Machan rep refutes online post, mulls lodging police report

Social media applications on a mobile phone. — file pic

KANOWIT, Aug 23: Machan assemblyman, Allan Siden Gramong is contemplating lodging a police report over a post on social media alleging he would give way to his father to contest the seat in the next state election.

“I will consult with my party first before taking the next course of action. This includes lodging a police report,” he said when contacted today. He would do so once he gets back to the town as he was attending a function in Kapit.

“What appears in the report is all fake,” he emphasised, adding that it was unclear who was behind it.

Allan’s father, Datuk Gramong Juna, had held the seat from 1978 until his retirement in 2016, a period of 38 years.

Allan succeeded his father when he won with a majority of 2,952 votes in a three-cornered fight in the 2016 state election. He defeated George Chen (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) and Semawi Paong (independent).

The post which appeared on a Facebook page on August 21 cited a ‘reliable source’ when it alleged Allan would hand over the seat to Gramong. This would pave the way for the latter to make a comeback to politics by contesting in in the 12th State Election.

The post claimed that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) had decided to make the change as Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari could ill-afford to lose the seat with expectations of tough competition in all constituencies in the coming state election.

“In order for PBB to continue in power, there is a possibility Dato Gramong Juna will be renominated to defend the Machan seat,” it alleged.

The post also questioned whether there was a lack of credible candidates who really had the people’s best interests at heart and why the seat should remain with Gramong’s family. — DayakDaily