Home > News > Nation
Thursday April 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday April 17, 2014 MYT 7:47:03 AM
by rahmah ghazali AND martin carvalho
PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president candidates Azmin Ali and Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail will be hauled up by the party election committee over their recent media interviews, which allegedly contained criticisms against their rivals.
PKR election director Datuk Johari Abdul said their remarks would be scrutinised to see if they had breached any campaigning rules before April 21, when the final list of candidates would be finalised.
“At the moment, this is not on the agenda. But it will be brought up for discussion by next Monday,” he told reporters at PKR headquarters here yesterday.
Johari had cautioned candidates that they risked being disqualified from contesting if they criticised each other in their campaigning through the media.
When asked whether their remarks ran foul of the rules set by the committee, Johari said the matter needed to be discussed collectively before judgment was passed.
“I have read their remarks, but the committee has yet to decide on this. As chairman, it is not fair for me to comment on the committee’s behalf,” he said.
When met later, Johari said the committee was looking at two alleged cases against Azmin. One concerned him giving an interview to TV3, which PKR has forbidden its members from talking to. The other was his alleged attack of Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, another candidate for deputy president.
Azmin was reported to have criticised Khalid on the memorandum of understanding between the Federal and Selangor governments to restructure the water industry in the state.
Saifuddin, in a New Straits Times interview, had talked about the clash of personalities between Khalid and Azmin.
He described Azmin as someone who “did not enjoy exchanging views, ideas or debates” and Khalid as a “know-it-all”, especially on the water deal.
Johari said it was not necessary for the party to appoint independent auditors to observe the electoral process, which will take place from April 26 to May 11, as “we have sorted out teething problems faced in 2010”.
“We are more transparent now as we are using transparent ballot boxes and serial numbered ballot papers. Candidates are also allowed to appoint representatives to keep their eyes on opposing candidates,” he added.
Tags / Keywords:
Politics, Datuk Abdul Johari, Azmin Ali, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, PKR election
Selangor to remain stable under Azmin, say academics
No water rationing in Selangor, assures Azmin
The time to ‘prove yourself’ is over, Azmin told
DAP and PAS want Azmin to stay on
Azmin takes Khalid to task over water issue
Wee: Don’t kill tour industry with bad news
MH17: Malaysia pushes UN Security Council for tribunal
Don’t lose your cool in heatwave
BookFest@Malaysia 2015 is officially launched
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Shakhtar sell record scorer Luiz Adriano to Milan
Festive mood with a touch of Moroccan magic
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)