KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak says any intention of holding the state election this year should be put aside.
Its chairman Larry Sng said Sarawak does not need to call for its state election this year particularly with the surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide.
“I humbly urge the Sarawak government to heed EC’s (Election Commission) advice not to hold elections anytime soon. We don’t need to have elections this year, especially when Covid-19 cases are on the rise,” he said in a Facebook post in response to a recent call by EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh for Sarawak to not call for a state election due to Covid-19.
Sng who is Julau MP said while calling for elections at present would require more resources, it would also inevitably expose more people to Covid-19 which could result in deaths.
He said, in this case, the Sarawak government should take lessons from the recent Sabah State Election which was identified as the root cause of the surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide.
“Keadilan Sarawak is already on standby to prepare for another wave of Covid-19 and we are distributing our PPEs (personal protective equipment) to hospitals and rural clinics to protect our frontliners.
“I hope the government will take heed of professional opinion and keep our personnel and people safe,” he said.