IPOH: There will be no state polls in Perak anytime soon.
The state government said this following the spread of a letter stating that the Election Commission (EC) would be visiting schools in Perak to be used as polling centres over the next three months.
The letter which has gone viral, is leading to assumptions being formed that Perak would hit the polls soon.
State Communications and Multimedia committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim said that the state officers have not been able to ascertain the veracity of the letter.
“If the letter is legit, the state government was made to understand that early site visits are a normal practice by state EC offices in their official capacity.
“To interpret the letter that state polls would be held soon is not accurate,” he said in a statement here today.
The letter was allegedly a reply from the Perak State Education Department on an application made by the EC for early site visits to schools that would be used as polling centres.
The letter stated that the department has no objection for the EC to liaise with the schools between 8am to 5pm from Sept 1 to Nov 30.
Hasnul stressed that the state government regarded the dissemination of fake news as a serious issue and would pursue the matter.
Meanwhile, press secretary to the Education Minister, Zul Fikri Zamir said that when the state education department received applications from government agencies or private entities, they would have no objections as long as conditions were met.
He said this was the procedure to gain access into schools for both government and private entities.
“The visit by the EC office is part of its official duties. The state Education Office has followed the proper procedure by giving them the go ahead and the EC also has to notify the schools so that the visits can proceed as planned with the approval from headmasters or principals."