EC: Sabah polls will carry on despite new Benteng Lahad Datu Covid-19 cluster


KOTA KINABALU: The 16th Sabah Election will carry on despite the spike in Covid-19 cases from the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster.

According to Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh (pic), the authorities will keep close tabs on the new Covid-19 cluster in Lahad Datu.

He also assured that the same SOPs used in the recently concluded Slim by-election would be implemented in the coming state polls.

“We will monitor the developments. But for now, everything will go on as planned, ” he said.

Abdul Ghani also assured that the new cluster in Lahad Datu was under control and wouldn’t pose a threat to polling on Sept 26.

On Monday (Sept 7), Malaysia saw a spike of 62 new Covid-19 cases, with 50 of them linked to the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster in Sabah.

The cluster originated from two undocumented migrants who were under detention at the Lahad Datu police headquarters lock-up.

The cluster was also found to have spread to the Tawau prison some 150km away, after several inmates with travel history to the Lahad Datu police headquarters also tested positive for Covid-19.

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