Shelve polls plan for now

Dick Lembang Dugun

KUCHING: A political analyst thinks that talks of holding elections should be put aside for now.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s Dick Lembang Dugun said holding a snap election, or any election for that matter, would not be well-received by the public.

“I think people don’t like the (prospect of another) election. A snap general election should not be called now. The nation should focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recovery.”

With the spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah that are linked to the rise in the number of cases nationwide, he opined that it was simply not worth risking the health of the people.

“In Sarawak’s case, they can hold the state election as the current term will expire in June 2021, but they must do so with the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in mind.

“Power is not the priority now, it should be the people’s health.”

Recently, Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chief Chong Chieng Jen urged that the state legislature not be dissolved in the next six months.

“As for Sarawak, the current term will only expire in June 2021 and there is no risk of anyone toppling the GPS government through any ‘backdoor exercise’.

“The current state government still has more than nine months to go before its term expires. Therefore, there is no necessity to rush the state into an election now,” he said.