Massive police presence to safeguard Malaysia’s general election

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Around 68,000 uniformed police will be deployed during Malaysia’s polling day on May 9, including 12,700 civil and police volunteers, according to Malaysia’s Internal Security and Public Order Department, a unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs in charge of the enforcement of the country’s internal security laws.

While a part of the police personnel will direct traffic to and from polling stations to prevent congestion, officers are also monitoring more than 1,100 persons who have been identified as “potential troublemakers” nationwide. Reacting to reports from the public and intelligence units, 17 arrests were already made in connection with the general election in the two weeks ahead of polling day.

Meanwhile, Malaysian expats rallied in London over what they claimed are electoral discrepancies. Around 30 members of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections staged a rally on Trafalgar Square on May 7, The Star reported. Voters claimed that they had not yet received their ballot papers, meaning it would be impossible for their votes to reach Malaysia by the 5pm deadline on May 9..

Overall, about 15 million Malaysians are registered to vote in the election expected to become a tight race for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled for six decades, against a resurgent opposition led by former leader Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir at a speech on May 6 called for voters old and young and of all races to turn out in large numbers in a “people’s tsunami to beat the ruling government,” adding that the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope, has the target to win with a “10,000- to 20,000-vote majority.”

“Why do we want to defeat them? Because they are a government of thieves,” he told the crowd.

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Around 68,000 uniformed police will be deployed during Malaysia’s polling day on May 9, including 12,700 civil and police volunteers, according to Malaysia’s Internal Security and Public Order Department, a unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs in charge of the enforcement of the country’s internal security laws.

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Around 68,000 uniformed police will be deployed during Malaysia’s polling day on May 9, including 12,700 civil and police volunteers, according to Malaysia’s Internal Security and Public Order Department, a unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs in charge of the enforcement of the country’s internal security laws.

While a part of the police personnel will direct traffic to and from polling stations to prevent congestion, officers are also monitoring more than 1,100 persons who have been identified as “potential troublemakers” nationwide. Reacting to reports from the public and intelligence units, 17 arrests were already made in connection with the general election in the two weeks ahead of polling day.

Meanwhile, Malaysian expats rallied in London over what they claimed are electoral discrepancies. Around 30 members of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections staged a rally on Trafalgar Square on May 7, The Star reported. Voters claimed that they had not yet received their ballot papers, meaning it would be impossible for their votes to reach Malaysia by the 5pm deadline on May 9..

Overall, about 15 million Malaysians are registered to vote in the election expected to become a tight race for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled for six decades, against a resurgent opposition led by former leader Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir at a speech on May 6 called for voters old and young and of all races to turn out in large numbers in a “people’s tsunami to beat the ruling government,” adding that the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope, has the target to win with a “10,000- to 20,000-vote majority.”

“Why do we want to defeat them? Because they are a government of thieves,” he told the crowd.

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