By Emma Victoria
GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) is ready for the 12th state election anytime, once the emergency ends as the current term of the Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) expired on June 6,
Geopolitical expert Azmi Hassan said the GPS parties want and need a fresh mandate from the people but the current Covid-19 pandemic has forced the state polls to be put on hold.
“Politically, they are in a strong position to hold the election as soon as possible. But, on the other hand, they need to think about achieving herd immunity by vaccinating at least 80% of the population,” he said.
“They are now in an awkward situation. Although they target to achieve herd immunity is by August, it is quite a challenge – looking at the current roll out of the vaccination programme and process,” he added.
On the relationship between GPS and the federal government, Azmi opined that the state’s ruling coalition is still strongly behind Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said when the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg stressed that the presence of a strong and stable government is to ensure the Covid-19 programme and economy are well-grounded during a virtual audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah yesterday, the leader was referring to the current government.
“Although the current government is a minority government, it is still a stable government – especially when they have the support from GPS as well as the BN.”
“Thus, it is important to maintain that as the country continues to battle against the spread of Covid-19.”