Sarawak CM: Time for ‘penalty kicks’

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government wants to seek a new mandate from the people as it is currently in “injury time”, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister dismissed allegations by the Opposition that GPS was rushing to hold the polls soon to avoid the implementation of Undi18 by Dec 31.

“We are now in injury time. If we don’t hold the election soon, some people will question why we are still governing when we don’t have the mandate.

“But if we go to the people for a fresh mandate, it is apparently because we are afraid of Undi18,” he said after launching the Meet in Malaysia roadshow by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Business Events Sarawak here yesterday.

Abang Johari said the state government’s position was very clear in respecting democracy and Undi18.

He noted that the government amended the state constitution last year to lower the age of persons qualified to stand in a state election from 21 to 18 years.

This was in tandem with a similar amendment to the Federal Constitution, which was made along with the lowering of the voting age to 18.

“To us, the mandate has expired and we are just waiting for penalty kicks.”

Sarawak is currently under a localised Emergency from Aug 2 until Feb 2 next year because of the pandemic.

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