Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has hinted that Perikatan Nasional (PN) has been funding its campaign during the 15th General Election (GE15) with support from gaming companies.
Speaking at a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya yesterday (5 December), Anwar announced that his ministry will be slashing the 22 special draws to only 8 times a year.
“Today, I’ve instructed that the special draws be reverted back to the original number, which is eight times a year,” Anwar said.
He then took a swipe at the Islamic party PAS and Malay-based party Bersatu for their hypocrisy in increasing the number of special draws to 22 when Perikatan Nasional (PN) chief Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the prime minister, especially when gambling are prohibited and forbidden in Islam.
“Certainly, this special draw was partly used to finance the elections. We’re going to check on that.”
“Whether you call yourself a Malay party or Islamic party, the funds came from gaming companies,” he said.
Not a single sen from gaming companies
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin has denied Anwar’s claims that PN obtained its funds from gaming companies to fund its 15th general election campaign.
According to Malaysiakini, Muhyiddin said that he has not received a single sen of donations from gambling companies.
“Gambling is illegal here and there. Saying that we took gambling money to manage the election, are we that poor that we don’t have money?”
“I swear to God, we will not do such illegal things. We will not accept even a cent of donations from any gaming company just because we want money. That’s illegal,” he was quoted as saying.
RM50,000 for each candidate
On the other hand, PN secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin admitted to giving funds to its candidates contesting in the GE15 for campaigning purposes but denies that they were funded by gaming companies.
According to New Straits Times, Hamzah said PN only gave RM50,000 to each candidate contesting under the coalition’s banner.
“Anwar claimed that in PN’s campaign, millions of ringgit were sourced from ‘tauke judi’ (gambling chiefs)… MasyaAllah.”
“Yes, it is true we gave money. I am the PN secretary-general and there are many candidates in front of me…. we only gave RM50,000 to each candidate. If I had the money from the ‘kaki judi’ (gamblers), I think PN will not only win 73 seats, we would have also ‘sapu habis’ (clean sweep) BN’s 30 seats,” he said.