KUALA LUMPUR: Around 10,000 additional police personnel have been deployed nationwide to assist state police in preparation for polling day.
The 10,000 personnel, from Bukit Aman, the General Operations Force, Marine police, Air Wing and other divisions, would bring the number of uniformed personnel on duty during polling day to 68,000.
Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said this total includes 18,000 Rela members and 3,700 police volunteers.
“Rela personnel will mainly be directing traffic while the volunteers will help to man police stations,” he said at a press conference at the General Operations Force base in Cheras on Monday (May 7).
Comm Zulkifli was speaking after he addressed over 600 Federal Reserve Unit personnel at the base on their duties during the coming election.
He said that there have been 227 police investigations opened since Nomination Day on April 28.
“However, all of them are minor cases like mischief. Thankfully, so far there has not been any major incidents,” he said.
Comm Zulkifli advised the public to go vote early and leave the area after voting to avoid causing congestion at polling centres.
“Please be alert to possible road closures or diversions that may be done to aid traffic flow.
“Carpooling is also encouraged,” he said.
He also urged everyone to follow the law and instructions given by police at all times.