KUALA LUMPUR — March 29, 2019: A former PKR central committee member has claimed that some leaders of the party have prevented him from campaigning for the coming Rantau by-election.
Badrul Hisham Shahrin made the allegation after he was told not to proceed with a press conference he claimed was intended to expose some alleged wrongdoings of incumbent Rantau assemblyman, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan of Barisan Nasional during his tenure as the Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar.
“I was ordered not to do it by the coordinator of PKR’s war room for the Rantau by-election. He said it was an order from the top brass. I think PKR is being too arrogant and overconfident,” said Badrul Hisham who is also known as Chegubard, in an interview with The Mole today.
While he decided to abide by the said directive, Chegubard pointed out that what happened yesterday showed that PKR neither appreciates nor needs help from “outsiders” including that of its own supporters.
“To all PKR supporters in Rantau, especially the youths, do not waste your energy for those who do not want it. It is clear that PKR needs help only from its members,” said Chegubard, who contested against Mohamad in Rantau in the 2004 general elections.
According to him, the alleged wrongdoings of Mohamad that were supposed to be made public at the aborted press conference yesterday include allowing the sale of alcohol at a government owned golf club and agreeing to a lopsided land title conversion and development agreement.
The Rantau by-election, scheduled on April 13 was necessitated after the Federal Court uphold the decision of Seremban Election Court which had declared Mohamad’s unopposed victory in the general election on May 9 last year as null and void.
Mohamad won the Rantau state seat after Pakatan Harapan’s Dr S. Streram of PKR, was denied from entering the nomination centre to submit his nomination papers as he had forgotten to bring his entry pass.
The nomination day for the coming by-election is tomorrow and as it is, Mohamad and Dr Streram will be contesting against each other.
Dr Streram’s nomination had spark some controversy, particularly among PKR grassroots in Rantau, who wanted the party’s higher-ups to field a local candidate.
Earlier this month, members of Rantau PKR Village Management Committee Council had unanimously rejected the Klang-based Dr Streram, arguing that fielding him against Mohamad is like “sending a lamb to the slaughter”.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, however, explained that it was morally right to field Dr Streram as he was denied of contesting in Rantau in the last general election.
The Rantau constituency has 20,926 registered voters, comprising 20,804 ordinary voters, 118 early voters and four absentee voters who are abroad. Malays make up 54 per cent of the voters, Indians (27 per cent) and Chinese (19 per cent).