Permatang Pauh by-election will be costly: Syed Hamid

By SIM LEOI LEOI, The Star online

PUTRAJAYA: The by-election in Permatang Pauh, which will see PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting, will be a “costly affair”.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said there were both “direct and indirect” costs involved in ensuring that the whole democratic process was run efficiently and peacefully.

“The by-election is too soon after the general election in March. If (former MP) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said earlier that she was giving way to Anwar, then the voters may have decided differently then.

“People don’t usually see the indirect costs. More policemen will need to be deployed to Permatang Pauh to ensure that the whole process is conducted smoothly and peacefully, and to ensure there is no untoward incident.

“This whole operation costs extra money,” he told reporters Tuesday after the ministry’s monthly assembly here. [more]

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