JOHOR BARU: Police have received 24 police reports eight days into the campaigning period for the Tanjung Piai by-election.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said only three investigation papers were open out of the 24 reports that had been made.
He added that no arrests have been made and the campaign was peaceful and under control.
“One of the investigated cases involved seditious statements made by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister that is investigated under Section 4A(1) of the Election Offences Act 1954.
“The other case involved the Barisan Nasional candidate that had been handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“And one report on statements made by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over his remarks on the recent acquittal of a woman on a reckless driving charge that caused the death of eight teenage cyclists in Johor Baru in 2017,” he said.
He was met by reporters after attending the state Police Monthly Assembly at Johor Police Contingent Headquarters here on Sunday (Nov 10).
He added that investigation papers regarding Ahmad Zahid’s statements have been handed over to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.
Comm Mohd Kamarudin also said police have received reports about a Gerakan billboard that was toppled in Kukup and a Pakatan Harapan flag that was removed and destroyed in Kampung Kebun Baru Permas.
“So far, there have been no reports of riots and fighting between the political supporters of each contesting party even though campaigning have started to be more ‘aggressive’.
“I hope all parties involve would always ensure that they have obtained a permit from the police especially when they are moving around using vehicles so that we can place our personnel to ensure the safety and smooth flow of traffic,” he added.
He had also advised that all parties should always adhere to election rules.
“We do not want those who are campaigning to use any provocative statements. What concerns us the most is when different parties meet one another at the same location,” he said, adding that such negatives issues would only disturb the election process.
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