Look into exorbitant flight tickets, MP urges govt

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KUCHING: The government has been told to find ways to reduce the exorbitant air ticket prices for flights from West Malaysia to Sarawak ahead of the state polls.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this was particularly for the three days prior to polling day on Dec 18 as well as three days after.

“The government must find ways to control prices of air tickets back to Sarawak three days before and three days after the election date.

“This to ensure maximum voter turnout and remove obstacles for eligible Sarawakians to come back to vote,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Nov 24).

At the same time, Dr Yii said the Election Commission had to ensure clear and specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) are enforced during the polls.

“The SOPs must be based on science to ensure all political parties can spread their message fairly and clearly.

“There must be fair enforcement to ensure no double standards.”

He added that the EC had to also ensure equal and fair airtime and coverage for all political parties in the national media.

Separately, Dr Yii also said he disagreed with the timing of the state election as the nation and state were still in a pandemic stage and the rollout of the booster dose should be made priority.

“We had the advantage of observing and even do a proper assessment of the potential Covid-19 damage from the Melaka polls before deciding to have ours, but instead, political considerations have trumped health concerns.”

He added that the state election could be held three months in the future instead of now as it would allow for the implementation of Undi18.

Dr Yii also stressed that important electoral reforms, including absentee voting or postal voting for Sarawakians in West Malaysia, had yet to be implemented.

“It is important to encourage as many people to participate in the election to give more legitimacy to the election itself.

“Any attempts against this can be considered as voter suppression.”

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