Be impartial towards campaign saboteurs, Zahid tells cops

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urges Malaysians to reject ‘gangsterism’ in politics.

BAGAN DATUK: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the police to be impartial and professional towards those who damage or sabotage the campaign materials of their opponents.

He said the incidents of sabotage in several states including Sarawak reflected gangsterism in the political culture of some.

“This is a democratic country. Malaysia does not need gangster politics. We want mature politics, we want our country to be safe and calm.

“So I want the police not to compromise with anyone who makes such mistakes, regardless of whom. Police do not take sides and they act professionally,” he said here last night.

An unidentified individual was reported to have broken the windscreen of a van used by the campaign machinery of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Bandar Kuching candidate Kho Teck Wan at Tabuan Jaya here on April 28.

In Muar, meanwhile, banners featuring BN’s Bakri candidate Koh Chon Chai were damaged around Bukit Bakri.

Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said the police should continue to monitor the matter so that such incidents do not recur.

“We are asking all political party leaders including their respective party machineries not to take extreme measures, to safeguard the image of the country,” he said.

Zahid also reminded BN’s Gempur Brigade to ensure courtesy and good manners by not raising incidents when campaigning which could undermine the peace and harmony among the people.

“Let’s never take action beyond limits because we reject the culture of gangsterism.

“We tell the party machinery that they have to carry out their duties for the election campaign,” he said.

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