Covid-19 makes it risky to call for election now, S'wak Wanita PKR tells CM

SIBU: Holding the 12th Sarawak state election at this time when there is another wave of Covid-19 cases should be avoided as it poses a serious health risk, says the Sarawak Wanita PKR.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg should reconsider the statement he made during the PBB convention over the weekend that "the election will take place anytime from now", said the statement jointly issued by State Wanita PKR chief Agnes Padan, and its information chief, Umie Liau.

"The 31 divisions of Sarawak Wanita PKR unanimously call on the Chief Minister not to hold the election so soon as the consequences could be great as happened in Sabah where Covid-19 cases spiked after their election," they said.

"At this present time, the health of the people is more important than politics.

"Holding of the state election during this Covid-19 situation is not only a risk to the people's health but it will also hurt the economy if what is happening in Sabah also happens here," they said.

They added that the Women's wing did not want the economy of the state to be affected by another lockdown.

Not holding the state election before it was due in July next year would be a wise move in order to safeguard the people's health, they said.

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