'Strip off candidacy of those who resort to wild slander, accusations'

Audrey Dermawan

GEORGE TOWN: The PKR election committee and the party’s disciplinary bureau have been told to take stern action against candidates who resort to wild slander and accusations ahead of the party election starting in mid-September.

PKR Permatang Pauh division Youth vice-chief Haidhar Auni Dzolkapli said candidates who resorted to such actions should be stripped off their candidacy.

Haidhar, who is vying for the division’s Youth chief post, said the wild slander and accusations were fast becoming ‘cancer’ in the party.

“We reject such unhealthy culture for the survival of the party as the party election this time around is to electt leaders for the future.

“As such, the PKR election committee and the party’s disciplinary bureau must pay serious attention to this and take stern action against errant candidates by stripping them off their candidacy,” he said today.

Haidhar said the current campaiging period should be used by all candidates to campaign in a mature and healthy manner.

“As a ruling party, it is incumbent upon all not to campaign excessively, leading to character assasination.

“By doing so, this can destroy the organisation and erode the people’s trust in the party leadership and the new government they voted into power,” he added.

Haidhar reminded the candidates to be mindful of their words and actions as it could affect members at the grassroots level.

About 800,000 PKR members are expected to cast their votes in the party election carried out in phases for three weeks starting in September.

PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli, who will be challenging party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali for the party’s number two post, had previously issued statements against the Economic Affairs Minister. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd