Respect people’s freedom to choose, Dr M tells army, cops

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has penned an open letter to the top brass of the military and police, urging them to ensure there will be no pressure on their men when they cast their votes on May 9.

“It is the duty of every citizen including the members of the armed forces to choose a government that is responsible, trustworthy and has integrity.

“They must be given the freedom to choose,” the Pakatan Harapan chairman said in his letter.

Members of the army and police force are among tens of thousands of early voters, who will cast their ballots on May 5.

Mahathir said while both the army and the police force take instructions from the government of the day, they should only obey matters that are within the laws of the country.

The former prime minister who previously raised the spectre of emergency rule by the Najib administration should elections favour the opposition, said the government could not resort to violence if the police and army refused to cooperate to carry out oppressive measures.

He said the police and the army should not take sides in the event people take part in demonstrations.

“Malaysians do not like violence and riots. I am confident that the security forces will be cautious in executing their duties.