KLANG: Trouble is brewing in the Kapar PKR division, with Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam slammed for announcing his own candidacy for the next general election.
Kapar PKR division chief Azizi Ayob hit out at Manikavasagam for allegedly telling the Tamil media on July 7 that he would defend the parliamentary seat.
Azizi said the announcement was “wild and made unilaterally without consulting the division”.
“As we have sent in our shortlist of candidates to the party's state election director, Manikavasagam's statement that he will be contesting again in Kapar is unbecoming.
“The incumbent MP is not allowed to give press statements on the issue of candidacy,” Azizi said in a statement.
Azizi said Manikavasagam's actions had violated the party constitution.
In an immediate response, Manikavasagam, who is the division vice-chairman, said Azizi was sore because he was not picked as a state constituency coordinator.
He said the division committee had not met officially to discuss the election candidates, adding that only “coffee shop” meetings were held.
“We should have a meeting every month. I am the Number Two man in the division but they never checked with me on the list,” he added.
He also clarified that he had only voiced his interest to defend the Kapar seat to the Tamil media and that the party leadership would make the final decision.
“I am the incumbent. I want to contest. Azizi cannot read Tamil. He should get someone to translate the article carefully,” he said.