KUCHING, Oct 21: Sarawak PKR Women secretary Cherishe Ng is urging Sarawakian voters to throw the GPS government out of office should it insist on conducting 12th Sarawak Election during a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is worsening.
She opined that a government which cared little for the lives of its people did not deserve the rakyat’s support.
The Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader made the appeal in response to reports of a number of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders advocating for Sarawak to proceed with its state election even though Covid-19 is still rife in the country.
Ng claimed that she became fully aware of the strong desire of the people against holding an election at this juncture when distributing face masks to the general public.
“GPS’ excuse of returning the mandate to the people could trigger a new wave of the virus spreading to all over Sarawak.
“Anyone in his right mind would agree that the fresh outbreak of the pandemic in Malaysia owed its origin much to the Sabah election and until today Sabah still records the highest number of new cases and fatalities,” Ng highlighted in a press statement today.
She pointed out the Election Commission (EC) had also expressed that it would be unwise and inappropriate to hold an election during this critical period and such a statement, she believed, indirectly showed disapproval of GPS government’s high profile rhetoric of seeking new polls.
“A sharp contrast of (reactions to) the political scene has been marked by both PKR and GPS government. While the former has been actively advocating for stringent precautionary measures against the Covid-19 on the ground, the latter was busy pushing for election in pursuit of power,” asserted Ng.
She added, the previous Sarawak election was held on May 7, 2016 which meant ample time for the 12th state polls as the present term of government would only expire by July next year.
For the wellbeing of the people, she opined that the Sarawak election should be held after the Chinese Lunar New Year. — DayakDaily