Tian Chua: BN ‘dirty tactics’ to bar him in Batu

PKR’s Tian Chua was barred from seeking re-election in Batu.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tian Chua has accused Barisan Nasional of resorting to “dirty tactics” out of fear of losing the general election, after he was ruled out of contention for re-election as MP for Batu.

His nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer when Tian Chua, a PKR vice-president, submitted his nomination papers.

He said the Election Commission’s decision was an insult to the judicial system, and not seeking advice from the Attorney-General.

Tian Chua had been convicted last year of insulting a policeman and had been fined RM3,000 or three months’ jail. He appealed, and the High Court last month reduced the fine to RM2,000 as the offence did not involve bodily harm.

The court also dismissed a prosecution appeal to enhance the sentence.

Tian Chua said the Election Commission should have referred the matter to the Attorney-General. The Federal Constitution disqualifies as election candidate anyone sentenced to more than 12 months’ jail or fine of more than RM2,000.

He said the Barisan Nasional would use any possible means to reduce the chances of a Pakatan Harapan election victory.

However, he said BN would fail to take Batu from the opposition.

The seat will now be contested between Gerakan vice-president Dominic Lau (BN), Azhar Yahya (PAS), and independent candidates Prabakaran Paramewaran and VM Panjamothy.

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