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Johor polls: Police investigate political party flag burning incidents

JOHOR BAHRU (February 28): Police are investigating incidents of burning and throwing of flags of political parties vying for the Johor State elections in Layang-Layang State constituency of Kluang, Monday February 28.

Johor Police Chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said so far that they have found three political party flags which were burned and thrown during regular patrols carried out in the state constituency on Monday morning.

“This morning, while the police were conducting regular patrols (in Layang-Layang State constituency), they found several (political party) flags; three flags were burned and thrown away.

“Police will carry out a thorough investigation to identify the mastermind behind the incidents, including calling on representatives of political parties to participate in the investigation,” he told reporters after visiting several election campaign locations in Johor on Monday. of contenders around Johor Bahru.

He also advised all political parties contesting the Johor elections and their supporters to campaign maturely and avoid being overly emotional as this could lead to fights.

Layang-Layang State Headquarters will witness a four-way competition between Dr. Maszlee Malik (PKR), Alagathiran Krishnan (PN-Bersatu), Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim (BN-UMNO) and Ahmad Shafiq Othaman (Pejuang ).

Kamarul Zaman reminded all parties involved in the Johor elections to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) established by the authorities to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“If the rules say the campaign has to end at 10 p.m., just end it, there’s no need to ask for an extension. SOP compliance isn’t something too hard to do. If the people are still stubborn, we will act; it’s easy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the polls spokesperson for the Johor Police Contingent Headquarters, Superintendent Ibrahim Mat Som, said in a statement that the police had opened three investigative documents relating to the Johor state elections. from Saturday February 26 to Sunday February 27.

He said two cases were being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code or Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, while another case was being investigated. being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code or Rule 16 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases. (Measures in local infected areas) Regulations 2021.

He said a total of 53 ceramah (political talks) permits have been approved across Johor.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set Johor’s Election Day for March 12, with early voting on March 8.