Two candidates told to stop bad-mouthing and making wild allegations against others in the coming party polls while Anwar told Kapar MP to correct his controversial statement on alleged plot.
Two candidates contesting in the Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) elections this year had been issued warning letters for breaching the party’s election code of ethics by making allegations and using offensive words against other contenders.
“We let them off with a mild warning as the offences were committed prior to nominations in July.
“But starting from today, anyone who makes wild allegations against another candidate or threatens them, we will take stern action,” PKR Objection, Appeal and Disciplinary Committee chairman Dr Syed Hussin Ali told a media conference after the draw on the number for candidates contesting in the party elections yesterday.
“We will come down hard on them if they continue to use harsh words and make wild allegations against others after today,” he added.
Dr Syed refused to divulge the identity of the two candidates, saying their names will only be revealed if action is taken against them.
It is believed that one of the two candidates is PKR central committee member Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.
Abdullah Sani claimed that PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is defending his post, is in cahoots with Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin to block Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from becoming Prime Minister in two years’ time.
Abdullah Sani made the allegations on Aug 12 while campaigning for Rafizi Ramli, who is contesting the deputy president’s post in the PKR polls.
Anwar said the allegation of a plot to stop him from becoming prime minister is baseless.
“I told him (Abdullah) that such allegations are baseless, and advised him to make a correction to his statement.
“I don’t know if he wants to write in or not,” Anwar told reporters after attending a lawsuit hearing at the High Court today.
Before the May 9 general election, Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties had agreed that Anwar would take over from Mahathir within two years.
However, Abdullah said Daim had claimed that Anwar was not suitable for the position, and should wait until Mahathir fulfils his commitments to the government.
Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad, meanwhile, charged that Mahathir and Daim had “sponsored” some PKR leaders to destroy the party from within.
Mahathir had brushed off these claims, saying proof was needed of such allegations.
On Wednesday (Aug 15), Abdullah Sani also accused PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin of using one of her lackeys to threaten his wife, Datin Faizah Arrifin, who is contesting the wing’s vice chief posts.
Faizah, a PKR Wanita exco member, had been critical of Zuraida during her campaign.
Zuraida is contesting a PKR vice president post.
Meanwhile, PKR Central Election Committee chairman Datuk Rashid Din said that 25 candidates were issued letters on why they should be allowed to contest after complaints were lodged against them.
“One candidate is contesting for a central committee post while 24 candidates are contesting a branch post.
“They have three days to appeal,” he said.
He said 47 complaints were rejected, adding that the committee will be looking at 70 complaints in total.
Meanwhile, candidates are banned from holding ‘ceramahs’ and organise dinners.
Rashid said campaigning must be done behind closed doors, with attendance restricted only to 100 people.
Campaign material, he also said, must only feature the candidate’s face and is only meant to introduce the said candidate.
“Group shots are not allowed.”
Rashid said that candidates, especially those in government, should not abuse their power to win votes. Candidates he added, are also banned from buying votes or threatening members to vote for them.
“Those who breach the rules will not be allowed to contest.”
Almost 14,000 candidates are vying for a total of 10,028 party posts nationwide.
A total of 88 posts are for the party’s central committee and respective wings.
The party polls are being conducted through an e-voting system and will end by mid-October.