“These bombs, Molotov cocktails, arson, wielding of parangs and metal rods are unprecedented in Malaysian election campaigns. We are alarmed that the Minister of Home Affairs stated publicly that these happenings would worsen more than a month ago, in what we consider an endorsement of political violence, and that these incidents have indeed occurred.
However, we applaud the police force, especially the Penang police force for taking swift action to pre-empt any further violence and setting up a task force to investigate the incidents,” said Hashim.
Hashim said he has convinced Musa to join Pakatan Rakyat Security Advisory Council.
Hashim also claimed that Pakatan Rakyat plans to increase police salaries by 15%, expand the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and increase funding to support the police force.
“We hereby call for urgent and immediate measures by the agencies concerned to closely monitor the situation. It is their responsibility to ensure that political violence does not escalate both before and after the elections on May 5,” he exclaimed.