Streram: Police have already probed 'through the barricades' incident


SEREMBAN: Pakatan Harapan Rantau by-election candidate Dr S. Streram says the police have already probed the incident where he went through a police barricade to enter the nomination centre during last May's general election.

Dr Streram said that former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun even testified during the hearing at a Special Election Court here in October last year.

He was responding to calls by Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan for authorities to probe the incident.

"I think that was the right thing for me to do. Police have already investigated. When I had my court case, the IGP himself came in and testified as my witness," said Dr Streram.

Mohamad Fuzi had told the court that during nomination for the Rantau state seat in the last general election on April 28, 2018, Election Commission (EC) returning officer, Amino Agus Suyub, had requested police assistance to stop Dr Streram from entering the nomination centre.

Dr Streram said he called Rafizi for advice when he was refused entry into the nomination centre for not possessing a tag or a pass, who then advised him to break through the police barricade.

"We waited patiently outside the nomination centre and still the police denied me entry and the EC did not allow me in.

"There was no choice and I had to do it," he told reporters in Rantau near here on Thursday (April 11).

In a ceramah on Wednesday night (April 10), Rafizi admitted that he was the one who told Dr Streram to break through the police barricade.

The Rantau by-election was triggered following a Federal Court decision to uphold an earlier ruling by the Election Court to nullify the results for Rantau.

In GE14, Umno deputy president Mohamad won the state seat unopposed after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have a tag or a pass.

Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed Dr Streram's petition for a by-election on the grounds that Mohamad's election victory was not valid.

"For this by-election, the EC is better as I was given the necessary pass when I went to pay my deposit before contesting," added Dr Streram.

The Rantau polls is the seventh by-election post-GE14, and the third to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands and Semenyih.

Polling day this Saturday will see Dr Streram and Mohamad in a four-cornered fight along with independent candidates R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin for the state seat.

The constituency, about a 25 minutes drive away from here, has 20,926 registered voters with 55.51% Malay, 18.46% Chinese, 26% Indian and others at 0.03%.