Now not the time to hold Sarawak elections, says MP

By Chew Lip Song

NOW is not the right time to hold the Sarawak polls or call for a federal snap election, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said.

The priority now is to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a spike in cases over the past few days, and on economic recovery, he added.

Dr Yii said just because Sarawak had recorded low number of Covid-19 cases in the past few days did not mean that it would stay that way.

Based on the Sabah elections experience, he the rise in cases happened towards the end of the campaigning period.

“(Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri) Shafie Apdal dissolved assembly on July 30 when there was only 3 cases, and the spike only really happened from Sept 8.

“So it may be the same for the Sarawak Elections. While the Covid-19 numbers may not seem high right now in Sarawak, but we will never know how the trend of cases will change in the future especially during the campaigning period,” Dr Yii said in a statement.

Even if the authorities implemented strict immigration controls during the Sarawak elections, it could not stop eligible Sarawakians from coming back to vote.

“So while I understand there may be “political advantage” for the incumbent state government to call for an elections, but I think at this period, all efforts must be concentrated to curb the virus and protect the lives of our people and also their livelihood,” added Dr Yii.

 

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