Azmin urges MACC to find the mastermind behind poll irregularities

KUCHING: As the PKR election enters its final leg this weekend, incumbent deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to trace the “mastermind” behind the alleged membership irregularities and money politics during the party’s poll.

While congratulating MACC for investigating the claims and questioning several people on the matter, he felt its efforts should not stop.

“The MACC should continue the investigation, not only to trace those who are involved but who the mastermind is.

“The mastermind must also be brought to justice,” he said at a dinner organised by the Sarawak PKR here on Wednesday night attended by over 1,000 people.

It was reported that MACC officers had interviewed more witnesses on allegations of money politics over the sudden spike of membership in the Julau division.

The division’s membership was reported to have increased from 603 on June 26 to 13,000 a day later.

Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit cast suspicion over the membership’s number for both the Julau and Sarikei divisions in a Oct 17 statutory declaration.

He lodged a report with the MACC over the issue on Oct 25.

Azmin also called on PKR members in Sarawak to reject corruption, nepotism and money politics or risk destroying the party, saying that PKR was built on the principles of reform for the people, not for individuals or families.

“We must choose leaders who care for the members and for the people. Do not rely on towkay and never play money politics in the party election,” he said.

He also urged Sarawak members to turn out in large numbers for the remainder of the party polls.

“I believe this weekend we will create history and show that the people of Sarawak cannot be bought by towkay,” he said.

Earlier, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said the state leaders supported the leadership of incoming president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibra­him as well as Azmin as deputy president.

“To us, this is a very strong and experienced team. Azmin has been very supportive of Sarawak and understands the issues we face here.

“We don’t see anyone who will be a better deputy president than Azmin,” he said. Azmin’s challenger is Rafizi Ramli.