The affected areas where the flags were torn or vandalised and defaced were at Jalan Bakri / Jalan Sakeh, Lorong Taha Sharif, Jalan Haji Jaib and in Taman Bakri Jaya.
Most of the BN material featured the face of BN Bakri parliamentary candidate Chris Lee Chin Yong. Some were ripped apart, while others had graffiti on them or splashed with black paint.
BN Bakri parliamentary candidate representative Fan Nong Shin said he received a call at 12pm yesterday by an unknown person saying in Mandarin that the BN flags and banners in some areas had been vandalised.
“A check revealed that the bamboo poles used for the banners were broken on purpose and the BN logo was disfigured.
“It was rather sad as the BN flags were also ripped-off and thrown into the drain, while there was one banner with graffiti painted with the words “Hancur” on it,” he said.
Present at the press conference was Chris Lee, BN Bentayan state seat candidate Helen Fong Soh Lan and Jalan Sakeh Polling District Centre chairman Soh Seng Yap.
According to Fan, he believed that the incident occurred between 12am and 4am today as the volunteers had completed putting-up the party materials at 11pm on Nomination Day yesterday.
“I took several photos of the damaged flags and banners before lodging a police report at the Muar police station at 2.12pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lee said he believed that those responsible for the act were irresponsible and were bent on ruining the image of the candidate and also BN.
He said such acts can jearpodise the democratic process and a fair and just election system.
“Besides lodging a police report, we have also reported the incident to the Bakri Election Commission security chief for further action.
“In an effort to avoid a repeat of the incident, a team will monitor and check on the BN flags and banners every night until polling day on May 5,” said Lee.