What are we going to do about balls carriers? Dr M questions 10-day notice requirement for GE14 ceramah. There would be only two days of campaigning if the police were to
impose a 10-day notice for ceramahs by candidates who are not contesting
in a given constituency, said Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“There are only 13 days left from today until polling day. “If we have to submit a 10-day notice, that would mean we will only
be left with two more days to campaign,” Mahathir said in a video posted
on his official Facebook page this morning. Mahathir was responding to a reported remark by Perak police chief Hasnan Hassanthat candidates or their agents could apply to the
district police headquarters for a permit to hold their ceramahs, and
that their applications would be processed almost immediately.
Hasnan said the permits issued under Section 24B(4) of the Election
Offences Act 1954 were necessary to prevent clashes between rivalling
political parties. At the same time, online portal Free Malaysia Today also
quoted Hasnan as saying that candidates who wished to campaign in other
constituencies should instead submit a 10-day notice as required under
Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Mahathir further described the move as yet another tactic by
caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to hinder Harapan’s campaign. “This is just another restriction that Najib hopes will bring victory to them (BN),” said Mahathir, who will be contesting in Langkawi, but has been leading Harapan’s ongoing ceramah sessions nationwide even before the nomination day tomorrow.
‘No such requirement’
Human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), meanwhile, said
that the Election Offences Act 1954 has no restrictions against
candidates from campaigning in another constituency. “The claim of having such a rule by the Perak police chief can only
be described as a folly as it is not stated as such by the law… “Any and all political party would be receiving help from their party
members which would also be candidates in their own right,” Suaram’s
executive director Sevan Doraisamy said in a statement.
“A free and fair election is the foundation of any democratic nation,
and an election would not be free and fair if the state were to impose
harsh conditions on political candidates and their supporters for their
campaigns,” he stressed.
Mahathir : The little Napoleons are the head of 5 agencies – Registry of Societies (RoS), Election Commission, MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), Attorney General and Chief Justice. Obviously, all the Najib-friendly appointees had done dirty works, one way or another, for the defeated former prime minister. Now that Najib is powerless, all hell breaks loose.