Voon Lee Shan

KUCHING: There is no reason to call for early state election as the current State Legislative Assembly (DUN) term will only expire mid next year, said Parti Bumi Kenyalang.

Its president Voon Lee Shan said if the state polls were called now amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, it would tantamount to a disrespect of human life as well as the citizen’s constitutional right to vote.

“It is rather shocking to hear (Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister) Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah had failed to consider the suggestion of the Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh not to hold elections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many people expressed their concern about the safety of their loved ones and themselves if elections are held during this Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Voon said the argument made by the Abdul Karim that other countries were able to conduct their election amidst the Covid-19 pandemic was flawed.

“New Zealand and Singapore were able to control the spread of the deadly Covid-19 as their politicians are disciplined to fight this deadly virus.

“It’s not that we don’t have proper medical facilities, the worry is that our politicians do not lead by example by going around in public without adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and contract the virus themselves,” he said.

Voon said the term of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak government would only expire middle of next year and there was no reason to hurry for elections now.