Voting won’t be affected by rising Covid-19 cases, says Shafie

  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Voting in the upcoming state polls on Sept 26 will not be hampered by the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, says Sabah caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) on Friday (Sept 18).

“We have decided that we will control the situation, but we will not go for a full lockdown," he said.

Shafie's statement came following the Health Ministry's announcement on Thursday that a new cluster, called Selamat, had been detected in Semporna with two positive cases confirmed so far.

Sabah is also grappling with the Benteng LD cluster which has recorded over 400 positive cases, with 142 in Lahad Datu and 332 cases in Tawau.

“We will manage areas affected by Covid-19, as in the movements (of people) coming in and out.

“So this will not affect (the state election). We are managing and monitoring it round the clock.

“We will ensure that the people can still exercise their right to vote,” he told reporters as he campaigned to support candidate Datuk Christina Liew on Thursday night (Sept 17).

Asked if the Warisan Plus machinery would change their campaign strategy to focus more on social media, Shafie, who is contesting the Senallang state seat, said they would do this for Covid-19 hot spots.

“We have to do some adjustments. Areas where infections are present, we will not enter, and we will use social media,” he said.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman’s presence at an event by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s in the state, Shafie said it was Musa's right to attend.

"He has the right to be wherever he likes," he said.
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