KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has found that a total of 432 ceramah (political talks) for the 15th General Election (GE15) were held without permits yesterday, compared with 46 on Thursday.

Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department (JKDNKA) director, Datuk Seri Hazani Ghazali said Sabah recorded the highest number of talks held without permits at 425, followed by Selangor (three), Kelantan (two), and one each in Perlis and Pahang.

He also said that police had issued 1,037 GE15 ceramah permits yesterday, with Kedah recording the highest number of permits at 173, followed by Negeri Sembilan (172), Perak (155), Selangor (147), Pahang (131), Kelantan (98), Melaka (54), Sarawak (44), Penang (22), Perlis (21) and Kuala Lumpur (20).

“We have also opened 14 investigation papers for various offences, including sedition; criminal intimidation; and damaging flags and signs belonging to political parties and candidates, yesterday,” he said in a statement today.

Hazani, who is also PDRM operations director for GE15, said that there were three cases in Melaka, Kedah (two), Negeri Sembilan (two), Johor (two) and one each in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Sarawak.

He said that two individuals were also detained in Perak and Terengganu to assist in investigations, in accordance with Sections 427 and 435 of the Penal Code, for creating mischief. — Bernama