Saturday, December 7, 2013

State PKR mulls suing ‘defectors’

by Johnson K Saai, Posted on December 6, 2013, Friday
See Chee How

KUCHING: State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) may take legal actions against any non-member claiming to be one when joining other political parties.

Its vice-chairman, See Chee How, said they were now studying provisions under the law to enable the party to file a case against people claiming to be party members when in fact they were not.

“Of course, we view this very seriously because it can be very damaging on our part especially when the so-called mass defection did not happen at all. It makes our party look really bad and this is our main concern,” he told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

He said they have been very lenient over the matter in the past but apparently some people had been taking the advantage of their leniency and claimed few hundred of their members have left to join other parties when only one or two or even none of them were registered PKR members.

The latest one was about the purported defection of over 100 PKR members from Saratok who left the party to join Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

“We have checked each and every one of them and what we found is that only one or two were our registered members. That is why we feel a bit upset when certain people try to tarnish our party’s image for their own political mileage.

“This time, we are not going to keep silent. We are going to get to the roots of it to ensure that justice prevails. Also, it is aimed at stopping people who claim to be party members from committing acts that can undermine the position of other parties,” he said.

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