BN candidate Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh today denied he had anything to do with the claims of two reporters who were given money at the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election media centre yesterday.
According to Bernama, Wan Ahmad said “people would do anything to tarnish my name” during the by-election.
“I don’t have any money to offer to anybody ... you know people can do anything especially in this by-election.
“It is not from Barisan Nasional, that is for sure. That is not my money,” he told reporters after casting his vote at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Bukit Besar polling centre this morning.
Wan Ahmad stressed that he wanted to win the by-election in a fair manner and not through unlawful means.
He explained this in response to two journalists from Chinese-language online news Merdeka Review who lodged a police report on the matter at the Terengganu police headquarters.
RM300 distributed, Info Ministry denied role
Earlier, it was revealed that RM300 cash was distributed to more than a dozen journalists at the state information department’s media centre in Kuala Terengganu.
Journalists were asked to list their names, the organisation they work for and telephone numbers on a blank piece of paper by a media centre staff before being given a white envelope containing six RM50 notes.
Four Malaysiakini journalists wrote their details on the paper without knowing about the ‘gift’.
The four later returned the envelopes with a total of RM1,200 to the media centre staff. Several other journalists also did the same.
The media centre staff could not answer when quizzed about the source of the money.
Later in the day, the Information Ministry also denied making any payment to journalists covering the by-election.
Information minister's press secretary Hisham Abdul Hamid said the ministry had never directed any of its officers to do such a thing.
“This has never been the practice of the ministry,” he told Bernama.
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