PKR likely to drop 2-term Rawang rep

Gan Pei Nei claims she is a victim of a poison pen letter.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s two-term Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei is likely to be dropped in the coming polls following allegations of misappropriation of funds, says a party source.

Earlier today, Malaysiakini had reported a tearful Gan claiming that she was a victim of a poison pen letter and that she had not been given a chance to reply to the allegations.

Gan said she would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and submit the necessary evidence to clear her name.

But a party source told FMT the allegation was not contained in a poison pen letter.

“Complaints were lodged and the evidence submitted raise serious questions which Gan needs to answer,” the source told FMT.

The source said no decision had been made about the allegations and there was no evidence to suggest that Gan had personally benefited from any wrongdoing.

“Still, it’s difficult to field her. We are facing an election, not a court of law to prove her innocence.

“We can’t be on a defensive footing until the polls,” the source said.

The source said PKR was also fighting on an anti-corruption platform and therefore it was incumbent on them to take a higher moral ground.

“When there were questions asked of Prime Minister Najib Razak in relation to the RM2.6 billion donation, we didn’t judge him, we asked only that he take a leave of absence until he is cleared of any wrongdoing by the court.

“So how can we ask Najib to step aside but not do the same when such questions are asked about one of our own?”

The source said no one in the party was judging Gan and PKR only wanted to ensure that nothing could be used against the party in the election.

The source said dropping an incumbent should not be an issue as no seat was the divine right of any individual and no one was bigger than the party.

The source said the final decision would be made by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and an announcement was likely to be made tomorrow.

Gan first won the Rawang seat in 2008 in a three-way contest against BN and an independent candidate.

In GE13, she retained the seat with a 9,241-vote majority in a straight fight against BN’s Lee Li Yew.

FMT’s efforts to contact Gan were unsuccessful.