Pengkalan Kubor by-election: 12 police reports lodged to date

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  • Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014

TUMPAT: Police have received 12 reports lodged in relation to the Pengkalan Kubor state by-election campaign, which entered its fifth day Wednesday.

Kelantan police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said one report was being investigated under the Sedition Act 1948.

"The other reports were not about defamation and sedition. I advise all parties holding ceramah (rally) not to say things that are libellous as it can divide the people.

"We also hope that no banners with seditious remarks are displayed during the campaign period," he told reporters at the Pengkalan Kubor Marine Force Base here.

He said so far 25 ceramah had been held as part of the by-election campaign.

Mazlan said the police would take action against any organiser who did not abide by election regulations.

"We want the campaign to be peaceful and harmonious. People who attend the talks should also not park their vehicles haphazardly or bring any dangerous weapons with them.

"They should not destroy or take down party flags hung by the roadside," he said.

On Tuesday, Rantau Panjang Umno Youth head Akbar Salim filed a police report against Kelantan PAS Information chief Datuk Mohd Nasaruddin Daud about a talk the latter held on Sunday which he claimed contained seditious elements.

The by-election is a three-cornered contest among Mat BN's Razi Mat Ail, PAS' Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim and independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

It is being held following the death of three-term assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, on Aug 20.

Noor Zahidi had retained the seat in the General Election held last year with a majority of 1,736 votes, beating Saharun Ibrahim of PKR and Izat Bukhary.

Polling is on Sept 25. - Bernama

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