Sarawak not rushing for polls – CM

By Emma Victoria
THE Gabungan Parti Sarawak government will not put the health and safety of the people at risk by calling for a state election soon.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, they were not rushing into having an election.

“Look at the (Covid-19) situation now… I didn’t expect even Wisma Saberkas will have a cluster too,” he said, referring to a new cluster detected in the building yesterday.

“What is important to us now is the health of the people although we can’t deny the fact that the state assembly’s term will be expiring next year.

“So, we are monitoring the situation closely,” he told the reporters at a press conference in Samarahan today.

Abang Johari said he will wait for advice from the Health Ministry as well as the new SOPs from the Election Commission before dissolving the state assembly.

“Let us wait for the EC to be ready with the SOPs on having an election under the new-norm first.

“Why do we have to rush? Our top priority now is the safety of our people, especially after Kuching had been classified as a red zone,” he said.

When asked if he had decided to avoid having an election this year, Abang Johari said “the Covid-19 will decide, I have no idea when the state polls will be held.”