Tuesday, April 26, 2016

#PRNSarawak : Bukit Kota given to DAP and won by BN, says PKR's Xavier

DAP was supposed to field its candidate for the Bukit Kota seat but somehow Barisan Nasional ended up winning the seat uncontested, said its ally PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

Dr Xavier said PKR was not informed that a DAP candidate would not be fielded in Bukit Kota, which was given to DAP during seats negotiations between the Pakatan Harapan members.

DAP had contested the seat in the state election in 2011.

"They didn't inform us that they didn't have a candidate or that they weren't going to put a candidate there.

"If we were told, then PKR would have found someone as a replacement," Dr Xavier told reporters at the PKR operations centre on Tuesday.

Dr Xavier expressed regret at the oversight that allowed Barisan incumbents Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan to win Bukit Kota and Bukit Sari seats uncontested.

For the Bukit Sari seat, it was the PKR candidate, Jamal Brahim, who did not turn up to file his nomination papers on Monday for reasons yet to be known.

"As far as Bukit Sari is concerned, it is sad that the candidate chosen by PKR did not appear even though we have paid the deposit and the deposit slips had been given 24 hours before nomination," Dr Xavier said.

He added that PKR would seek an explanation from the candidate and investigate the matter after the elections.

PKR had earlier announced its five election promises and launched an 18-pooimt road map for the state. Polling for the 11th state elections is on May 7.

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