KOTA KINABALU: More than 1,000 police officers will be mobilised for the Sandakan parliamentary by-election next week.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said police would deploy as many manpower as possible to monitor security and prevent untoward incidents during the by-election on May 11.
“We received instructions from Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to deploy as many manpower as possible to ensure a smooth by-election.
“As of today’s campaign period and even during nomination day on April 27, everything went smoothly without any incident and we therefore hope it will remain this way right up to election day,” he said.
Omar said this during a blood donation campaign held in conjunction with the 212th Police Day celebration at Imago Shopping Mall here yesterday.
He also reminded all party candidates and their supporters to abide by the Election Act 1958, Election Offences Act 1958 and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 to ensure a smooth election.
He also hoped all parties must respect one another and not to create any negative or sensitive issues that could cause unrest, provocations and disturbances.
In yesterday’s event, 248 police officers and members of the public took part in the blood donation campaign that was jointly organised by the Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital.
Also present were Deputy Commissioner Police Datuk Zaini Jass and other senior police officers.