RM15mil was used to police the Kuala Terengganu by-election, involving about 3376 police personnel over about 10 days(to be confirmed). This roughly equal to RM500/day/police. Wow-what an `outing’ for the police at Kuala Terengganu seaside! How many local voters got the contract to supply various items that make up the RM15mil? Did the local police also enjoy the special pay to go on duty for the by-election? Another thing funny: how come canopy rental (RM6mil) expenses are more expensive than `food and accommodation'(RM4.5mil)? Did these canopies come with special air con like in the hotels? These are some of the disturbing questions that voters may ask which may impact on the election’s fairness.
RM15m to police KT by-election
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 – The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) spent RM15.153 million for deployment of personnel for the recent Kuala Terengganu by-election, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the cost incurred was higher than that spent for the by-election in Permatang Pauh.
He said the expenses incurred for the Kuala Terengganu by-election were for travelling and living allowance (RM2.7 million), communication and utilities (RM50,000), canopy rentals (RM6 million), dried food and beverages (RM65,000), fuel and spare parts (RM698,000), raw materials and others (RM310,000), maintenance and minor repairs (RM830,000) and food stuff and accommodation (RM4.5 million).
He said a total of 3,376 police personnel from various branches in the PDRM were deployed to maintain order and ensure smooth election of the Kuala Terengganu by-election.
No incident of rioting or other untoward incidents occurred during the by-election, he said in response to a question by Amran Ab. Ghani (PKR-Tanah Merah) who wanted to know the cost incurred by the police for the by-election and on incidents that happened during the period.
To a supplementary question from Amran on whether there would be a similar strength of police deployment for the by-elections in Bukit Selambau, Kedah and Bukit Gantang in Perak, Chor said it would depend on the Election Commission (EC).
If there was instruction from the EC that the situation in areas where the by-elections would be held required tighter control so that voters could go out to exercise their rights without fear, then the police would act, he added.
However, he said, the police would analyse the situation in the affected areas first to determine the number of personnel to be deployed for the task.
In response to a supplementary question by Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (BN-Batu Pahat), Chor agreed that the presence of many police personnel had resulted in a smooth election for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election. – Bernama