PUTRAJAYA, May 12 – The barbed wire and barricades at roads leading to government offices here were removed at 4pm yesterday, said Putrajaya district police chief ACP Rosly Hassan. He said the barbed wire was mounted on the nomination day on April 28 and later removed, before it was put up again on the polling day for security purposes.
“Prior to this, we have mounted roadblocks in several hotspot areas and installed the barbed wire as there was no announcement made on which party would rule the government. They were removed after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as prime minister last night,” he said when contacted by Bernama last night.
A picture showing barbed wire in front of the Attorney-General’s Chambers building went viral on social media following Dr Mahathir’s statement today that the government was scrutinising cases handled by the attorney-general over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe.
Rosly said the picture was fake news. A check by Bernama late this evening revealed that there was no such barbed wire at the buildings. Meanwhile, about 1,000 supporters of Pakatan Harapan thronged Dataran Putrajaya here to celebrate the victory of the coalition after having formed the new federal government in the 14th General Election (GE14).
The venue, which closed to the public before this, was filled with the crowd and vehicles, carrying PKR’s flags of various sizes. In the GE14, PH won 135 out of 222 parliamentary seats contested. — Bernama