PKR suspends former Kapar MP

PETALING JAYA: Former Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam has been suspended for two years by PKR for making false allegations against party de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.  

Based on a letter issued by PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, which was sighted by The Star Online, Manickavasagam's suspension takes effect from Friday.  

Saifuddin said the decision was made following the party's political bureau meeting on Aug 1.  

The former Kapar lawmaker was said to have falsely accused Anwar of accepting a RM300,000 to RM400,000 bribe.  

The bribe was allegedly an inducement from Oms Thiagarajan not to nominate Manickavasagam as a candidate for the Kapar parliamentary seat.  

Manickavasagam had made the allegation during a speech at a temple in Kapar on April 8 this year.  

"Please note that in accordance with this suspension, you are automatically stripped of any positions and can no longer make any statements using the party's name until the period of suspension is over," Saifuddin said in the letter addressed to Manickavasagam.  

He has 14 days to appeal the suspension.  

The former Kuala Selangor PKR branch chief and central leadership council member was previously suspended by the party in 2014 for making allegations of money politics against then Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but his suspension was later rescinded.  

He was selected to contest the Bukit Melawati state seat in Selangor during the 13th general election, but lost to the Barisan Nasional candidate.

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