Sarawak’s election has to go on, Abang Johari says

Abang Johari – Picture from TheStar

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK has to dissolve its state assembly to pave way for the 12th state election to be held soon since there isn’t an emergency declaration.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said he has no choice but to do so when the time comes, which is before the Gabungan Parti Sarawak mandate expires in April.

“We don’t have much time as our mandate is expiring soon, the state assembly has to be dissolved,” he said after the launching ceremony to deploy 1,100 artificial reef balls in Sampadi-Tanjung Datu waters in Sematan.

“We hope the Election Commission (EC) will come up with stringent SOPs to ensure the state polls will be conducted in a safe environment and reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread,” he said.

He added that the EC can refer to how elections in Singapore and New Zealand were conducted, without any surge in Covid-19 cases.

The Chief Minister also expressed his appreciation to the King for not declaring an emergency and making a call for a stop to politicking and stay united in fighting Covid-19.