Certainly not the time for Sarawak polls, says DAP man

Michael Kong

By John Isaac

IT would be irresponsible and selfish for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to insist on holding the state polls at a time like this.

Michael Kong, who is the special assistant to the State DAP chairman, said at present, the country was not only battling the Covid-19 pandemic, but the economy was also in shambles, while our healthcare was pushed to the limit.

“We also recently witnessed the terrible aftermath of the Sabah election. The spread of Covid-19 was initially well under control, but is now seeing a record number of cases daily,” he said in a statement.

Kong said the Sarawak state election was not due till June 7, next year when the state assembly will automatically be dissolved.

“It is therefore incorrect to say a fresh mandate is needed now because GPS has another seven months from their five year term.

“Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri James Masing was very optimistic when he said that the election could still be held, provided that the standard operating procedures (SOP) are strictly adhered to.

“We ask what guarantees and safeguards are there? Even the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali did not adhere to existing SOP and was let off by the police with ‘no further action’ for breaching quarantine,” he said.

He said many, including ministers returned from Sabah without quarantine and this has led to the high numbers of Covid-19 cases.

“With such a lack of preparedness in dealing with Covid-19, can we handle another wave? I urge GPS to put off all plans for a Sarawak state election to next year. Think for the people; we owe them this paramount duty of care,” he added.