Aspirasi: Put lives ahead of politics

Lina Soo

KUCHING: Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (Aspirasi) is resigned to accepting the Emergency proclamation if it means a political ceasefire to focus on battling Covid-19.

“Lives first before politics. If this Emergency will stop all politicking for now at the height of the Covid-19 crisis, and save lives, so be it.

“If this Emergency can stop elections, stop the power struggle and party politicking, stop the tussling to be prime minister for six months, let it be,” its president Lina Soo said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 13).

She stressed that the six-month Emergency declared by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was to contain the Covid-19 and not to impose military rule or coup d’etat, adding that it had also been invoked by other democratic nations for the same purpose.

“Any law made during this Emergency will be automatically invalidated at the end of the Emergency. The Emergency will postpone PRN12 as many will not go to vote if it were to be held within this first half of the year which will risk exposure to Covid-19.”

Soo said if political instability persisted, investors would not come and the economy would die, causing citizens to suffer.

“Having a snap election right now is bad timing and will sacrifice lives, must we gamble on that? Leave politics aside for six months and rally the people to contain Covid-19.

“Once the pandemic is under control, we can still go back to politics, have our election, voters will go to the booth, we can still change the administration or government.”

She stressed that Covid-19 had spread like wildfire and reached the longhouses in Sarawak, which was more reason to take pre-emptive measures and protect all Sarawakian lives.

“Don’t be so power crazy, taking every situation to go politicking, even at the height of a health crisis.  No need to follow Malaya power crazed politics when our healthcare system is on the verge of collapse.

“Instead, let’s guide the people to manage Covid-19, serve the rakyat by putting lives before politics. The 2.8 million Sarawakian lives matter before everything else.”