Published: Sunday August 5, 2012 MYT 4:37:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 5, 2012 MYT 5:16:25 PM
Police probe PKR sec-gen who said EC deputy chief was Umno member
By LEE YEN MUN
PUTRAJAYA: PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, who said Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar was an Umno member, is being investigated by the police for the allegation he had made.
Saifuddin was summoned to record his statement at the Putrajaya police district headquarters on Sunday, Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm AbdulRazak Majid confirmed.
This follows a report lodged by Wan Ahmad over Saifuddin's allegations published in a Bahasa Malaysia daily that the EC No. 2 man held Umno membership.
Saifuddin, who is the Machang MP, is believed to be investigated for criminal defamation under Section 500 of the Penal Code.
“The accusation that he (Saifuddin) made, which turned out to be false, has put me and the EC in a big embarrassment.
“His remark was tantamount to discrediting, not only myself but the EC also.
“So, I want the case to be looked at from the perspective of criminal defamation instead of a normal libel suit,” Wan Ahmad told The Star when contacted Sunday.
In May, Saifuddin had said that Wan Ahmad was a member of the Kubang Bunggor Umno branch in Pasir Mas, Kelantan.
His remark was subsequently picked up by various mass media but another person with the same name as Wan Ahmad later emerged and told journalists that Saifuddin had confused him with the EC deputy head.
The Kubang Bunggor Umno branch member in question turned out to be a 63-year-old stall trader.
The EC deputy chief has repeatedly rebuked the allegations as an attempt to tarnish the credibility of the polls authority.
“I had the choice between launching a libel suit or letting the police investigate the matter. I chose the latter.
“I want the police to uncover the truth about this issue and I will let them bring the matter to the public prosecutor.
“This is my way of letting the law takes its course,” the EC deputy chief said.