KUALA LUMPUR – All prospective Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the 15th General Election (GE15) will have to undergo vetting, including by religious department, before they can be allowed to contest, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the vetting by the religious authority, the first time to be carried out for elections in the country, is aimed at ensuring that the prospective candidates are not among those involved in Syariah cases, including matrimonial issues.
“We will do the vetting with the police, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), the Insolvency Department, and maybe this time around with the religious department.
“Maybe we have to check with the Kadi’s Office too to know if any of the candidates got married in Siam (Thailand), or did not pay child support or has a pending judgment at a syariah court.
“We never checked all of these before, but this time around, we will go into details,” he told a press conference after attending a special briefing on GE15 and the northeast monsoon at Bukit Aman here today. – Bernama