitored, could swing voters away from Barisan.
Although he declined to point the finger at any specific party, he claimed to know the culprits.
“We have alerted the relevant authorities and told them to monitor the constituency closely.”
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Election Commission (EC) must not allow such a practice to rear its ugly head again,” he said.
To explain what he meant, he spoke of one incident in the 2008 elections when some people were caught carrying over RM100,000 in Sungai Asap.
However, no action was taken by the authorities even though the money was surrendered to the police in Belaga.
“I hope that this time they (MACC and EC) would take the matter more seriously,” said Masing, adding that even SUPP in Miri had concerns over money politics.
PRS is contending with SWP’s Wilfred Landong in Sri Aman, and Ellison Ludan in Kanowit.
In four other seats, the party is facing SWP heavyweights and experienced candidates.- thestar online