Khairy: KKM drawing up election SOP workaround for areas without internet coverage in Sarawak

Khairy Jamaluddin

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 26: The Ministry of Health (KKM) is drawing up workaround election standard operating procedures (SOP) for Sarawak where online campaigns cannot reach some constituencies due to poor internet coverage, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said this was one of the concerns brought up by the Sarawak Secretary Office, fearing that some rural areas will not be accessible if election campaigns were to be limited only on social media platforms.


While related subject matters are being actively discussed between the Sarawak Secretary Office and KKM, he said scenarios in Sarawak would be slightly different from the Melaka elections.

“There are still a few things that require approval from KKM and later to be recommended to the EC (Election Commission of Malaysia).

“I have assigned Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang to compile the subject matters in our discussions which are to be concluded on Nov 30 before submission to EC.

“Then, EC will follow through with the rest,” he told reporters after chairing the Negeri Sembilan-level National Youth Consultative Council meeting in Seremban today.

When asked further regarding some of the recommendations by KKM, Khairy said it is best not to reveal any of the unfinalised content just yet.

“I don’t want to get into it because it’s hypothetical right now.

“It has not been decided yet so I think rather than making it into an open polemic, let us discuss and consider the risk of allowing some of these SOPs that may differ from Melaka (elections).

“And after that, EC will be announcing it,” he said. — DayakDaily