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Malaysia GE13: Security at rallies to be beefed up, says police chief

Published on Apr 24, 2013 5:59 PM
The Barisan Nasional rally at the BN Nibong Tebal main operation centre was rocked by a mysterious explosion behind its main tents on April 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

IPOH, Perak (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - All state police chiefs have been instructed to increase security at ceramah venues after an explosion at a Barisan Nasional rally in Penang on Tuesday.

"We will increase security before and during a ceramah, which is why we ask all political parties to inform us of their ceramah," Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said, using the Malay word 'ceramah' for 'rally'.

"I want to assure the public that we have everything under control and are using all elements within the police force to apprehend the culprit.

"I'm issuing a warning to whoever is responsible, surrender before we apprehend you," he said in a press conference in Perak on Wednesday.

Mr Ismail said early investigations revealed that the explosion was caused by a homemade explosive.