BUTTERWORTH: The election campaigning has begun in earnest, and so does the finger pointing.
In a ceramah here tonight, the opposition’s blame game is in full swing.
DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng blamed the Elections Commission (EC) for Tian Chua’s disqualification.
Lim said the PKR vice-president was fined less than RM2,000 in 2013 but he was allowed to contest.
“How can it be that he is disqualified in 2018 for another fine which is also less than RM2,000.
“The EC should make this right,” he said during a ceramah here on Saturday evening.
Lim, who is defending his Bagan parliamentary seat in Penang, said the EC should otherwise be called “Suruhanjaya Penipu” (Cheating Commission).
Tian Chua’s nomination was rejected on the basis of a March 2 Shah Alam High Court ruling under which he was fined RM2,000 for insulting the modesty of a police officer.
He was also convicted last year for insulting a policeman and was fined RM3,000, in default of three months’ jail.
He appealed and the High Court last month reduced the fine to RM2,000 as the offence did not involve bodily harm.
At the same time, Lim also blamed Barisan Nasional (BN) for the disqualification of other Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates.
He noted that a total of six PH candidates had failed to submit their nomination papers including Tian Chua.
“These are BN tactics,” he said.
Lim then blamed the police on the failure of PH candidate for Rantau, Dr Streram Sinnasamy, to submit his nomination papers.
For lack of proper credentials, Dr Streram was refused entry, as were his proposer and seconder, who were also without EC passes.
Other PH candidates whose nomination papers were rejected are PPBM’s Pizi Jihat (Bukit Pasir) and Yaakob Osman (Penaga).
PKR’s Dr Mohd Hafidz Rizal Amran (Kuala Balah) and Mohd Azihan Che Seman (Tawang) were also disqualified.