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Perak police to beef up security in ‘hot’ areas

 | April 13, 2013

They are Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput, Ipoh Barat, Batu Gajah, Manjung, Hilir Perak and Tanjung Malim

IPOH: Perak police have identified eight sensitive ‘hot’ areas in the state which may be potential public disorders during the coming polls and have beefed up forces.

State police chief Mohd Shukri Dahlan said: “The eight areas are Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput, Ipoh Barat, Batu Gajah, Manjung, Hilir Perak and Tanjung Malim.”

“The factors that may contribute to public disorder are when politicians harp on racial, religious and fanaticism and the involvement of secret societies (to disrupt the peace).”

As to how the police identified these areas, he said: “From past experiences in the general elections when politicians tend to be aggressive and challenge each other and also the feedback (from the ground) that we have received (from the Special Branch).”

The police have beefed up their forces in these areas for any eventuality and swift action will be taken immediately to curb any public disorder.

He warned politicians not to harp on racial and religious issues and not to take a fanatical approach for political mileage in the coming polls.

Mohd Shukri told this to reporters at a special media conference yesterday at state police headquarters here on the dos and don’ts of conduct for the general election.

Also present were his deputy A Paramasivam and other state heads of departments.

Media told to exercise discretion

Mohd Shukri said there will be two media conferences daily at 11 am and 5pm after nomination day on April 20 and if necessary extra media meets if the situation so demands.

He urged the media to coordinate with the police on sensitive issues and exercise discretion before filing their reports to help maintain peace and harmony in the state.

The media should contact only the state police headquarters for information regarding any untoward events that might occur or other information on political matters, said Mohd Shukri.

He also said special police passes to the media to enter any police station in the state for information during the polls will be issued shortly.

Mohd Shukri also brushed aside allegations by the opposition that they are discriminated in the issuing of police permits for public ceremahs.

He said permits are issued on a first come, first served policy as the police do not want the ruling party and the opposition clashing if permits are issued close to each other.

He also urged political parties not to conduct any ceramahs near religious places and sensitive public areas that might disrupt public order.

He said the police have now shortened the timing of the issuing of permits to politicians to within 24 hours if all the stated conditions for the ceremahs are strictly followed.


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