PKR elec­tion in Lawas al­most ‘no show’

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LAWAS: The elec­tion at the branch of Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) here was al­most scup­pered when Lawas District Coun­cil can­celled at the last minute per­mis­sion to use the Lawas In­door Sta­dium for the poll yes­ter­day.

Sarawak PKR chair­man and Works Min­is­ter, Baru Bian, said the move was clearly an abuse of power to dis­rupt the elec­tion process.

“This ac­tion was ob­vi­ously an abuse of power to pres­sure us. We will take ac­tion and I will di­rect my of­fi­cers to make a com­plete re­port to the au­thor­i­ties for fur­ther ac­tion,” he said when met by the me­dia yes­ter­day.

The Se­lan­gau MP and Ba Ke­lalan as­sem­bly­man added: “I was no­ti­fied around mid­night by my of­fi­cer say­ing that the coun­cil sec­re­tary, Zulk­i­fli Sa­hari, had can­celled the use of the sta­dium fol­low­ing di­rec­tive from per­ma­nent sec­re­tary to the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.”

Baru said the party had ob­tained an ap­proval and had paid RM500 for rental last week to use the sta­dium, but at the eleventh hour they were told not to use it. He added that the coun­cil should give enough time for them to find an­other av­enue for the elec­tion.

Baru, who won un­op­posed as Sarawak PKR chair­man and Lawas PKR chief, de­scribed the mat­ter as un­pro­fes­sional act of the GPS-led gov­ern­ment.

He also claimed that sim­i­lar at­tempts were made to dis­rupt PKR polls in Lubok Antu and Julau di­vi­sions but these were not done at the last minute.

He was, nev­er­the­less, sat­is­fied that the elec­tion in Lawas went smoothly which in­volved over 1,000 PKR reg­is­tered vot­ers, the ma­jor­ity of whom voted for Azmin Ali’s camp.

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