Masing: Wait for emergency to be lifted before any polls are called

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By John Isaac

ALL political parties in Sarawak will have to wait for the emergency to be lifted before the 12th State Election can be called.

Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said the dissolution of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly was bound by emergency law and the power is held by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

“We are governed by the Rule of Law and as much as GPS would like to get the people’s mandate to govern, we have to wait till the emergency is lifted,” he said in a statement.

Masing, who is also the Parti Rakyat Sarawak president, said the King’s advice to the Sarawak DUN after its expiry on June 6 was based on the laws of the country when the emergency is declared.

Yesterday GPS leaders led by chairman, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg held a virtual meeting with the King over the expiry of the Sarawak DUN on June 6.

The King advised the GPS government to continue to function as usual in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country.