KUCHING (October 7): Sarawak Bersatu Party (PSB) Chairman Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh urges the Gabungan Sarawak Party (GPS) not to call the 12th state election (PRN12) amid the pandemic in Classes.
He said the ruling coalition should not prioritize policy over the health and general well-being of Sarawakans, especially as the state consistently records the highest number of daily Covid-infections. 19 in the country.
“Lately, I have been informed by reliable sources that there is a movement underway within the GPS itself to organize the PRN12 soon. Their motivation is that the recent High Court decision to allow 18-year-olds to vote (Undi18) is not working to their advantage, hence the haste to avoid this unpredictable bloc of voters.
“In addition, as a ruling coalition, they would be able to dictate electoral procedures during the pandemic to their own advantage, with unfair measures like the imposition of a ‘campaign-free’ election,” the member said. from the assembly of Bawang Assan in a statement yesterday.
With the electoral commission already tasked by the federal government with implementing Undi18 – lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 – by December 31 of this year, Wong questioned whether the GPS government feared the group under 21 and therefore wanted to beat the deadline imposed by the court.
“It must be emphasized that using this tactic is to deprive this group of voters of their legal right to have a say in the governance of the state and their future as Sarawakans, and that is one thing of the more dishonorable to do.
“While we recognize that the number of fully vaccinated adults and even adolescents is relatively high and continues to increase, we must take into account that children under 12 and infants are not yet vaccinated.” , did he declare.
He said that the level of immunity of this population group was not yet fully developed and calling an election now would be very irresponsible, as adults could “bring home” the virus and infect the young and the vulnerable. .
Wong went on to say that Sarawakans are also questioning the timing of the recent lifting of inter-district travel restrictions and whether it had anything to do with the upcoming holding of elections in the state.
“If this is the motive, why hurry when the Sarawak emergency is not due until February of next year, three months from today?”
“The PSB, as far as the Sarawakans are concerned, respectfully calls on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong not to accept any request from the GPS to prematurely lift the Sarawak emergency.
“The GPS should not focus on the elections but rather should use the remaining period to work diligently on the management of the very virulent variant of the Delta and to minimize its effects on the people of Sarawak,” he said.
On the PSB’s willingness to face the polls, Wong said he was confident that the party’s policies, coupled with its capable leaders and candidates, “will surpass the hot air of GPS.”
“We hope to provide Sarawak with a better and more efficient government than GPS. In this regard, we are ready to fight PRN12 on an equal footing at any time.
“However, we do not support any call for early elections before the end of the emergency period, as the threat of Covid-19 in Sarawak is far from over with infection rates still the highest in the country” , did he declare.