Hold state election immediately when situation improves

Abun Sui Anyit

KUCHING: The state election which is overdue must be held immediately when the Covid-19 situation has improved, said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak.

In a statement on Sunday (Aug 1), the party said although the Emergency Proclamation had suspended the state election until Feb 2 next year, it could still be held earlier subject to the Covid-19 situation and the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Therefore, Keadilan Sarawak hopes that the election will be held immediately when the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak   improves,” PKR Sarawak information chief Abun Sui Anyit said.

He also urged the Sarawak government to consult all political parties that would be contesting in the state election to discuss the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) that would be enforced during the election if it was held earlier than Feb 2 next year.

“In the event of new norms where certain new SOPs need to be introduced, Keadilan Sarawak hopes that the Sarawak government calls all relevant parties including representatives of political parties.

“Keadilan Sarawak also calls on the government to immediately complete the vaccination for the entire population in Sarawak,” he said.

Abun added that based in the proclamation of the Emergency, Sarawak assemblymen had completed their mandate from Aug 2 and no longer held the Yang Berhormat title.

“Subsequently, their salaries and allowances as elected representatives also cease immediately.

“The Sarawak government that exists from Aug 2 is only a caretaker government that has limited powers and cannot introduce new policies,” he said.

Abun said, in any case, the Sarawak Emergency Proclamation still needed to be tabled in Parliament based on Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.