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Monday, April 30, 2018

Sabah party's RM870k deposit disappears, 84 candidates unable to contest

KOTA KINABALU - A local opposition party USNO Baru has lost RM870,000 cash meant to as the deposits for its candidates in the 14th General Election.

The party’s 38-year-old financial advisor, who had been entrusted with the cash, reportedly failed to show up at the Election Commission’s office here to make the payment on Friday, one day before nomination day.

The source said EC officials had given the party an extended deadline until Friday midnight but the man remained uncontactable.

As a result, the party, which had planned to contest in all 60 state seats and 26 parliamentary seats, were left with only two candidates - for the Balung and Merotai state seats - as the candidates had used their own money to pay the deposit.

A source said the money was handed over to the advisor on Friday morning. He subsequently could not be reached by party members.

On nomination day (Saturday), the party president and supreme council member went to the man’s house in Kota Belud but could not find him.

The party has since lodged a police report.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din confirmed the incident and said that the investigation is ongoing and police are attempting to locate the advisor.

The case is being investigated under Section 408 of Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.

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