Ahad, 27 Mac 2011

Police too shy to reveal security cost of Sarawak elections?

The police charge upwards of Rm5mil to provide security to 1 by-election. So there are 71 elections to be held at the state elections-so their budget can go upwards of Rm5mil X 71 =Rm355mil. Is the police feeling that they are charging too much to the government/tax payers for `covering’ just peaceful elections? If not why are they so shy to reveal the amount involved and let the public decide if the amount is about right? In comparison the EC charge 50mil for organising the entire state election-well below RM1mil/constituency.

Police assure voters of safety
Posted on March 26, 2011, Saturday(Borneo Post)
JOB WELL DONE: Law (left) presents a certificate of commendation to D8 officer in charge ASP Abdul Razak Abdul Wahab.
KUCHING: The police have taken preventive measures to address the possibility of gangsters being ‘employed’ to intimidate voters during the coming state election.
State deputy commissioner of police Datuk Law Hong Soon assured the voting public that they have nothing to fear come election time.
“We have already discussed on this issue and have taken steps to address this area on concern.
“There is nothing to fear because we are on top of the situation and are able to contain it,” he said during a press conference following the 204th Police Day celebration held at state police headquarters here yesterday.
Law, however, was quick to point out that the police have never received a report that gangsters were being utilised to harass voters in the state, and suggested that the alleged involvement of roughnecks could merely be a “general perception”.

“Don’t be influenced by this general perception of gangster involvement and don’t get caught up with unhealthy speculation. Relay any information to the police and we will take action,” he stressed.
In past state elections, there had been unsubstantiated allegations that certain quarters engaged the ‘services’ of thugs while on the campaign trail and also on polling day to intimidate voters in their favour.
Law also warned those participating in the coming election not to sensationalise issues which could cause disharmony among the people, adding that the police are working closely with the Election Commission and other relevant agencies to ensure a smooth and peaceful election.
On the state of readiness of the police, the deputy commissioner said the police have “covered all angles” and were prepared for any eventuality.
He said there was enough manpower to ensure that public order and security are taken care of, although he declined to reveal the exact number of personnel involved except to say a majority of them would come from Sabah.
When asked about the financial cost borne by the police for the election, Law revealed the figure was “quite substantial, but within our capabilities”.
He also took the opportunity to advise all parties to apply for police permits through the respective district police chiefs should they wish to hold political gatherings during the campaign period.
Earlier, Law led the Sarawak contingent’s 204th Police Day parade and read out an address on behalf of IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar to personnel of all departments, civilian staff, as well as police cadets from secondary schools.
Among those present include state CID chief SAC Huzir Mohamed, Special Branch chief Datuk Alladin Kassim, management department head Datuk Ahmad Sofian Mohd Yassin, Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Moses Agat, and Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Firdaus Abdullah.

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