Landas season and Covid-19 may affect polls timing – Wan Junaidi

By S. Harrish

THE coming landas season and the Covid-19 pandemic will be taken into consideration in deciding when to hold Sarawak’s state election.

Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the two factors would determine when the polls could be held safely, although the time to hold the election was running out.

According to a Borneo Post report, the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu supreme council member said the state had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic but disagreed on equating it with the situation in Sabah.

“We should also look at what were the problems faced (and) likely to face again if we hold it during this time,” he told reporters after a Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) liaison committee meeting at his service centre here.

“We’ve seen what happened to Sabah and it looked really bad – but still we cannot compare ourselves with Sabah as our term is nearly expiring.

“So we have very little option – we must have an election,” he said.

In the snap polls held in September, Sabah saw a major surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and the state has since become the largest contributor of cases to the country’s daily tally.