Sarawak govt urged to learn from Sabah’s experience, defer PRN12 until next year

Ng (standing second right) distributing face masks to two members of the public at an eatery, accompanied by PKR Kuching chairman Dominique Ng (standing left) and PKR Stampin branch chief David Chow (standing right) at a hawker centre in Kuching yesterday (11 Oct, 2020).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Oct 12: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Kuching branch women chief Cherishe Ng has called on the state government to lead by example by holding the state election next year to prevent the Covid-19 situation from escalating.

Ng said today the state government should learn from the past experience of the Sabah state election whereby Covid-19 cases increased and soared after the state held its election last month.

She observed that Sabah is currently the state which recorded the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

Thus, she reiterated its call to the state government to hold the 12th state election (PRN12) next year in view of the increased Covid-19 cases in the country and for public health.

“The Sarawak government is urged to learn from the mistakes of Sabah and postpone the Sarawak election until next year in order to ensure the safety of Sarawakians.

“Sarawak itself now has 751 cases as of October 11. Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 561 new confirmed cases nationwide, and of that total, 488 cases were from Sabah alone.

“Days after the Sabah election, the government announced a Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in several areas of Sabah.

“Two days ago, it was even reported that the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor had been tested positive,” she said in a statement.

In the meantime, she said PKR Sarawak calls on Sarawakians to unite and fight the Covid-19 pandemic together in order to protect Sarawak. —DayakDaily