KUALA LUMPUR OCT.31: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin expressed his worry on the surge of COVID-19 cases nationwide in the third wave and proposed that no state or by-election could be held at this crucial time.
However Muhyiddin said, the by-election in Batu Sapi, Sabah which is due on December 5 should convene as it is required in the Federal Constitution unless a state of emergency is declared under Article 150 Federal Constitution in Batu Sapi and Sarawak State Election
“With the declaration of a state of emergency in Batu Sapi and Sarawak then the elections in these places could be postponed until the COVID-19 is over,” Muhyiddin said in a special deliberation that was live telecast on TV1 here today.
He added, if the elections could not be postponed on whatever reasons then he urged the people in Batu Sapi and Sarawak to be extra careful and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government.
He elaborated, the Sarawak State Election could be held any time following Clause 4 Article 21 Constitution of Sarawak State that provides election should be held within 60 days after the State Legislative Assembly is dissolved.
The Batu Sapi by-election will be held on December 5, following the death of Datuk Liew Vui Keong on 2nd October 2020, believed due to lung infection.
Vui Keong was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and was a Warisan Permanent Chairman in Sabah.
Earlier Muhyiddin said, some people suggested that the voters from outside Sarawak should undergo COVID-19 screen test before casting their votes but the issue is that who is going to bear the costs and whether the laboratories have the capacity to test thousands of voters in a short time.
Muhyiddin said, the screen test would not guarantee that they will not be infected by COVID-19.
Regarding the National Budget 2021 that will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on 6th November 2020, the Prime Minister urged all Members of Parliament (MPs) to put aside political differences to ensure the Budget be approved for the interests of the people and the country.
“We should place the interests of the people above the others, and one form of understanding could be created amongst MPs to enable the Budget 2021 could be approved with the support from both the government and the opposition MPs,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin also emphasized that the National Budget 2021 will provide several provisions for the government agencies, assistance to the people and incentives for the corporate, industries and businesses in confronting COVID-19 and also the national economic recovery.
“I give assurance that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government will continue to find the best ways to manage the big crisis that prevails at the moment. The main goal for us is to win the war against COVID-19 and to ensure that the welfare of the people is protected,” Muhyiddin reiterated. –Malaysia World News