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BN’s Joseph Mauh has been caught red-handed on a double election cheat. He not only promised a poor Headman RM 10,000 to gain his vote, but then the cheque bounced!
In this way Mauh cheated his constituents twice. Firstly he cheated them of their right to a free vote by bribing the Headman, which is an exceedingly serious crime. Secondly, he didn’t even carry out his promised payment to a poor community.........
Joseph Muah, if found guilty faces the most serious criminal charge of election fraud. This is the testimony of the Headman against him:
“My name is Kuching ak Moyan and i am one of the headmen in Tamin constituency. In the just concluded State election, i was given three cheques, one for RM2,000, another for RM3,000 and the third for RM5,000 by the Barisan Nasional candidate, Joseph Mauh. I have cashed out the first two cheques, both for a total RM5,000 but the last one, for RM5,000, was bounced. So i sent it back to him and he promised that he will bank in the amount instead into my account. Up till today, i have not received the RM5,000. The three cheques were given to me on the 13th of April so that we will give our support to the Barisan Nasional. In the year 2006 State election, each voter here was given only RM20 but in this election, the amount was increased to RM50 per voter. There are 15 voters in this longhouse and all of them were given RM50 each. I think all of us have voted for Barisan Nasional. Ofcourse I know that the money the Barisan Nasional give to us would amount to nothing if the government grabbed our land. But what to do, we still have to vote for the government as the government has given us the money. Yes, i know we can just accept the Barisan Nasional money and vote for the opposition but since everybody else voted for Barisan Nasional this time, i decided to follow suit.”