Reports are coming out that the police are holding back permit for campaign by the parties especially when the campaign activities appear to be capable of attracting big crowds. This definitely deny freedom of campaign to the parties/candidates involved-which inevitably are the Opposition parties. The police as part of the election administration units should be impartial in carrying out their job-especially after they give themselves the right to issue permits for gatherings even when the official election campaign period is on. They must exercise their power fairly and rationally. By giving excuse that the bid gatherings will create traffic jam the police are exposing their incapacity to control traffic, on the 1 hand, and their partisan stand on the other. Do they only give permit to BN’s smaller gatherings?
So far 2 DAP gatherings in Kuching last night was denied permit at last minute by the Kuching police, according to Tony Pua of DAP. We will keep monitoring this very disturbing trend by the law enforcers.
On the other hand the PKR is also facing the issue of lack of police permit in the long houses. The police impose a requirement that the tuai rumah must give approval before the police will give permit. 2 things wrong here: the tuai rumah are paid by the government and are usually playing partisan role. How could the police make such partisan rules? 2nd, the gatherings in long house have never require police permit! How do the police extend their power to the long house traditional ruai without any debate or authorisation? Is the police able to rewrite the rules just for the elections?