Sarawak uncertain about state polls, says CM

SARAWAK will seek the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on whether to proceed with the state election or otherwise.

Chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said although the Emergency was not going to be extended, there were three things that needed to be considered.

“One is the Covid-19 situation, whether our Covid situation has improved based on the figures. Two is whether the Election Commission (EC) has finalised the SOPs for that sort of situation.

“Three, as far as we are concerned, health is more important. We do not want that (election) to be the cause of this (worsening situation) as what had happened in Sabah,” he told reporters after officiating the launch of the Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OUCCI) in Kuching today.

He was asked whether the state elections would be held soon with the lifting of the Emergency.

Abang Johari said, on the other hand, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would also need a new mandate from the people in order to continue leading the state.

He said it would now be up to the strategic agencies such as the health ministry and the EC to weigh all the factors.

“So, just wait for what happens between one and two weeks. Once the Emergency ends, the election needs to be held within 60 days but we must make sure that the situation is conducive. In other words, when there is improvement in our Covid-19 situation or the people will be scared to come out to vote,” he added.

– Bernama