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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | MYT 8:58 PM

Kajang by-election: Bersih 2.0 condemns resignation "to benefit" party

PETALING JAYA: The resignation of Kajang assemblymen Lee Chin Cheh "is nothing short of a betrayal of trust of the people," says Bersih 2.0.

It said in a statement that it was unacceptable that an assemblyman has resigned “to benefit” his political party.

"Less than eight months ago, the people of Kajang voted him in on the premise that he would remain the state assemblyman for the next five years.

"The reason for Lee's resignation on Jan 27, reported in the media as to "benefit PKR as a whole", reflects poor judgement on the part of the candidate as well as the party he belongs to.

"It is shocking that PKR consented to Lee's resignation and is fielding its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the by-election," it said, citing Lee's reason for stepping down as neglectful of the people's interest.

"Bersih 2.0 is appalled that a by-election would have to be called and public funds would be unnecessarily wasted because of the whims and fancies of a few.

"This is a regressive step for democracy because it supports the mistaken notion in Malaysia that elections are about political parties and politicians rather than about the people," it added.

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