PETALING JAYA: Sept 20, 2008 By YUEN MEIKENG
PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa challenged Barisan Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing to report to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) if he believed Pakatan Rakyat offered bribes to Barisan Nasional MPs to jump ship.
“We invite Tiong to lodge a report. Let’s see what the investigation shows,” Sivarasa said.
He also welcomed any Barisan MP alleging that Pakatan was giving out bribes to report to the ACA as the party would also like to find out who was offering the money.
“Pakatan has a firm principle and there is no way we will offer any MP money to cross over,” he said, calling Tiong’s statement “not true.”
In response to Tiong’s allegation that the Barian MPs were also offered Cabinet positions, Sivarasa said negotiating posts was a normal procedure in any political framework.
“Even when we negotiated to join each other (to form Pakatan), we also discussed who would head certain positions in the party.
“There is nothing wrong or immoral about it,” he told reporters at a press conference here on Saturday.