And it was all go­ing so smoothly in the morn­ing

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - Th­es­


The PKR elec­tion in the con­tro­ver­sial Ju­lau divi­sion went smoothly ear­lier in the day apart from a mi­nor com­mo­tion in­volv­ing one of the can­di­dates.

De­spite the heavy rain, a large crowd of vot­ers in sup­port of Rafizi Ramli, be­gan ar­riv­ing as early as 8am at the Ju­lau sports com­plex.

They out­num­bered sup­port­ers of in­cum­bent deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Tight se­cu­rity by po­lice pre­vented scuf­fles from break­ing out be­tween the two camps.

Ju­lau po­lice chief DSP Bi­dol Noyeng said po­lice per­son­nel man­aged to defuse the ten­sion when some ri­val sup­port­ers crossed paths.

There was a brief com­mo­tion when a can­di­date for the divi­sion’s vice-chair­man post, Andy Wong, was stopped by po­lice from en­ter­ing the polling cen­tre.

Wong told The Star that he was not there to cre­ate trou­ble.

“I was ask­ing the po­lice to let me in as I wanted to ver­ify the names of the vot­ers to en­sure that there is no cheat­ing,” he said. The po­lice, how­ever, ad­vised him to leave. Ju­lau is one of 22 divi­sions in Sarawak that voted in the party elec­tion yes­ter­day. An­other seven divi­sions in the state will vote to­day to con­clude the polls. The Ju­lau divi­sion has cap­tured head­lines fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in its mem­ber­ship, which spi­ralled from 603 to about 13,000 in June.

Rafizi urged can­di­dates to pri­ori­tise the peo­ple’s in­ter­est and to ac­cept the lead­er­ship of pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim above party po­si­tions.

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