PUTRAJAYA OCT.30: The 15th General Election can be held provided three conditions should be adhered to namely no crossing of borders or states, no massive gatherings and no walk-about or campaigning from house to house to avoid COVID-19 from spreading.
Director General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) cannot apply the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) to stop the general election from being held as required by the regulation.
“The Act 342 was enacted in 1988 without having in mind the pandemic could happen but now there is the necessity to amend the Act and it should be referred to the Attorney General (AG),” said Dr. Noor Hisham at a press conference held here today.
Dr. Noor Hisham was responding to a question on the proposal of a political party to hold the General Election once the COVID-19 is under control and at its minimum level.
The Director General added, the standard operating procedure (SOP) for state elections had been set by MOH but the problem was when the people reached their hometowns and how they moved around in the community and this aspect should be reviewed.
“The challenge is about adhering to the SOP during the general election. The Act 342 should be strengthened for future use,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
On the situation of the corona virus pandemic in the country today, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 799 new COVID-19 cases were recorded contributing to the cumulative total to 30,889 with 10,392 active cases had been isolated and treated in the hospitals nationwide.
Meanwhile 491 patients had been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 20,248 while there were three deaths adding the death toll to 249 and 90 cases had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 20 people needed respiratory aids.
According to Dr. Noor Hisham, Sabah is still recording the highest number with 466 new COVID-19 cases (58.3%) Klang Valley 170 cases (21.3%) and the four states that are still under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) have contributed to 636 (79.6%) from the daily cases today.
However there are eight new clusters formed in certain states namely Sabah (466 cases) with Rumah Merah, Telipok and Sembulan; Selangor (150) with Merpati and Astaka; Labuan (65) with Titian; Penang (35), Negeri Sembilan (23) with Gala Cluster; Kuala Lumpur (19); Sarawak (16); Perak (10); Johor (9) with Meldrum Cluster; Kedah (5) and Putrajaya (1). –Malaysia World News