GEORGE TOWN, July 5 – The police department is calling on all political parties participating in the upcoming general state elections across six states to refrain from engaging in discussions surrounding the sensitive 3R issue, which pertains to race, religion, and the monarchy. Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Razarudin Husain, emphasized the need to maintain a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere within the community throughout the election campaign period.
Tan Sri Razarudin stressed the importance of adhering to election laws, including the Election Offenses Act 1954 and the Sedition Act. He advised political parties against using inappropriate language, particularly regarding the 3R issue, as it has the potential to fuel disharmony and unrest among the public. The objective is to ensure a tranquil state election where voters can make their choices without any disturbances.
During a press conference held at the Penang Police Contingent Headquarters following a review of election preparations, Tan Sri Razarudin announced that recording officers and zone officers would monitor all campaign activities, including political rallies. Any instances where the 3R issue is raised will be thoroughly investigated by either the Bukit Aman (Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters) or the respective police contingents. A total of 40,000 police officers and personnel will be deployed across the six states involved in the general state elections.
Regarding the Penang Contingent, Tan Sri Razarudin revealed that 663 police officers and personnel would be assigned to assist throughout the election. This group comprises individuals from Bukit Aman and other states participating in the election. Political parties were advised to apply for ceramah permits in advance, with assurance from the police that applications would be processed within 24 hours. However, parties were encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid clashes with other groups in the same area.
Tan Sri Razarudin expressed his satisfaction with the election preparation briefing provided by the Penang Contingent, noting that the recommendations, proposals, and requests put forth by the Penang Chief of Police were well-balanced and would not impede the progress of the state elections. In addition to Penang, the other five states hosting the general state elections are Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu.
Penang has 40 State Legislative Assembly seats, with Pakatan Harapan securing 37 seats in the 2018 General Election when Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) was still a part of the coalition. As the state elections draw near, the police advisory serves as a reminder to political parties to conduct their campaigns responsibly, focusing on issues that foster unity rather than division. By avoiding sensitive topics like the 3R issue, parties can contribute to a peaceful and harmonious electoral process that upholds democratic principles and allows the voices of the people to be heard.