Unsafe to hold general election now

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii is concerned with several Umno leaders’ attempt to trigger a snap election in the first quarter of this year despite the rising Covid-19 cases nationwide. 

He said now was simply not the best time for a nationwide general election to be held. 

“This clearly shows how certain politicians put their personal interest and power over the wellbeing, safety and even economic struggles of the general population,” he said in a Facebook post today. 

Dr Yii said having a conventional general election this year would be disastrous as the country was still reeling from the health fallout from the recently concluded Sabah state elections, which sparked the third wave all around the country. 

“That should have served as a strong reminder that the virus does not take a leave of absence just so that an election can be held. 

“While this year we will receive our Covid-19 vaccine, but we must remember that the vaccine itself is not a silver bullet that will end the nearly year-long pandemic.”

He said on top of that the country would only be receiving the vaccine from different companies in batches and dependent on the National Vaccination Strategy. 

“We are probably looking at until 2022 for a whole nationwide distribution to even achieve a minimal 70 per cent population immunisation to achieve herd immunity.

“So, either way, we will need to wait until the majority of the population is immunised then only then possibly a general election with necessary adjustments can even be considered.”