The police were given an earful by PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli for erecting a barricade of Dannert (razor) wire to keep BN and PKR supporters at bay, during the Kajang by-election nomination process this morning.
As supporters started to disperse following the announcement of a straight fight between PKR and BN, Rafizi gave an emotive speech addressed to police accusing them of apeing "Israel's oppression of Palestine".
"You are treating the rakyat as enemies, simply because you need to protect (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) and (wife) Rosmah (Mansor) ...,” he said via a loudspeaker and facing the anti-riot squad.
"Razor wire is a symbol of Israeli oppression of Palestine, so tell your superiors never to use it again."
Although the police personnel continued to stand at attention, some had puzzled looks on their faces.
Rafizi's speech, however, received rousing cheers from PKR supporters including a man who joked that he will put on "iron underwear" (seluar dalam besi) on polling day.
Barbed wire - in this case Dannert wire - has been used to stop supporters of opposing parties from clashing in several previous election campaigns.
This time, warning signs were also put up, presumably to prevent supporters from injuring themselves.
‘No let-up by BN’
In another development, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the BN will not soften its offensive although PKR's candidate is president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and not de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as planned.
"We will still do what is necessary," he said.
Muhyiddin said the loud chanting of BN supporters at today’s event shows that the coalition's spirits are high, to ensure the victory of coalition candidate Chew Mei Fun in the straight fight.
He said the BN will exploit the Selangor government’s failings as well as friction within PKR.
However, Wan Azizah expressed her belief that she can repeat the party's victory and match the majority of close to 7,000 votes won by Lee Chin Cheh in the 13th general election last May.
"This is a referendum on the injustice that has happened," she said, referring to Anwar's conviction for sodomy last Friday, which rendered him ineligible to run for the Kajang state seat.
She did not elaborate, as she had to rush to the Kuala Lumpur High Court to support DAP chairperson Karpal Singh, who is due to be sentenced today for sedition.