GEORGE TOWN: THE Penang police have given tips to political parties to avoid untoward incidents during the campaign period.
One of these is to apply for police permits before their ceramah.
State general election police spokesman Asst Comm Rosee Chik said despite the police handing out application forms, many have failed to heed the advice.
"The permit will allow us to know the venues of these ceramah so we can deploy our men there to ensure public safety," he said.
His advice came in light of the recent spate of violence and untoward incidents which had taken place.
On Wednesday night, a photographer from a local Chinese daily was injured after 50 Mat Rempit disrupted a DAP ceramah in Bukit Gelugor just as the incumbent MP, Karpal Singh, was about to speak.
It is believed that one of the motorcyclists, who wore blue 1Malaysia T-shirt, had hit K.W. Sin, who continued photographing the incident despite being warned not to.
Earlier, Datuk Keramat incumbent Jagdeep Singh Deo's speech was also disrupted when a group appeared and revved their motorcycles and booed and heckled the speaker. Police had to stop the ceramah to prevent any undesirable incidents.
Sri Delima incumbent R.S.N. Rayer admitted that the ceramah had been carried out without a permit.