‘Ju­lau surge’ likely to favour Rafizi


A SUR­PRISE de­ci­sion by the PKR elec­tion com­mit­tee to al­low some 13,000 new mem­bers in the Ju­lau di­vi­sion in Sarawak to vote in the on­go­ing party polls will very likely tip the scales in favour of Mohd Rafizi Ramli in the con­test for the No. 2 post.

The two-horse race for the deputy pres­i­dency, with re­sults see-saw­ing be­tween in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali and Mohd Rafizi, saw the for­mer in the lead after bal­lot­ing in Sabah.

How­ever, the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in Sarawak does not bode well for Mo­hamed Azmin as the elec­tion en­ters the fi­nal lap, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Sin Chew Daily yes­ter­day.

At the last count, Mo­hamed Azmin had gar­nered 58,949 votes, giv­ing him a 3,321-vote lead over Mohd Rafizi’s 55,628 votes.

PKR elec­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Seri Rashid Din said the com­mit­tee ac­cepted all mem­ber lists sub­mit­ted by party lead­ers, adding that “there is no rea­son to re­ject (any of them)”.

“As such, the 13,000 new mem­bers are le­git, and el­i­gi­ble to vote (in the party polls),” he said.

On re­ports lodged by mem­bers with the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) over a sharp in­crease in mem­ber­ship in the Ju­lau di­vi­sion, Rashid said it was a party mat­ter, that should be dealt with in ac­cor­dance with the party’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The an­nounce­ment by di­vi­sion chief Larry Sng a day be­fore the start of PKR polls that the di­vi­sion’s mem­ber­ship had surged to 13,000 (from 603) has raised con­tro­versy.

It was spec­u­lated that should the new mem­bers be al­lowed to vote, the tide will turn against Mo­hamed Azmin as Sng, who is Ju­lau MP and is de­fend­ing his di­vi­sion chief post, has al­ready de­clared his sup­port for Mohd Rafizi.

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