KUCHING, Oct 25: Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit and other top party officials today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on membership illegalities allegedly committed by its Julau division.
In a press statement today, Vernon said, “We would like to request MACC to conduct a thorough and exhaustive investigation into these grave matters to ascertain if there were any abuses of power or misuses of power by certain party leaders in covering up the irregularities and illegalities as stated in our Statutory Declaration (SD) and in this report, as our party’s image and credibility has now come under public scrutiny.”
The SD, dated Oct 17, raised suspicions on the existence of bogus members in the Julau branch, which is said to have marred party polls. The Julau PKR branch membership was reported to have surged from 603 on June 26 to 13,000 a day later.
Meanwhile, state PKR secretary Nicholas Bawin, who accompanied Vernon along with other party leaders, said they decided to refer the matter to MACC after the party’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail issued a statement that was reported in the press yesterday. Saifuddin said all membership lists had been finalised and their complaints had exceeded the period of objections.
“(So) we are left with no choice but to bring this matter to the MACC as the irregularities and illegalities that we have been raising within party channels have been ignored,” said Bawin.
Among those who accompanied Vernon to lodge the report to the MACC today was state PKR vice-chairman See Chee How.
At press time, Julau MP Larry Sng declined to comment.
Prior to this, Sng had urged the state PKR leadership to check their facts and not to falsify documents to promote their agenda through social media.
He had also urged the state PKR leadership to check their facts on the SD of a certain leader. The SD listed 27 individuals claiming that they have signed up as members without their knowledge. — DayakDaily