KAJANG: Some 1,300 police personnel will be despatched to man security points and maintain public order during the by-election campaigning period here, which will run for 12-days.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the personnel would be despatched from various state police contingents.
"We are despatching additional manpower to protect the public and maintain order from the start of the campaign through polling day on March 23," he said here Tuesday.
Zahid who is Umno vice-president, also reminded the Barisan Nasional election machinery to heed Barisan deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's advice to refrain from personal attacks.
"We will not subject our opponents to personal attacks. We are campaigning based on our strengths and capabilities," he stressed.
The by-election will be held following the resignation of PKR representative Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27.
Barisan's candidate is MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, while PKR is fielding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
On another matter, Zahid commended Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for "raising above politics" to work with the Federal Government to find a solution to the Klang Valley water woes.
"By working with the Federal Government, Khalid is putting the interests of the people ahead of other considerations," he added.
The Federal and Selangor Governments had signed a memorandum of understanding on water restructuring in the state, which included the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant.
PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli claimed that the party leadership had no knowledge of the deal has also alleged that the MoU was lopsided and "a loss for the people of Selangor".