KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has instructed the police force to act fairly when it provides security for what is expected to be a highly-charged Hulu Selangor by-election.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians have previously accused the police of being biased when dealing with them, while showing leniency towards Barisan Nasional.
“[The] police will be professional when performing their duties. I have told the police to fair to everybody.
“We want everyone to move freely and campaign in a healthy manner. But we know the ways of PKR and we can guess the issues that they will try to bring up and relate to the police, but I told the police to be patient, strong and professional in their actions
Hishammuddin added that the police should not be goaded by such statements and needed to exercise discipline when faced with provocation.
“The police have been slapped and bitten, but even in that situation, they have performed their duty with integrity. It is something that we have to go through,” he added.
Commenting on the security build-up for the eleventh by-election since 2008, Hishammuddin said that the police were prepared and ready.
He confirmed that over 1,000 police personnel will be deployed during nomination day on April 17.
He also hoped that the political parties will co-operate with the police and ensure a smooth polling process.
“Now is up to the party machinery to be responsible and enable the democratic process by allowing the voters to vote,” he told reporters during a press conference in parliament.
He also warned PKR not to cause any ruckus during the election.
“When we face ... PAS or DAP candidates, the incident of clashes, I can say that it does not exist. But when it comes to PKR, I can say that there must be unwanted incidents from the nomination date. I hope everybody and party members are disciplined,” he said.
Conversely, Hishammuddin was confident that BN will be ethical in its campaigns.
“We are more careful and disciplined in Umno and Barisan Nasional. We must be proactive in our strategies by not playing [up] sensitive issues such race, religion and not resort to personal attacks. On our side, we are confident,” he said.
The Hulu Selangor by-election was called following the death of PKR MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad late last month.
In Election 2008, Zainal, a former Selangor deputy mentri besar, defeated MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel by a slim majority of 198 votes.
There are 64,500 voters in Hulu Selangor, with the Malays making up 52.7 per cent of the total while the Chinese constitute 26.3 per cent, Indians approximately 19 per cent and other races at 1.7 per cent.
Last night, PKR and PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced Zaid Ibrahim as the PKR candidate.
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