Hold Sarawak elections only after state assembly term expires, says state PKR

Sarawak PKR information chief Abun Sui (blue shirt) helping with food aid delivery to rural folks in Belaga district.

MIRI: The Sarawak state government should not call for early state elections and allow the current state assembly term to automatically expire in June 2021, says Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

State PKR information and communication chief Abun Sui said that holding the state elections during the Covid-19 pandemic will pose too many health risks to people.

He told The Star on Saturday (Oct 10) that PKR state leaders feel that it is not safe to have elections now or even within the next few months.

"We in PKR urge Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg and his ruling coalition of GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) not to go ahead with the purported plan to dissolve the State Assembly next month, ” said Sui.

He pointed out that Covid-19 cases were on the rise, especially in the southern parts of Sarawak.

"There is no need to dissolve the state assembly now. The current term expires automatically next June and after that the Election Commission has 60 days to hold the state polls to allow the rakyat to decide a fresh mandate, ” said Sui.

He added that this means people in Sarawak have up to August 2021 before they go to the polls.

"This will give a lot of time for Covid-19 infections to hopefully subside," Sui said.

There is speculation that the Sarawak state assembly will be dissolved in the second week of November for the 12th state elections to be held.

Johari is expected to table the new state budget and then announce the dissolution of the assembly.

The GPS coalition is made up of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, Sarawak United Peoples Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party.

GPS controls 68 out of the 82 state constituencies in this vast state.

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