Dr M: Some officers will do illegal things on orders

Dr Mahathir says PPBM will file suit to challenge the rejection of nomination papers.

LANGKAWI: Pakatan Harapan will appeal to the courts alleging abuse of power which led to several PH candidates being disqualified.

PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the reasons given were “baseless and did not make sense”.

“We will take these cases to court. Because now we know that there are officers who are willing to do illegal things on orders . I am making this accusation openly. I have made accusations in the past against Najib, but until today, he has not sued me for defamation.

“If he sues me, he will also have to sue Wall Street Journal and the Swiss Attorney-General,” he said at a ceramah held at the Dewan Ho Peng here last night.

Close to 500 people attended.

Also present were PH candidates Mohd Firdaus Ahmad (Kuah) and Juhari Bulat (Ayer Hangat).

Yesterday nomination of several PH candidates were rejected by returning officers.

The most notable was that of PKR vice-president Tian Chua, seeking re-election for a third term in Batu. The returning office held that he was disqualified because he had been fined more than RM2,000 on a charge of insulting a policeman.

The EC has since advised Tian Chua to file an election petition to determine his eligibility to contest in a general election.

Tian Chua said the returning office would not accept a High Court judgement in which the fine was reduced to RM2,000 thus allowing his candidacy.

Another PKR nominee, Dr Streram Sinnasamy, was reported to have been refused entry to the nomination centre for Rembau because he did not have an EC-issued candidate pass, and neither did his proposer and seconder.

Three candidates were disqualified for being undischarged bankrupts: Nibong Tebal PPBM division head Yaakob Osman (Penaga, Penang); Pizi Jihat (Bukit Pasir, Johor) and PKR’s Dr Mohd Hafidz Rizal (Kuala Balah, Kelantan).

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