GPS favours early polls as it feels it has upper-hand

Malay Mail Pix

By John Isaac

A POLITICAL analyst has opined that the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition favours an early state election to be held as the opposition is fractured at the moment.

Professor James Chin, an expert in Asian studies at the University of Tasmania in Australia, said the GPS coalition is likely to win the next state election again if the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) does not work closely with Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

“Another problem is whether the people will punish GPS for the risk posed by Covid-19 if the state election goes ahead,” said Chin to The Borneo Post.

He remarked that only those residing in urban areas would be unhappy with the holding of a state election during this time, whereas those in rural areas would not be overly concerned about the timing of the election.

“The ruling coalition knows that people in the urban areas are not so pro-GPS so it does not matter. Also, those living in the city are already unhappy with the government’s response towards the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, Chin opined, the chances of the Covid-19 virus being transmitted widely, including in rural longhouses, will be higher if the state election is called soon.

Moreover, he claimed many people seemed not to fully understand the Proclamation of Emergency nationwide and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong could actually approve the state election to be held earlier.

“The Emergency Order does not prohibit state election from taking place. (The state government) can get exemption to hold the state election from the National Security Council,” said Chin.