PSB says no to early state polls amid Covid-19

Wong Soon Koh. – Dayak Daily photo

PARTI Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh has rejected the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) plans to hold the state election despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doing so, he said, would endanger health and lives of the people as the pandemic is still showing no signs of abating.

Wong, a former state minister, said he could not believe that the Cabinet still harbored hopes of calling an election during the pandemic.

“For the sake of the people’s health and lives, it would be unwise for the GPS government to consider an early election. After all, the mandate given to the present GPS government will only expire in about six months,” Wong, the Bawang Assan assemblyman said in a statement.

He added that state Cabinet should devote more attention in combating the pandemic and come up with more assistance to help the people hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Wong was commenting on Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing’s recent statement that the State Cabinet during its Jan 21 meeting, had planned to request the King to lift the Emergency for Sarawak once the pandemic situation improves.

This was to pave the way for the 12th state election.

 

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