KUALA LUMPUR: PKR's M. Manogaran has filed an election petition against Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk C. Sivarraajh to challenge the result for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election on grounds of bribery.
Manogaran filed the petition on Monday to nullify the May 9 results where MIC candidate Sivarraajh won with 10,307 votes while Manogaran garnered 9,710 votes.
Manogaran, as the petitioner, said Orang Asli people, who live in nine posts and several villages in Cameron Highlands, made up about 20% of the voters in the constituency.
He said the Orang Asli voters were easily influenced and were under the domination of the respondent as a BN candidate.
In his petition, Manogaran claimed Sivarraajh and Jelai assemblyman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Was Ismail bribed and threatened orang asli voters.
He alleged Sivarraajh and Wan Rosdy met with local Orang Asli leaders known as "tok batin" and offered bribes ranging from RM30 to RM1,000.
It is also claimed that on April 30, a few "batin" were gathered at SK Sinderut and reminded them that facilities like schools and hospitals were provided by Jakoa (Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli) and so they must vote for BN.
Manogaran also claimed that Sivarraajh then offered them RM200 as "duit rokok".
He also seeks for a court order or other relief deemed necessary with cost.