Keep smear tactics out to keep Covid at bay

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KUCHING: Political parties who will be throwing their hat into the election ring must make every effort to ensure campaigning, no matter how robust, does not threaten the existing peace and harmony in the state.

There is no room for dirty politics and smear tactics, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic where everyone should be looking out for each other.

Federation of Chinese Associations in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Districts (Youth Section) treasurer Aaron Tay Kok Tung gave the reminder ahead of the 12th state election, which is expected to be held soon.

“During my recent visits to markets, coffee shops and commercial centres, many have expressed concerns about a possible surge in Covid-19 cases after the state election,” he said in a statement.
“Thus, political parties and leaders must prioritise the health and safety of the people during the campaign period.”

He warned against inflammatory campaigns which may in turn pose a threat to health and safety.

“Do not fall for dirty politics and extremism, particularly during the campaign period, as these have no place in a multiracial and multi-religious society,” said Tay.

“Sarawakians must continue to remain united to continue the battle against Covid-19 and ensure a smooth election to move forward together.

“Sarawak can only continue to progress when its people are united, regardless of their race and religion.”

Towards this end, he stressed the need for all those involved to comply with all Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

“Sarawak’s state elections have always been conducted peacefully and incident free because our people put racial and religious harmony and unity above everything else.

“This has become more important, especially when this is the first time we will be having an election during a pandemic.”

The Election Commission is expected to hold a meeting to determine nomination and polling dates soon for the election which must be held within 60 days from Nov 3.

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