11 reports received so far on Pulai, Simpang Jeram polls, say Johor cops

MUAR: The Johor police have so far received 11 reports related to the Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections, says Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat.

The Johor police chief said that since nomination day on Saturday (Aug 26) until Monday (Aug 28), the Johor Baru North police had received seven reports, followed by Johor Baru South with three reports and Iskandar Puteri with one.

"So far, the Johor police have not received any reports from Muar.

"However, Bukit Aman has opened up investigation papers under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 related to a ceramah that was held in Simpang Jeram," he said in a press conference at the Muar police quarters here.

Comm Kamarul Zaman was referring to a speech by PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang where he allegedly questioned the authorisation of the Pardons Board.

He said the police report in connection with Abdul Hadi's case was made in Kuala Lumpur.

"The incident happened in Johor but the police report was made in Kuala Lumpur. We will assist Bukit Aman in the investigation," he said.

He said Abdul Hadi's case was so far the only report related to the 3R (royalty, religion and race) issue and that the police will continue to monitor the matter, including on social media.

"So far, we have not received any reports of fighting or arguments in connection to the campaigns in both Pulai and Simpang Jeram.

"Our voters are matured. We would like to thank all groups for being able to maintain harmony," he said.

He also reminded all parties to adhere to the time frame that has been approved on their campaign permits during the election.

"There was an incident where a party failed to adhere to the time frame outlined, and we have sent out officers to advise them accordingly. They then adhere to it.

"The reason we have such a time frame is to avoid clashes among parties contesting. This is part of our effort to facilitate the campaign process," he said, adding that the use of drones without approval is also not allowed.

He also reminded parties to refrain from having any campaign activities in places of worship such as mosques and surau.

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