Sabah PKR official dismisses shouting match at Keningau re-election

The PKR re-election at Keningau division is said to be proceeding smoothly despite the big turnout. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR vice-chairman Kenny Chua is happy with the turnout and the generally smooth proceedings at the re-elections being held at the Keningau division.

Kenny dismissed reports of a shouting match that erupted earlier between supporters of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and his challenger Rafizi Ramli.

“I think that it is normal, especially when too many people happen to be in one venue, and confusions do happen.

“But generally, it is a smooth re-election. All three contenders for the Keningau PKR chairmanship are happy with the turnout,” he said, adding that more than 2,000 members have voted.

“We hope members will continue to remain calm as we do not want a repeat of last week’s incident.”

The re-election is being held for the Keningau division following a fracas involving the opposing supporters last week. Rafizi was reportedly attacked by a man during the incident.

Rafizi had complained that the polling centre was too small and there was no internet access for the e-voting system.

He has lodged a police report over the incident.

Security has been tightened and the venue has also been changed to a bigger hall for today’s re-election. Keningau PKR has 6,441 registered PKR members.

Poll observer Abang Azizan said the minor squabble this morning happened after Azmin’s supporters inadvertently stepped up to Rafizi’s registration booth.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who was present at the venue, also mistakenly went into the hall through the entrance reserved for Rafizi’s supporters.

Tian Chua will also be present in Nabawan tomorrow to observe the re-election in Pensiangan. The Tawau division will also hold its re-election tomorrow.