EC: Law does not forbid treating by parties

Andrew Ong (Malaysiakini)
Political parties are not committing an offence by holding dinners as part of their activities in Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign, according to the Election Commission (EC).
Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the provisions of the Election Offences Act 1954 refers to only the conduct of a candidate standing for election and to the candidate’s agent.
“It is not fair to blame the candidate for something that is sometimes beyond his influence or control,” said Wan Ahmad told a press conference at the Kuala Terengganu municipal council today.
He was replying to a question as to whether the multi-course 80-table dinner hosted by Gerakan for the Chinese community at the Chung Hwa Wei Sin school here could constitute an election offence.