Independent bloc reconsiders plan due to Delta variant

MELAKA: A social activist who mooted a third political coalition is reconsidering the plan to field 22 candidates in the coming Nov 20 polls due to the emergence of Delta variant cases.

Azizah Harun said the decision whether to refrain from contesting in the state election or to focus on a few hot seats would be made during a meeting with her team on Tuesday.

“Our main concern is the risk on the candidates and speakers following the statement by the Health director-general that 15 Delta variant cases were detected in the state,” she said in an interview.

Azizah said initially, her coalition wanted to give another option to voters who were upset with both sides of the political divide.

“Our main objective to participate in the state election is to champion environmental issues, equal education, employment opportunities for all, as well as economic development for the state.

“However, we have to rethink the health aspect of our candidates and supporters with the latest development as the Delta variant is something serious,” she said.

Azizah, who is the welfare and women’s wing chief of Melaka Consumers and Environment Association, said the safety and lives of candidates and voters were more important than taking part in the polls.

Her team will also discuss whether to support candidates from other political parties with a good track record.

“We don’t care if the candidates are from Umno, DAP, Bersatu or PKR, but will support them if they have potential and good service records,” she said.

“We will campaign against those with tainted reputation regardless of their political parties,” Azizah added.

On Monday, she said her coalition of independent candidates, comprising all backgrounds and ethnicity, would vie for 22 state seats in the Melaka state election.

The Election Commission has fixed Nov 8 for nominations.

Association chairman K. Murali Krishna said he would monitor the Covid-19 situation in the state closely as 50% of the aspirants are association members.

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