Can Rafizi pull it off in Ju­lau?

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE -

JU­LAU: If the huge num­ber of yel­low shirts is any­thing to go by, the re­sult of PKR elec­tion here yes­ter­day would mean a win for a team aligned to Rafizi Ramli.

The about 3,000 vot­ers who turned up at the sports com­plex here as early as 8am were sup­posed to vote for the ‘Re­for­masi 20 Tahun’ team aligned to Rafizi, who is in­volved in a straight con­test with Azmin Ali for the party’s deputy pres­i­dent post.

How­ever, many who donned the same yel­low shirts were seen en­ter­ing a ri­val booth, which al­most sparked ten­sion be­tween the two groups.

For­tu­nately, it hap­pened right un­der the noses of on-duty po­lice­men who man­aged to calm down the sit­u­a­tion.

An­other tense sit­u­a­tion hap­pened when a mem­ber aligned to Azmin, Andy Wong Hong Yu, was de­nied en­try into the polling sta­tion.

The sit­u­a­tion was again suc­cess­fully de­fused by the po­lice.

For the record, Andy Wong who was PKR can­di­date for Ju­lau in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, is in­volved in a straight fight with Arim Badok for the PKR Ju­lau branch deputy chief post. He is team­ing up with Se­m­ana Sawaing who is de­fend­ing his Ju­lau branch chief post.

Wong blamed the in­ci­dent on a cul­ture brought by sup­port­ers of con­test­ing can­di­dates from Penin­su­lar Malaysia. He said there was no prob­lem with the lo­cal vot­ers as they con­sid­ered the elec­tion a fam­ily af­fair.

Ju­lau District po­lice chief DSP Bi­dol Noyeng, when met at the scene, be­lieved that many peo­ple among the crowd were just party sup­port­ers, and not el­i­gi­ble to vote.

Apart from slight mis­un­der­stand­ing at the regis­tra­tion booth and at the en­trance to the polling sta­tion, the elec­tion process went smoothly, he said.

He warned that the po­lice would not hes­i­tate to act ac­cord­ingly if the sit­u­a­tion war­ranted it.

Mean­while, a se­nior party mem­ber ex­pected about 10,000 vot­ers’ turnout at both Ju­lau and Pakan polling sta­tions.

Vot­ers in yel­low shirts queue up in front of the polling cen­tre.

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