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Riot broke out in Tenom after EC rejects KDM President Peter Anthony’s nomination

NewsRiot broke out in Tenom after EC rejects KDM President Peter Anthony's...

On the nomination day (5 November), a riot broke out in Temon, Sabah after a protest broke out following the rejection of Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) candidate for the seat in the 15th General Election (GE15).

Several videos of the incident had since gone viral on social media, showing crowds waving the KDM banner while escaping the cloud of tear gas fired by the police.

It is believed that the riot broke out after the Election Commission (EC) rejected KDM president Datuk Peter Anthony’s nomination to contest the Tenom seat, citing an on-going court case he is involved in.

Waiting for appeal

In May, Peter was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a fine of RM50,000 by Judge Azura Alwi after he was found guilty of forging a letter for a Mechanical and Electrical Systems (M&E) maintenance work at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Under Article 48(4) of the Federal Constitution, convicts who have been sentenced to a jail term of more than one year or a fine of not less than RM2,000 and have not received a free pardon, are disqualified from public office.

Following the incident, Peter Anthony told his supporters to stay calm and keep their spirits up amid the general election, adding that being a dominant party with winning potential, there will always be ‘something’ done against them.

“At first everything was going smoothly. At 9 am and 10 am, there were no problems. I even drew candidate number 1, but then as we were about to leave there was an instruction from KL to reject my application,” he said.

Police confirmed the incident

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has confirmed that there was indeed a commotion at the nomination centre at Dewan DSP Antanom, Tenom in Sabah on Saturday (5 November).

According to Bernama, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said he is still waiting for a detailed report from the Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Idris Abdullah regarding the matter.

“It is true that I am waiting for a report from the Sabah police Commissioner,” he said.

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