PKR to re­port to MACC over at­tempt to sab­o­tage elec­tion in Lawas

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LAWAS: The elec­tion at the Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) here al­most did not hap­pen yes­ter­day when Lawas District Coun­cil can­celled at the last minute per­mis­sion to use the Lawas In­door Sta­dium as the vot­ing cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Works Min­is­ter Baru Bian, who is also PKR Sarawak chair­man, re­garded the move as ‘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 here yes­ter­day.

Baru said PKR would lodge a re­port with the Malaysian Anti- Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) over the at­tempt to sab­o­tage the party’s elec­tion through the last­minute can­cel­la­tion of the per­mit to use the hall.

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

Baru said PKR had ob­tained the ap­proval and paid RM500 for rental last week to use the sta­dium, but at the 11th hour his side were told against us­ing it. He added that the coun­cil should have given his side suf­fi­cient time to find an­other venue for the elec­tion.

It is learnt that the mat­ter had been re­solved, and the PKR polls here went on smoothly yes­ter­day.

Baru, who won un­op­posed as PKR Sarawak chair­man and PKR Sarawak chief, also claimed that sim­i­lar at­tempts were made to dis­rupt polling in Lubok Antu and Ju­lau di­vi­sions but un­like PKR Lawas, th­ese were not done at the very last minute.

Nev­er­the­less, he was sat­is­fied that the elec­tion here went smoothly.

PKR Lawas polls in­volved over 1,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers, the ma­jor­ity of whom voted for Azmin Ali – one of two con­tenders for the party’s na­tional deputy pres­i­dent’s post.

The other can­di­date is in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Baru (left) over­sees the vot­ing process in Lawas.

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