PKR to file suit to nullify BN’s GE13 win over WSJ expose

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the suit was imperative as the legitimacy of the 13th general election and BN’s rule have been brought into disrepute by the exposé. — Picture by Choo Choy May
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the suit was imperative as the legitimacy of the 13th general election and BN’s rule have been brought into disrepute by the exposé. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, July 8 — PKR will file a civil suit to declare the results of Election 2013 null and void, following the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) expose that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had been transferred into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal accounts, some purportedly during the heated campaign for the federal polls.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the suit was imperative as the legitimacy of the 13th general election and BN’s rule have been brought into disrepute by the exposé.

“Keadilan will file the suit to nullify the 13th general election results, especially those (seats) held by BN-Umno post-expose by WSJ and Sarawak Report with regards to the embezzlement of funds for elections that involved the prime minister and Umno president.

The Lembah Pantai MP claimed that although the staggering sum used to finance the ruling coalition’s campaign was a breach of election laws, the opposition cannot rely on the Election Commission to take necessary action given its track record of alleged preferential treatment towards BN.

“The EC, true to its expected form and nature, cannot be expected to take action.

“The EC’s past conduct - ranging from the civil suit it faced following the indelible ink fiasco, the various inaction to pledges of political bribery implicating government ministers, to the appeal it made following Sarawak PKR’s success in achieving a High Court decision mandating the EC to redo Sarawak’s re-delineation process in accordance with Schedule 13 of the Federal Constitution - have severely eroded its credibility,” Nurul Izzah said.

After a meeting between rights groups members and opposition lawmakers yesterday, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said BN must hand over power to a caretaker administration and hold a general election by next year over claims the prime minister received funds from 1MDB.

The social activist said this was necessary as the alleged corruption may involve other leaders in the Najib administration.

Ambiga added that an interim government will ensure a proper investigation into the claim linking 1MDB funds to Najib.

Today, Nurul said PKR is prepared to face elections should its suit result in the nullification of Election 2013.

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