Following the spike in local COVID-19 cases after the Sabah state elections, several vulgar banners criticising the government were sighted in different parts of Ipoh
Photos of the banners featuring the phrase "F**k politik 317 kes" (Fuck politics 317 cases) and "Rakyat jaga rakyat, menteri jaga poket" (The people take care of the people, ministers take care of their pockets) went viral on social media.
The banners were sighted yesterday, 4 October, and one was put up at the pedestrian bridge at Jalan Raja Ashman Shah, near the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.
Meanwhile, the other banner was located at the food court of Stadium Perak at Jalan Stadium.
Police have opened enquiry papers (KEP) for a preliminary investigation into the banners
New Straits Times reported that police received a tip-off on the presence of the banner outside of the hospital yesterday.
Ipoh district police chief ACP A Asmadi Abdul Aziz said, "Policemen went to the scene, but the banner had been removed. However, they managed to find the banner in a dustbin behind the bus station near the pedestrian bridge."
Meanwhile, when police arrived at the food court of Stadium Perak to find the other banner, they discovered that it had also been removed.
"They conducted checks near the area but couldn't find it," he added.
Police personnel have taken the banner to the police station for further investigation