SANDAKAN: The police should return a campaign banner belonging to Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), says party deputy president Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai.
He said the banner was taken down by the authorities on May 2.
“Until today, we have not heard anything from the police about the outcome of the investigation (on the banner). This is very disappointing. Polling day is just four days away,” he said on Tuesday (May 7).
He added that the police had said that the banner was taken down because it allegedly violated Section 504 of the Penal Code, which makes it an offence to insult and create provocation that would lead to public disorder or other offence.
The banner had contained remarks by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, and it had been taken down following a report by DAP stating that Lim's words were taken out of context.
Yee said that the banner did not contain any element of an election offence from the Election Commission's viewpoint.
“Despite assurances that the investigation on the banner will be done as fast as possible, the police have not updated us on the progress of the investigation, and have yet to return our banner," said Yee.
“The authorities should either charge PBS with the offence if there are grounds, or return our banner,” he added.
Meanwhile, PBS information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai expressed disappointment that some posters featuring by-election candidate Datuk Linda Tsen were vandalised.
He said the party machinery became aware after seeing some of the posters torn, while others had stickers on the candidate’s face which turned out to be campaign material for another candidate upon closer inspection.