EMCO in Sarawak will mess up preparations for state election, says PKR

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By John Isaac

THE imposition of enhanced movement control order in Sarawak to control the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, if carried out, will seriously mess up PKR’s preparations for the 12th state election, says Sarawak PKR.

State PKR vice-chairman Dr Teo Yu Keng is worried that PKR and other opposition parties in Sarawak may suffer badly from the consequences of the enhanced MCO.

He told The Star today that PKR was worried that Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had already warned about the need for enhanced MCO in Sarawak.

“He has warned yesterday that enhanced MCO will be enforced if the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Sarawak is not brought under control and the infections continue to spread.

“The enhanced MCO, if imposed, is going to mess up our ground preparations to face the state elections.

“We only have about three months to get ready for a snap election which we hear will be in November.

“If the enhanced MCO is imposed, our ground election machinery will have to grind to a sudden stop.

“Our peninsula PKR counterparts will not be able to come freely anymore to help us in our campaign preparation.

“We are already rushing to deploy election workers throughout this vast state,” he said.

Dr Teo, who is also national PKR vice-president, said PKR had information that the 12th Sarawak state election was expected in November.

He said that month had been officially mentioned by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg to party leaders of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties in the ruling coalition.

Sarawak is the only state that holds its state election separately from parliamentary polls.

The current state assembly term only ends in June next year.

However, Dr Teo said the uncertainties at the national political front was an excellent opportunity for Abang Johari and GPS to call for a snap state election.

“Sarawak Pakatan Harapan parties (DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara) will have a tough task at hand,” he said.

Sarawak has 82 state constituencies and 31 parliamentary seats.

Out of the 82 state seats, GPS controls 68, while Sarawak DAP has seven, PKR had three but they left to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) who previously had four but now has seven.

PSB is an independent political grouping.

GPS component parties are Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Progressive Democratic Party and Sarawak United People’s Party.

Of the 31 Sarawak parliamentary constituencies, GPS has 18 seats, Pakatan (12) and Independent (1).