Al-Sultan Abdullah consented on the declaration of emergency for parliamentary division election of Batu Sapi, Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR NOV 18: His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today has consented on the implementation of the proclamation declaration of emergency for the parliamentary division election (P.185) Batu Sapi, Sabah.

With the declaration of emergency, the by-election for the Batu Sapi Parliamentary seat in Sabah that was scheduled on December 5 and nomination day on November 23 will be postponed to another date.

The by-election was caused by the death of former Law Minister, Datuk Liew Vui Keong on October 2, 2020. His death was believed to be from lung infection.

Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had an audience with His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah this afternoon and presented his advice following the cabinet ministers’ meeting on the implementation of emergency declaration on the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election.

Datuk Indera Ahmad in a statement said, the decision was made based on Clause (1) Article 150 Federal Constitution to enable one Ordinance to be announced under Clause (2B) Article 150 to cancel the date already fixed to carry out the parliamentary by-election for P.185 Batu Sapi, Sabah.

“With the announcement, whatever proceedings that had started for the purpose of the by-election in Batu Sapi should not be continued with the aim to combat and stop the wave four of the transmission of COVID-19 from happening.

“His Majesty has consented that the Proclamation Declaration of Emergency for P.185 Batu Sapi, Sabah be implemented as a proactive measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the statement.

The statement added, Al-Sultan Abdullah is very concerned about the safety of the people following the surge of several new clusters and the daily COVID-19 cases since the 16th General Election (PRU) of Sabah was held on 26th September 2020.

Al-Sultan Abdullah had consented to the emergency declaration after taking into consideration the experiences in Sabah State General Election that had contributed to the main factor for the third wave of the transmission of COVID-19 to happen in the country.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had also recorded the surge had reached 148.4% or 3,842 cumulative COVID-19 cases on 10th October, 2020 after two weeks the election was held.

The daily COVID-19 cases saw a sudden surge in two weeks with the rise to 193.7% or 11,285 cumulative cases that was recorded on 24th October 2020.

His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong also consented the emergency declaration on Batu Sapi by-election after taking into account the registered voters that live outside the P.185 division are expected to cross districts and states to go back to vote.

The statement also mentioned that based on the Election Commission of Malaysia’s data, there are 32,962 registered voters for P.185 Batu Sapi and out of which 3,170 voters have home addresses outside the parliamentary division and this includes the Peninsular and Sarawak.

The statement added, it is estimated that 16,000 voters have general addresses that is without house numbers and this will make the implementation of Post Voting difficult. –Malaysia World News

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