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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PKR demands Aminah retract accusation, seeks damages

Penanti, May 26 — By Lee Wei Lian

PKR is taking legal action to defend itself against accusations by independent candidate Aminah Abdullah that it had tried to bribe her and is demanding that she retract her statement and issue a public apology.

The party is sending her a letter of demand today which gives her seven days to respond to its demands and is also seeking financial compensation for damages to the party’s reputation and that she refrain from making further defamatory statements.

Party election chief Saifuddin Nasution told reporters in a briefing today that he had listened to the recording provided by Aminah and commented that it was made when two party members who were friends with Aminah were invited to a meal at her house.

“It was a meeting with friends in a jovial setting. It gives the impression that she had the desire to return to the party and her friends would discuss it with top party leaders,” said Saifuddin.

The two PKR members, one alleged to be a member of the party’s supreme council and the other, an assistant to a Penang state executive councillor, are expected to issue their statements later today.

Aminah had submitted her evidence to the Election Commission in Georgetown this morning and claimed that one of the members who met her was PKR supreme council member Cheah Kah Peng.

She has also been interviewed by Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) officials.

Aminah yesterday held a press conference where she claimed that her former party had tried to bribe her by offering the Penang deputy chief minister post and made available a three hour audio recording to back her allegations. She added that she also had photographic evidence but did not disclose who had met her.

She said that they also offered RM80,000 worth of compensation to withdraw from the contest but she did not accept it as she was “a person of principles”.

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