Sibuti MP pleads for postponement of Sarawak state polls, warns of potential health crisis

KUALA LUMPUR: With Emergency ordinances now revoked, Lukanisman Awang Sauni (GPS-Sibuti) is pleading for the Sarawak state elections to be postponed.

He warned that another Covid-19 crisis could take place should elections proceed.

Lukanisman said he is concerned that a state election could be called within 60 days.

"The delta variant has emerged in the country and even in Sibuti. So I hope everyone here will be able to give their views and reject the polls to be called soon, because we prioritise the lives of Sarawakians," he said.

Lukanisman was speaking after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had briefed the House about the National Recovery Plan on Monday (July 26).

Chong Chieng Jen (PH-Stampin) then interjected, and asked whether Lukanisman would agree to a localised Emergency in Sarawak to postpone the state elections for up to six months.

"I agree with the implementation of localised Emergency to save Sarawakians," he added.

Lukanisman also said there were many clusters that emerged nationwide after the Sabah state polls concluded last year.

"Even though our vaccination rate is good, we don't want to open up the state for an election."

However, if the Sarawak state election were to proceed this year, Lukanisman said there must be thorough SOPs put in place by the Election Commission in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Earlier Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the government had revoked the Emergency ordinances on July 21 and had no plans to advise the King to extend the nationwide state of emergency beyond Aug 1.

Takiyuddin's announcement was criticised by many, with Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim saying such a major policy decision should have been tabled and debated in Parliament.

The Sarawak state assembly is still in effect even though its five-year term expired on June 6 this year.

This was due to the Emergency declaration, which was enforced in January and it is due to expire on Aug 1.

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