Johor police approves three campaign permits for by-elections, urges all involved to obey the law

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

JOHOR BARU, Aug 26 — The Johor police have approved a total of three campaign permits for the two by-elections in the state involving the Pulai parliamentary constituency and the Simpang Jeram state seat.

Johor police by-election media spokesman Superintendent Ibrahim Mat Som said the authorities have approved a total of three permits as of 4pm today.

He said the permits involved two applications for the Pulai parliament here and one for the Simpang Jeram state seat in Bakri.

"We urge all contesting parties, as well as their supporters, to adhere and obey the set laws.

"They also need to respect each other throughout the campaigning period," Ibrahim said in a statement tonight.

He was reminding all political parties of the requirements for a permit throughout the 14-day campaigning period starting today.

Any person who campaigns openly without a permit or fails to comply with the conditions of the permit is considered to have committed an offence.

Ibrahim said the relevant parties can consult the police if they face any problems during the campaign period for the two by-elections.

Earlier, the nomination process for Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-election candidates was conducted in a smooth and peaceful manner.

The two seats will see a three-cornered contest following the entry of two independent candidates.

Independent candidate Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi will join Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) candidate Suhaizan Kayat and Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate Zulkifli Jaafar in Pulai.

For Simpang Jeram, independent candidate S. Jegananthan will lock horns with PH’s Nazri Abdul Rahman and PN’s Dr Mohd Mazri Yahya.

Previously, police have reminded all politicians to avoid speaking on issues involving the 3Rs (religion, royalty and race) or making any provocations that could cause unwanted incidents as well as threaten public safety and order.