Promise of a smooth run

“Protesters” clashing with the police during the security drill at Dataran Dewan Jubli Intan, Pontian. — REMAR NORDIN/ The Star

PONTIAN: Police are prepared to face any eventualities, including violent clashes between rival supporters, that could take place during the Tanjung Piai by-election.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din said police conducted various simulations and coordination exercises to better understand the flow of the coming by-election.

“We have prepared. A total of 1,710 police officers and personnel from all departments will be involved in the by-election.

“This includes 250 officers and personnel from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), Light Strike Force (LSF), and Public Order and Riot Unit (PORU) as preparation for a worst-case scenario,” he said.

Comm Kamaruddin was met after the Tanjung Piai by-election security drills at Dataran Dewan Jubli Intan, Pontian.

He is confident the by-election process will run smoothly without any incident.

“My assurance to the people in Tanjung Piai is that the police will do everything they can to ensure the safety and security of the public, from nomination day until polling day,” he said.

There has been no police report regarding the by-election until today, he added.

Meanwhile, on the security exercise, Comm Kamaruddin said the police will conduct a post mortem of the drill to better enhance coordination between the three public control units, namely the FRU, LSF, and PORU.

“The drill is conducted to show our readiness to face the worst possible scenario happening during the nomination, polling and announcement of results.

“But rest assured that this scenario will not happen in Tanjung Piai and police has taken early prevention steps by dividing the political supporters into separate sections so that they would not be able to interact with one another,” he said.

He added that, aside from having separate spaces, the area between the political supporters will also be barricaded, with police officers and personnel present.

The departments involved during the by-election include the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID), Crime Investigation Department (CID), Traffic, Special Branch, and general work.

The exercise saw the men in blue conducting a security drill to address any untoward incident that might occur during the election.

In the two scenarios, police had to deal with “supporters” from two political parties who blocked the vote-counting centre and rioted.

The Election Commission has fixed nomination on Nov 2 and polling on Nov 16 for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency.

The by-election was called following the death of its incumbent MP, Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, last Sept 21 due to heart complications.

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