PKR backs independent candidate after court rejects MP's lawsuit

At 22, law student P. Prabakaran is the youngest candidate contesting in Malaysia's 2018 General Election.
At 22, law student P. Prabakaran is the youngest candidate contesting in Malaysia's 2018 General Election.

Malaysia's opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has endorsed an independent candidate contesting in a Kuala Lumpur parliamentary seat, after a court yesterday rejected a suit by its incumbent Member of Parliament to stand in the electoral race.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua was last week disqualified from defending his Batu seat, one of the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur, by a returning officer who said a RM2,000 (S$680) fine imposed on the politician in March for insulting a police officer made him ineligible to contest.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2018, with the headline 'PKR backs independent candidate after court rejects MP's lawsuit'. Print Edition | Subscribe