Date of next election still unknown

MPP chairman Cr Lo Khere Chiang (left) accompanies Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on his arrival in Padawan for MPP's 24th Anniversary celebration. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Sarawak government takes into account the people’s health first over holding any election as the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the 12th state election should have been held earlier but because of the pandemic, the state government has decided to delay it.

“I am very caring; our government is very caring. Because of Covid-19, we have to adjust (the date of the election),” he said while officiating at Padawan Municipal Council’s (MPP) 24th anniversary celebration and the launch of the ‘The Last Ring Ladies’ mural at Kota Padawan Mall today (Dec 14).

He said the state government consider the people’s health and safety more important.

After the event, when reporters asked when the election would be held, Abang Johari said it has yet to be decided.

“When? I do not know yet,” he said.

When pressed as to whether it will be held this year or sometime in March next year, he said, “Next year lah, but I do not know exactly when. Now it is already December,” he said.