Put off Sarawak polls for at least six months, DAP tells Abang Jo

Chong Chieng Jen. – Bernama photo.

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK Chief Minister should not dissolve the state assembly for the next six months considering the spike in Covid-19 cases following the Sabah election, state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said today.

He described as “most unthinkable” for CM Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to say recently that the state “will have elections anytime now”.

“The Covid-19 pandemic was well under control until the Sabah State elections. For the last three days, the number of new cases has been 3 digits, with 260 new cases on Thursday, 287 new cases on Friday and 317 cases on Saturday,” Chong who is also Stampin MP said in a statement.

He added that the Sabah polls was inevitable due to the attempted coup by former CM Tan Sri Musa Aman to topple the Warisan-led government.

Chong added that since the current Sarawak legislature’s term will only expire in June 2021 and there is little chance of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) being toppled, there was no need for the state to rush into holding an election now.

Holding an election now would put at risk the health of thousands of election workers and helpers and millions of Sarawakians, Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman added.

“This is the time to reduce, as much as possible, gatherings, meetings and unnecessary official duties with human contact. To dissolve the State Assembly and have a State Elections now will be doing the contrary,” Chong added.

He believes that under the current Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), elections would favour the ruling parties but interests of the people should take precedence.

“Therefore, I call upon Abang Jo to abandon his idea of having the Sarawak Elections in the
next 6 months,” he added.

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