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DPM: By-Elections Most Peaceful Thus Far

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KUALA KANGSAR: Political maturity and a hard-working police force have made the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar the most peaceful by-elections so far, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said only 11 police reports were lodged and five investigation papers opened since the by-election campaign kicked off over a week ago.

“We hope that this will be maintained until June 18.

“This is not just about compliance to the Election Commission Act or the Police Act but more than that, it is about the maturity to respect the democratic system to ensure that the elections proceed smoothly,” he told reporters after visiting a police tactical command centre set up for the polls here yesterday.

The police, added Dr Ahmad Zahid, had also engaged with all political and party leaders.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi later told reporters that six people had been arrested for various election offences and released on police bail.

“Those detained included two over the paragliding incident,” he said, adding that 2,500 police personnel would be deployed on polling day.

Earlier, Dr Ahmad Zahid also announced that another Mara Junior Science College would be built in Perak for the children of police personnel.

“We have identified the land and bought it. The tender will be issued by the end of this month. The site and further details will be announ­ced soon by the MP,” he said.

Quarters for police officers around the country, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, would also be checked by the ministry to ensure that they live comfortably.

“Some of the quarters that I’ve seen look derelict and we will work on improving that.”

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