PETALING JAYA: Malaysia should consider measures taken by other nations which conducted polls smoothly without a surge in Covid-19 cases, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Alliance for Safe Community chairman cited New Zealand and Singapore as examples and urged authorities to adopt their practices.
“Let our Election Commission look into the feasibility of these measures and engage the authorities for further discussion, ” he said in a statement.
He also said authorities must consider stricter measures for elections.
These include combining resources to see if the pandemic can be contained if elections are called and if the country’s healthcare system can cope with a sudden case spike.
“If it is not possible to marshal the needed resources, it is time for us to weigh alternatives.
“It has been said that there can be no moratorium on by-elections since our Constitution does not sanction any postponement of election.
“If declaring an emergency is not a solution, is it feasible to have postal voting for the election?” he said.
Lee said measures to prohibit house-to-house canvassing and ceramah could also be looked into.
“Candidates can use social media to do campaigning instead, which I believe is acceptable.
“Another alternative is to stretch the voting period to more than a day so as to avoid overcrowding at polling stations, ” he said.
Malaysia, he said, could not afford another scenario like Sabah, where Covid-19 cases increased exponentially after voters were exposed.
“It is imperative that every precaution is taken from now until Dec 5 when the (Batu-Sapi) by-election is slated to take place. The alternative is unthinkable, ” he said.