PETALING JAYA: Imposing a political lockdown appears to be the only way to escape holding the Batu Sapi by-election and Sarawak state elections in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).
The Barisan Nasional secretary-general said this explains why the proposed political emergency is on the cards.
However, Annuar is opening the floor to get feedback from experts on the best way to protect the rakyat against Covid-19 in the midst of the political impasse.
"What other laws can be applied to postpone elections to ensure Covid-19 is contained and no longer poses a threat to the public?
"To my friends who are constitutional experts, help me find an answer to the concerns below, which are related to public fears over Covid-19 transmissions," he said in a statement.
Annuar pointed out that the Batu Sapi by-election must be held within 60 days after it fell vacant following the death of its elected representative Datuk Liew Vui Keong on Oct 2.
"The rakyat want the by-election postponed, and officials fear going to red zones in Sabah," he said.
The other concern is the impending Sarawak state elections that must be held in a few months time.
"People fear that what happened in Sabah after the recent state polls would also hit Sarawak. People want the state polls postponed," he said.
On the national front, various parties were threatening to topple the sitting Prime Minister when Parliament reconvenes next month.
"If that happens, the Prime Minister can dissolve the Parliament, and snap polls must be held.
"But people do not want elections, as they fear the spread of Covid-19," he said.
Annuar said thousands of people were warded at hospitals.
"Thousands of frontliners and security personnel are under quarantine.
"Billions of ringgit needs to be spent," he said.
Annuar said Malaysia had gained global recognition as being one of the most successful nations in containing the pandemic.
"What happens if political power struggle takes centre stage in the coming months at the expense of risking people's lives in the wake of the Covid-19 threat?
"What laws can be applied to put the political power struggle on hold?" he asked.
Annuar said all the issues highlighted justify the move to enforce either a health or political emergency.
"The current administration is gaining public acceptance, but certain parties are dissatisfied because they need to escape from certain situations troubling them," he said.
Annuar expressed gratitude in advance to those who could share legal advice on the issue.
Pls advise which law to use when Bt Sapi voters want govt to postpone by election.Which law to use when Sarawakian want their PRN to be postponed for fear of what happened to Sabah.And which law to use when 87% of voters indicated they dont want GE for fear of COVID-19 outbreak https://t.co/9e26gdvPVf— Annuar Musa (@AnnuarMusa) October 23, 2020
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