BUKIT MERTAJAM: A busload of suspected “phantom voters” was stopped by “unruly protesters from a political party” in Bandar Perda here today.
The “protesters” proceeded to attack the “voters” and chaos ensued.
A police patrol car on rounds turned up to stop the “fracas” but looking at the “unruly crowd”, they immediately called for backup.
Within minutes, a light strike force comprising police officers in anti-riot gear arrived.
When the crowd refused to disperse and began attacking police officers, the officers fired tear gas.
A curious crowd of bystanders watched as the “drama” unfolded and some only realised later that it was a just a police drill to prepare for the 14th general election, which must be called by August next year.
Despite being affected by the tear gas fired during the drill, Central Seberang Perai police district chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid was happy with the efficiency displayed by his men.
“My men carried out their given tasks well and I hope they will be able to cope with any situation that may crop up during the GE14 period,” he told reporters today.
Nik Ros said 210 police officers from various departments participated in today’s drill, including 60 who played the role of “demonstrators”.
He said for the coming polls, 847 officers from his district will be on duty, with another 121 officers in specific security details in the state.