Friday, August 23

Keep election peaceful, Lam Thye tells all parties

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Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

KUCHING: Vice chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, yesterday called on all political parties, their campaigners, supporters and all voters to ensure that the 13th general election will be peaceful to prove to the world that Malaysia is a matured democracy.

Lee, who is also the Trustee of 1Malaysia Foundation, said although a few ugly incidents had occurred; all parties concerned could still do their part to prevent any form of political violence from now till polling day.

“Let us all make it our resolve to ensure a smooth and violence-free election so that all eligible voters can cast their votes and exercise their democratic right to determine the future of our country.

“By all counts, this 13th general election will be keenly watched not only by all Malaysians but also by foreign nations as a watershed election in our nation’s history,” he said in a press statement issued yesterday.

He told candidates from across the political divide to exercise maturity when campaigning and ensure that the election was free from violence.

Saying all forms of political violence must be condemned, he pointed to the recent incident where an improvised explosive device (IED) placed near the grounds of a political party’s ceramah site exploded resulting in the injury of a party worker and supporter.

Such deplorable incidents had marred the election campaign and the police needed to step up surveillance and inspection of ceramah locations to prevent a recurrence of such an ugly incident, he added, stressing the role of the police in ensuring the smooth and peaceful conduct of the general election was very crucial.

He also advised voters not to be deterred because of some isolated incidents, telling them to exercise their sacred and democratic right on May 5. #myvote13 #ge13