I was assaulted, says Chegubard

(The Star) – PKR candidate Badrul Hisham Shaharin (pic), known as Chegubard, said that he was assaulted by PAS supporters on his way to the nomination centre.

“I am upset. I was greeted with jeers and curses. I asked our friends in the (PAS) Youth wing to step aside, but I was pushed around, slapped in the face and my wife was also pushed,” said the candidate for the Sungai Acheh seat in Penang.

The incident arose when the PAS leadership also endorsed the Penang youth chief Mohd Yusni Mat Piah as their candidate, triggering a three-way fight between them and Barisan Nasional’s Mahmud Zakaria.

The PAS leadership later ceded and Mohd Yusni withdrew his candidacy.

A video was circulated online of Badrul Hisham giving a ceramah where he said that he was shoved and slapped in the face when he was on his way to the nomination centre in Penang.

In the two-minute-long video, which appeared to be the tail-end of his speech, Badrul Hisham said that he was even more disappointed as it involved his own “political siblings”.

He pleaded with the Pakatan Rakyat parties to close ranks and to work together.

Badrul Hisham tried to play down the incident, saying that “everything’s fine and forgiven”.

On another issue, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was filmed speaking in a recent ceramah, saying that PAS was forced to put up its own candidates in the seven seats which are overlapping with PKR due to some “moral issues” with the candidates from the party.

He claimed that some candidates had subscribed to communist teachings and one was selling “pil kuda” (psychotropic pills), which some of the pro-Umno bloggers claimed was Badrul Hisham.

“If they (the bloggers) have the guts, come and say it publicly and wait for my lawyer’s letter.

“When I become the assemblyman, I will need the money which I can win from this lawsuit to open my service centre,” said Badrul Hashim.