Hutan Melintang state seat ‘stolen’ from me, cries PKR’s Manivannan

PKR’s candidate for the Hutan Melintang state seat G Manivannan lost by 749 votes to the BN candidate. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s candidate for the Hutan Melintang state seat G Manivannan, who lost in the last general election, today cried foul after a government report revealed that the previous Barisan Nasional government had transferred military voters to the area for “political purposes”.

Manivannan lost by 749 votes to BN’s Khairuddin Tarmizi for the seat.

“I am the victim of circumstances. The report shows my victory was stolen,” he told FMT.

He was referring to a land swap report released by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today in the Dewan Negara.

The report stated that two military bases, in Paloh and Hutan Melintang, were built on the instructions of the previous BN government. This was to allegedly transfer military voters to these areas for “political purposes”.

But former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein had previously denied the army camps were built for political purposes during his time.

Manivannan called on Election Commission (EC) chief Azhar Harun to call up the previous EC chairman, Mohd Hashim Abdullah, and other former top officials to explain the revelation.

“Azhar must get to the bottom of this. The state seat in Hutan Melintang may have been won through dirty tactics,” he said.

The state seat had 31,242 voters with 55% Malay voters, 15% Chinese voters and 28% Indian voters.

Hutan Melintang is one of the two state seats which fall under the Bagan Datuk parliamentary constituency. BN’s Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was former deputy prime minister, won against PKR’s Pakhrurrazi Arshad.

It was generally assumed that the BN could bank on army votes to help it ensure victory in the past.