KLANG: Fighting in the PKR polls is spilling over to the court.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim tweeted that he would initiate legal action against former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam for accusing him of vote-buying.
“I have ordered the lawyer to submit a Notice of Claim suit against Manikavasagam for accusing me of corruption by buying votes,” Khalid said.
Manikavasagam, who is contesting against Khalid for the post of Kuala Selangor PKR division chief, alleged that the Mentri Besar had through a third party paid voters RM50 each for their support.
Khalid had denied the allegation and said he did not condone such tactics.
Kuala Selangor was one of the divisions suspended in the PKR polls for alleged discrepancies.
Manikavasagam, who contested for the Bukit Melawati state seat and lost to Barisan Nasional in the 13th general election, said he was not afraid of the “threat” of legal action.
“I have evidence of a recorded tele-conversation discussing the vote buying,” he claimed.
He said the PKR disciplinary committee had contacted him, and he would be handing the evidence to the party.
In Petaling Jaya, PKR vice-president candidate Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin said the party must review its electoral process to avoid being ridiculed by dissatisfied members and netizens.
He, however, disagreed with calls for PKR election director Datuk Johari Abdul and his deputy Datin Tan Yee Kew to resign following the suspension of polling for 27 of the 198 divisions in PKR.
Incumbent deputy president Azmin Ali said that the party must throw its support behind Johari and the election committee to look into all complaints, which range from vote-rigging to money politics, and from sabotage to shortage of ballot papers.