We welcome Undi18; we aren’t rushing through polls

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KUCHING: The state ruling coalition welcomes the implementation of Undi18 which will increase the participation of youths in the democratic process.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Backbenchers Club (BBC) said with this, it enables the youth’s voices to be heard, injecting political maturity in the current climate.

“We view that the youths, when given the opportunity, can evaluate for themselves the quality of service rendered by the current state government.

“This is especially following the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of saving lives and ensuring livelihoods,” it said in a statement on Friday (Oct 8).

The club was responding to an earlier statement by Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh who alleged that the GPS government is trying to block the new group of voters by rushing the state election (PRN12) ahead of Undi18.

GPS BBC said in terms of saving lives, Sarawak has been the fastest vaccinating state throughout the nation, with it now administering the Covid-19 vaccines to adolescents aged 12 to 17.

“Starting this month, Sarawak will be administering the Covid-19 third dose or booster dose to the priority group.

“In terms of ensuring livelihood, Sarawak is the only state that has introduced a substantial pandemic assistance through the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS),” it said.

It added, that the BKSS started with its first package (1.0) in March last year until the seventh package (7.0) in August this year, with a total expenditure of RM5.3 billion.

“The value of this string of packages is the largest given by a state in Malaysia during Covid-19.

“These initiatives have also benefitted the youths along with the assistance packages given by the federal government where it helped tide them over during the Covid-19 period,” it said.

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