12th state election: Constitution must be upheld

KUCHING: The term of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) is well and beyond its five-year period, hence there is a need to hold the state election as soon as possible.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Backbenchers Club (BBC) said this is to avoid Sarawak from needing a third extension of Emergency Proclamation to revive the life of the legislature.

“While we ensure the lives of the people, we have a duty to uphold the Constitution where an election has to be held after the expiry of the DUN.

“As we know, Sarawak DUN has passed its five-year period on June 6,” it said in a statement today (Oct 8) in response to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

Wong had on Thursday claimed that GPS is rushing the 12th state election (PRN12) due to fear of Undi18 changing the election outcome.

The club said it condemns the statement by the PSB president, describing it as a wild allegation and not backed by facts.

“We regret that Datuk Seri Wong tried to blame GPS for rushing the state election when the fact is that we all know it should be held as soon as possible for us to not go into a third ‘extra time’,” it said.

It added, PSB should be prepared to face the state election and not make baseless accusations against GPS.

“For GPS, it will continue to safeguard the lives and livelihood of the people.

“We believe that the track record of the state government in managing Sarawak is for all to see be it in terms of infrastructure development and pandemic response,” the club said.

Earlier, Wong urged the GPS not to call for PRN12 amid the ongoing pandemic.

He said the ruling coalition must not prioritise politics over the health and general wellbeing of Sarawakians, more so with the state consistently recording the highest number of daily Covid-19 infections in the country.