PKR polls: Use of loud­speaker sparks war of words

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KOTA SA­MA­RA­HAN (Sarawak): A war of words erupted be­tween op­pos­ing sides dur­ing the Sarawak PKR elec­tions yes­ter­day in the Kota Sa­ma­ra­han Divi­sion over the al­leged use of a loud­speaker by the side sup­port­ing Mohd Rafizi Ramli, one of the two can­di­dates for deputy pres­i­dent.

The ar­gu­ment led to the other side, sup­port­ing in­cum­bent deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali who is de­fend­ing the post, to make an of­fi­cial com­plaint to the Cen­tral Elec­tions Com­mit­tee on the mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to Datuk Man­sor Oth­man, the Pe­nang PKR chair­man who is a can­di­date for the Cen­tral Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

“I un­der­stand that a com­plaint (re­port) has been made for the Cen­tral Elec­tions Com­mit­tee to act. We no­ticed that the use of the loud­speaker had led to an ar­gu­ment be­tween the two sides.

“As far as I know, dur­ing my vis­its to sev­eral states dur­ing the elec­tions, the loud­speaker was not used. How­ever, I wish to stress that the sit­u­a­tion in Kota Sa­ma­ra­han is un­der con­trol. It is much bet­ter than dur­ing some of the un­to­ward in­ci­dents in the other states pre­vi­ously,” he said.

Man­sor, who is said to be with the side sup­port­ing Mo­hamed Azmin, spoke to re­porters af­ter tak­ing a closer look at the elec­tions of the Kota Sa­ma­ra­han Divi­sion at the Kota Sa­ma­ra­han In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tute hall here.

Ber­nama learned that Kota Sa­ma­ra­han PKR Divi­sion chief Jem­ree Sabli had in­formed the chief su­per­vi­sor of the polling cen­tre of the use of the loud­speaker this morn­ing.

A check showed that a loud­speaker was in use at one of the three tents of the side sup­port­ing Mohd Rafizi lo­cated out­side the perime­ter fence of the in­sti­tute since 8.30 am.

The loud­speaker was used for the play­ing of songs and to make spot an­nounce­ments ask­ing party mem­bers to vote for Mohd Rafizi. - Ber­nama

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