Respect logos of all political parties, says Zahid

GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged all political parties to respect each other’s party flags and logos in the coming general election.

This included the parties who have decided to adopt the use of a common logo, an indirect reference to Pakatan Harapan’s decision announced last night to use the PKR’s logo as the common symbol for all Pakatan candidates.

“Regardless of the symbols each party wishes to use, we need to respect the logos of opposing parties. Even if there are parties who are not using their own party logo but that of a common logo, respect that too,” he said.

“I do not want any incidents of taking down, ripping apart or destroying of any party symbols.”

He called on election workers of each political party (to ensure such incidents do not happen); the police should assist them, to ensure there is no provocation anywhere.

Zahid made his remarks at a press conference after a working visit to the state contingent police headquarters here.

He also welcomed the Pakatan choice of the PKR logo. PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made the announcement in Johor Bahru last night, a decision which had been widely expected.

It is the first time all major opposition parties have put forward a common election symbol in Peninsular Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Zahid said several flash points – areas where trouble is expected to happen – have been identified by police, based on what happened in the last general election in 2013.

Zahid, who is Home Minister, did not pinpoint the problematic areas, merely saying that it covered both Barisan Nasional and opposition-led states.

“This is based on information received from Special Branch officers. We are not only focusing on specific states. If we can maintain order in these areas, God willing there will be no unrest or problems arising,” he said.

“Even when we have identified such problematic areas, of course we do not want any unrest. The priority is to protect the people.”