Its business as usual for Sarawak govt until King decides on dissolution date

By S. Harrish

THE Sarawak government will continue to function as normal after the state assembly’s tenure expires on June 6.

This was conveyed to the state government during a virtual audience with the King today.

The chief minister’s office said in a statement that the King and the Sarawak governor will decide when the state assembly can be dissolved, based on the advice of the attorney-general, the Election Commission, the health ministry, police and armed forces.

“His majesty has advised that the state government functions as usual with the powers under the Emergency Ordinance, in view of the Covid-19 situation,” the statement read.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg was previously reported as seeking an audience with the King over the dissolution.

The state’s constitution requires elections to be called within 60 days of the dissolution.

However, since the nation is under a state of emergency until Aug 1, elections cannot be held.

Also present with Abang Johari during the audience were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Tan Sri James Masing, and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Sarawak United People’s Party president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Progressive Democratic Party president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.