Saturday, April 27, 2013

GE 13 : Pakatan squabbles in Balakong, Kajang

The New Straits Times, 26 April 2013

KAJANG: Trouble is brewing among Pakatan Rakyat parties in the state constituencies of Balakong and Kajang. DAP members in Balakong were said to have been involved in a fight two nights ago, while PKR members here allegedly expressed dissatisfaction when their favourite politician was not picked to contest the state seat.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said yesterday three reports were lodged on Wednesday night over a fight that began during a DAP gathering attended by secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

He said at least eight men were involved in the altercation which was believed to have been caused by the dissatisfaction of several DAP members over the choice of candidate in Balakong, which fell under the Serdang parliamentary constituency.

The fighting broke out at 10pm at the village development and security committee's recreation centre in Batu 11 Cheras near here.

Rashid said police had classified the case as rioting, which carries a maximum jail term of two years, or fine, or both. However, he said no arrests had been made.

In the Kajang state constituency, feathers were ruffled among PKR members who were unhappy when previous assemblyman Lee Kim Sin was not picked to contest.

The PKR members were seen removing flags and banners that they had put up themselves in Sungai Chua after Lee Chin Cheh was named to contest the seat, which fell under the Hulu Langat parliamentary constituency.

However, a source close to Kim Sin, better known as "Cikgu Lee", said the members had been advised not to disrupt the party's preparations.

"Cikgu Lee had already told them that there was no need to take down the flags or to fight. But the members are not happy, and there is only so much we can tell them," the source said.

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