PBDSB: No financial penalty for party-hopping elected candidates

Sai Malaka (file pic)

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Oct 5: PBDSB will not impose a financial penalty if its candidates were to join another party after being elected.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) spokesperson Sai Malaka expressed belief that the party’s candidates are trustworthy, credible and with integrity.

“If there is any candidate who wins on PBDSB’s ticket and jumps to another party, the candidate is required to vacate the seat immediately.

“Furthermore, agreements and pledges will be made and signed by all aspiring candidates who will contest before the state election is held,” he disclosed in a statement.

At the same time, he called on the state government to postpone the state election after the current resurgence in Covid-19 cases has subsided, possibly in June 2021.

He asserted that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg should not be rushing into holding the state election in the near future when the threat of Covid-19 is still around.

Sai noted the political situation in Sarawak is stable and for PBDSB, political interests can be set aside for public health concerns.

He pointed out that what is important is to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve as it is risky and is a matter of life and death.

He opined if the state government is adamant on holding the state election in the near future, it will risk the lives of the people.

Sai also called on the state government, Health Ministry and the Local Government and Housing Ministry to organise seminars in longhouses in rural areas to brief villagers on the need to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb Covid-19 infections. — DayakDaily