Saturday, December 14

CP: Police all set for 14th general election


Amer inspects a parade mounted by personnel from the Limbang District police headquarters.

LIMBANG: The police are in a state of preparedness since two months ago to face any possibility, including threats, to ensure that the forthcoming general election is the best and orderly run.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Amer Awal said the preparation had been carried out since January involving a total of 7,107 officers and men during the actual election day.

“For the interior areas, they will be stationed there from three days earlier to two days after the election before they could return to their respective bases.

“More time is needed in the interior areas with communication problems; they will have to travel by rivers, air or logging roads,” he told a press conference at district police headquarters here yesterday.

For the early voting, Amer said 4,229 officers and men would be involved.

He added that their budget for the election had been submitted to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during his recent visit to Sarawak.

Amer also reminded the public and political parties not to cause tension or threats that could jeopardise the election process.

Here in Limbang, he said that election trainings on Light Strike Force and Public Order Riot Unit would be enforced if the situation warrants it.

Sibu District police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, and Limbang police chief DSP Tega Bilong were also present at the press conference.