Opposition party supporters have been urged to stop acting like the police during the Kuala Terengganu by-election on Jan 17 to avoid any untoward incident.

Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said they should not act as they wished since it was the police job to maintain security and public order.

“They must not use tactics like stopping buses and putting up roadblocks,” he said after visiting ailing Wook Mohamad, 68, at Kampung Losong, Panglima Perang near here Saturday.

The Rural and Regional Development Minister said opposition party supporters had deployed such tactics during past elections.

“They stopped the buses and checked personal items. The tactics were meant to scare away voters,” he said.

Muhammad said this should not be the case as the people should not be deprived of their right to vote.