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PKR branch chief claims existence of ‘dead members’

HOLDING SWAY…Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in discussion with assemblymen (from left) Dato Murshid Diraja Dr Juanda Jaya (Jemoreng), Razaili Gapor (Beting Maro) and Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan) at the State Assembly building yesterday.

KUCHING: The PKR Julau branch membership controversy took a new twist when its branch chief claimed that dead members have been registered as members in his branch.

Branch chairman Semana Sawang yesterday questioned the party leadership’s conclusion that nothing was wrong in the sudden increase in the branch’s membership registration.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) recently launched an investigation after the branch’s membership soared from 603 members to over 13,000 in a single day.

Semana, who alleged that even dead people were “roped in” as members in his branch, was disappointed that the party was not troubled by the irregulairity.

“I am not surprised. That clearance by the political bureau isto be expected,” the Malay Mail news portal quoted him as saying.

The Julau branch chief also took a swipe at the move by the political bureau to clean up the membership list, saying it was pointless at this stage when voting was ongoing.

He said the membership list should have been cleaned up before the party elections in Sarawak tomorrow and Sunday.

Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit recently questioned the authencity of the Julau branch membership list, saying newly recruited members were “not genuine, but made by stealing personal data and information without the knowledge of the owners and, therefore, not proper”.

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