IPOH: The police are ready to tackle any potential trouble that could arise in Sungei Siput from nomination day tomorrow, right until polling day on May 9.
Speaking of the hotly-contested parliamentary seat where at least five candidates are vying to become the MP, Sungei Siput police chief Rozeni Ismail said however, that he does not expect any trouble.
“Yesterday, we conducted a simulation for the nomination day and we are ready for it.
“Today, we had meetings with representatives from the Election Commission (EC) to iron out the plan for tomorrow,” he told FMT.
Rozeni added that he had already met with the various candidates in Sungai Siput.
“This was to discuss procedures, the location for their supporters to gather and to confirm that the nomination centre would be at the Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Kangsar hall.
“So far, as I know it’s going to be a five-cornered fight, so the preparation for us is different from those seats contested by just two or three candidates,” he said, referring to the four candidates from PSM, Barisan Nasional, PKR and PAS, as well as an independent candidate.
Considering the number of supporters expected to turn out for the nomination, he pleaded with the candidates to cooperate with the police by helping to control their supporters.
“I do not think there will be any trouble as we met and discussed the issue with all the candidates today and they were cooperative.”
Indian and Chinese voters make up about 70% of the Sungai Siput electorate while Malays form the remaining 30%.
Michael Jeyakumar, a PSM central committee member, is the two-term incumbent in Sungei Siput.
He first ousted long-time incumbent and former MIC president S Samy Vellu in 2008, before taking on another MIC leader, SK Devamany in the 2013 general election, and winning with a bigger majority.
Devamany, who is now the MIC deputy president, will be contesting the seat for BN again in the 14th general election (GE14).