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Police keep tabs on anti-PSS rally today

15th January, 2020


PENAMPANG: Police will be deploying minimal manpower in securing the Himpunan Solidariti Rakyat Bantah PSS (Sabah Temporary Pass) assembly in Membakut today, as campaigning at the Kimanis parliamentary by-election heats up.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the manpower should be enough to thwart the event of a riot.

He said to date they have received a total of 11 reports all throughout the campaign so far and six have been opened for investigation.

“Five reports came from Papar and the rest, Membakut,” he told a press conference during a working visit to the Penampang police station here on Tuesday.

Police are looking into offences under Section 10 (bribery) and 4A(1) of the Election Offences Act for promoting hostility and damaging or removing campaign banners.

Two different sections involve slander that is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

“Up to Monday, 181 permits for holding talks have been approved. These applications came from Beaufort and Membakut, totalling 103 and 78 respectively.”

Beaufort police chief, DSP Azmir Razak, when contacted, meanwhile detailed 112 permit applications came from Parti Warisan and 69 from Barisan Nasional.

Omar believes the campaign season has gone smoothly without threat to the public’s safety.

“The organising NGO should obey the rules laid down by the district police chief and remind their supporters to do the same.

“It is part of their duty to restrict the crowd from provocation which may incite riots. Respect Sabah’s unity and stay away from brewing hatred,” he said.

The political game is getting heated up in Kimanis as the days draw close to vote casting day and the PSS is the main issue tossed about.

The 9.30am rally at the old shoplots of Membakut town is expected to feature talks by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Yong Teck Lee, Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan and Joniston Bangkuai.

It is organised by Sabah People’s Education Improvement Organisation (PIPA) and Solidariti Rakyat Sabah (SORAK).

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