By Foong Chee Wai, Malaysiakini
Six Malaysians are under investigation in Singapore after initiating a campaign urging fellow Malaysians there to return home to vote in the 13th general election.
They were requested to go to a police station as they did not have a permit.
One participant, Liew Sze Ping, said that a dozen of them had begun their campaign yesterday at 10am in crowded areas near Bugis Street and Tampines.
Liew said those in the group had walked about quietly along pavements, carrying posters and placards, without disturbing the public order.
They only responded when receiving enquiries, Liew, who is the group’s representative. Other participants refused to be named.
Liew said police personnel had approached them about 4pm, requesting them to go to a police station to assist in investigations.
They were told that they were being investigated under the Public Order Act which states that those wishing to advocate any campaign or idea must get a permit in advance from the police.
Liew stressed that their action is for a good and noble cause – to help by persuading Malaysians in Singapore to return home and vote on May 5.
A large number of Malaysians work in Singapore, and they could have a significant impact on the election results if they vote.
It is learnt that bus and air tickets from Singapore to various towns in Malaysia are fast selling out.
This article was first published on Malaysiakini. The Online Citizen would like to thank Malaysiakini for allowing us to republish their article.