Politicians urged to prioritise public safety before elections

Sih Hua Tong

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Nov 4: SUPP Batu Lintang chief Sih Hua Tong asserts that people’s health and safety should come before the Sarawak election in the midst of the present resurgence in Covid-19 cases in some parts of Sarawak.

To him, any politician who practises politics of people for the people must now stand beside the people and not push for the state election to be held.

“For politicians that practise politics of the people, then the interest, health, safety of the people should be the top priority. The politicians then, should not push for election,” Sih told DayakDaily while attending the Diwali goodies presentation ceremony organised by Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at King’s Curry Restaurant yesterday.

He noted that the present term of Sarawak Legislative Assembly will expire mid next year and by then, a state election would be inevitable.

“Yes, by then, we will have no choice but to call for election. Should that be the case, then the Election Commission (EC) must come out with the most stringent SOPs (standard operating procedures) while upholding the democratic process.

“In any circumstances, the safety and health of fellow Sarawakians should not be compromised,” Sih said.

He also called on Sarawakians to be more understanding in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19 in the state, urging those who have been infected to not blame others and to be extra careful in handling themselves so as not to pass the virus on.

“No one wants to be infected and no one wants to infect others knowingly. In the face of the resurgent cases, let us all work together by complying with all SOPs so that we can put the pandemic under control,” said Sih.

With Diwali around the corner (Nov 14), he reminded the Indian community to be cautious while celebrating the Festival of Lights.

“This year, the celebrating will be different as SOPs should be observed in the midst of celebrations to safeguard the safety and health of your family and friends,” said Sih who took the opportunity to wish the Indian community a Happy Diwali. — DayakDaily