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By D’Drift Team
MIRI, Oct 17: Politicians and leaders need to do “something different” and be on their toes because politics is changing rapidly.
With Sarawak Budget 2022 approved and Covid-19 booster shots and third doses rolled out as the State gears up to enter the endemic phase, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni believes it is a sign that Sarawak is ready for the imminent State election.
“In the end, people want leaders who can work and serve. As representatives, we cannot think we are always in a safe position with many projects approved and implemented.
“We must be constantly on our toes. And we need to do something different because politics is changing,” he told D’Drift Team over the phone.
Acknowledging that no election is easy, he said elected representatives cannot take winning for granted.
“I believe that people can assess for themselves the performance of their elected representatives,” he added.
Lukanisman also echoed the same sentiment as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah that the State election cannot be further delayed and postponed as the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) was supposed to be automatically dissolved on June 6 this year, if not for the Emergency Order which will expire on Feb 1, 2022.
“When we are ready, we must be brave to hold the election, just like Japan which dissolved the Parliament to pave way for the election despite still seeing a high number of Covid-19 cases.
“I’m always ready for election and so is GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak). But of course it depends on the people who can object due to fear and worry,” he said.
However, Lukanisman pointed out that it is important that the State government continue to educate the people about having to live with some form of restrictions even when Covid-19 is considered endemic.
“That’s why I have also pushed for the price of the antigen self-test kit price to be lowered so that it can be widely accessible to every level of the community just like face masks,” he added. — DayakDaily.