PKR to replace Kedah polls coordinator after alleged money politics

PKR central election committee chairman Rashid Din says the show must go on in the Kedah party polls. ( Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: PKR is looking to replace its polls coordinator in Kedah after he was detained together with another man in Alor Setar over alleged money politics.

Rashid Din, the party’s central election committee chairman, said work on the polls in Kedah needed to continue.

“We will replace him with someone else. We will find a new person in two or three days,” he told FMT.

“(We are doing this) because the party polls are coming near. Kedah polls will go on as usual. We just need someone else to do the work of the person who is in remand.”

It was reported that two PKR members had been remanded for six days to assist in investigations into alleged money politics in the nomination of a PKR branch leader in Kedah.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which deals with the corrupt solicitation, receipt or agreement to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward.

The remand of the two men followed their arrest by the MACC yesterday. The first suspect, 48, was detained at a restaurant in Alor Setar at about 12.20pm, while the second man, 46, was arrested at 3.25pm at the Pendang toll plaza.

According to a source, the two men are believed to have asked for RM20,000 from another individual as an inducement for his name, which was already registered for the party polls, to be retained in the system. This would make him eligible to contest.

The source said this came after the suspects informed the man that his name, along with several others, would be dropped from the list of candidates. They purportedly claimed that the candidate’s name could be maintained if he paid the money.