Chaos during party polls shows up PKR's flaws

PKR's election is Malaysia's longest, allowing each of its 800,000 members to elect office bearers. Balloting in the triennial polls is spread across eight weekends or more than two months.
PKR's election is Malaysia's longest, allowing each of its 800,000 members to elect office bearers. Balloting in the triennial polls is spread across eight weekends or more than two months.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Malaysia's governing party continues to be plagued by poor discipline, violence

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is now the largest party in Parliament, but its first leadership polls since becoming part of Malaysia's government is mired in controversy.

Calls for revotes are mounting over claims of rigging, bribery and unfair oversight. At some voting centres, violent scenes of fistfights and chairs being thrown - all caught on video - have led to injury.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2018, with the headline 'Chaos during party polls shows up PKR's flaws'. Print Edition | Subscribe