PETALING JAYA: The 15th General Election should be held off until 2023, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic to prevent further spread of the virus, says former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I think if an election is held during Covid-19, we will see a spread.
“That is why (even) after the end of the Emergency, there should be no election.
“It (election) may have to wait till the date arrives in 2023, ” he said in an exclusive interview with Utusan Malaysia on Wednesday (May 5).
He cited the Sabah state election in September last year, where the number of infections rose dramatically due to the polls being held.
“We cannot play around with Covid-19. It (virus) can spread as it is not only one variant, but five variants now.
“If we play around with this (virus), it can spread, ” he added.
Dr Mahathir opined that it would not be feasible to hold the general election this year.
Asked on whether Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would still helm the nation after the end of the Emergency Proclamation this coming Aug 1, he said that Muhyiddin is likely to face problems once Parliament is allowed to convene.
On the economy, Dr Mahathir said that Covid-19 should not be blamed for foreign investors pulling out investments in the country, but rather it was due to the current political uncertainties.
He said that political parties, who are busy fighting for seats for the general election, should focus instead on finding ways to ensure better administration of the country.