KUCHING: A freelance political analyst has fired back at Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s (PSB) recent statement that questioned why the 12th state election (PRN-12) must be held soon amidst the high occupancy of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and Covid-19 fatalities.
“As it is in athletics, as a participant at the starting line, PSB has already shown weakness,” Dr Saudi Narani said on Tuesday (Oct 26).
He was commenting on PSB secretary-general George Lo’s recent statement, in which he said GPS should defer calling for PRN-12 until at least after Feb 1 next year.
“The statement that the occupancy of beds in the hospital ICUs is still high should not be said if he does not want to ‘menangguk di air yang keruh’ (try to take advantage of the distress of others for self-gain),” he said, reasoning that ICU occupancy rates were high all the time and not just nowadays.
He said perhaps the opposition party now had not much to pinpoint as the performance of GPS in dealing with the pandemic had shown positive results.
“The state government and the frontliners have indeed achieved excellent performance in handling the pandemic.”
He noted that the vaccination rate here was high and the third booster dose for seniors aged 60 and above was also being implemented.
“This adds to the people’s confidence. The state government must be applauded.”
Saudi said PSB’s statement questioning whether politics or lives were more important was one that was not relevant compared to the determined efforts of the state government in tackling issues related to Covid-19.
“It must be remembered that elections under the State Constitution and Federal Constitution are at the discretion of the current head of government and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”