Former Jerai PKR division chief B. Kalaivanar has claimed that he was harassed and threatened by a group of people while giving a ceramah at Taman Ria Jaya here on Wednesday.
Kalaivanar, who said he was not campaigning for any of the 13 independent candidates, said six men turned up at the ceramah about 35 minutes into his speech and two of them picked up sticks and stones, demanding him to stop talking or they would “finish him off.”
“I recognised some of them. They also shouted profanities at me,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Kalaivanar said he ignored the group and continued speaking atop his 4WD for another 25 minutes before driving off.
He believed that the group was sent by PKR as the party was probably feeling threatened by his revelations to voters about the party and its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Evidence: Kalaivanar showing two photographs of a group of people who harassed him and his campaigners at Taman Ria Jaya on Wednesday.
He said he would lodge a police report on the incident soon as he had photographs that showed the encounter with the group.
“If Anwar can talk about (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, why can’t I talk about him and the Kedah Mentri Besar?” Kalaivanar asked.
He said allegations that he was paid to leave PKR and that he and his supporters had joined Barisan Nasional were lies.
“I left because I lost faith in Anwar and the party, and could not stand being a member any more. I was not kicked out or chased away,” said Kalaivanar, who had announced that he was dissolving PKR’s Jerai division when he quit the party on Tuesday.