KUALA LUMPUR, September 5 – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has initiated an investigation into Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over allegations that he issued a statement stating that it is haram (forbidden) to vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Suhaizan Kaiat in the Pulai Parliamentary by-election scheduled for this Saturday. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said the investigation into the Chairman of Perikatan Nasional (PN) was carried out under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code for making statements that caused fear and public alarm and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
He said the police received a report regarding Muhyiddin’s statement, which was made at a police station here, and the investigation was conducted by the Elite Crime Investigation Unit of the Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department. Further action will see the police take his (Muhyiddin’s) statement in the near future, he told on Monday. Last Saturday, the Member of Parliament for Pagoh allegedly issued a statement during a Ceramah Perdana (main talk) at Dataran Utama Kempas in Johor Bahru, stating that it is “haram to vote for Suhaizan.”
The by-election for the Pulai Parliamentary seat and the Simpang Jeram State Assembly seat was held following an unexpected vacancy due to the death of the incumbent Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub on July 23. The Election Commission (EC) has set early voting for September 5 and polling day for September 9.