Surge in Julau membership applications valid, says PKR

PETALING JAYA: The surge in membership applications of the Julau PKR division has been deemed valid by the party’s central leadership council, says PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

“For the purpose of the party election, 26 June 2018 was the last date for membership applications to be received.

“The party’s political bureau was informed that party’s headquarters had received a large number of new membership applications for the Julau on June 12.

“On June 25, the party’s central leadership council delegated the power to the party’s political bureau to verify the final applications for new membership. The list was approved by the political bureau on June 27,” he said in a media statement issued on Thursday (Nov 8). 

Fahmi said the approved membership list was submitted to the respective party divisions for verification and protest which ended on July 17.

“As of that date (July 17), the party headquarters did not receive any protest from any parties with regard to the new members of the Julau division,” he noted.

Fahmi said the issue over the alleged spike in membership at the Julau division was brought up for discussions at the party’s political bureau meeting on Wednesday (Nov 7) night.

He said the party’s secretary general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution told the political bureau that all new membership applications had been keyed into the membership data after they were approved by the political bureau or central leadership council.

“Based on this facts, and in light of there not being any breaches in the process with regard to this case, the political bureau states that the new membership applications of the Julau division are valid,” Fahmi said.

The Julau PKR division had attracted a lot of interest since early October following claims of a spike in its membership from only 603 on June 26 to 13,000 a day later.

PKR’s Julau MP Larry Sng was investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Saturday (Nov 3) over allegations of thousands of phantom members in the party division.

Fahmi said the party’s central election committee had fixed Nov 10 and 11 for the party polls to be held for all PKR 34 divisions in Sarawak.

As for Sabah, he said, the Keningau division would hold its polls on Nov 10 and Pensiangan and Tawau will conducted theirs the following day.

He added that the Kuala Selangor division would hold their polls on Nov 10 while all six divisions in Melaka would have theirs a day later.

On a separate matter, Fahmi said that the party’s disciplinary board had been directed to carry out immediate investigations over disturbances during the recent election process.