- Previous PM Muhyiddin acknowledged that the third wave of Covid-19 infections in the nation was caused by the Sabah state elections in September 2020.
- Once Melaka goes to the elections, PM Sabri warns that another Covid-19 outbreak, such as the one that occurred during the 2020 Sabah election, must be prevented.
Fears Of Covid Outbreak Once Melaka Proceeds For Elections
Once Melaka goes to the elections, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob warns that another Covid-19 outbreak, such as the one that occurred during the 2020 Sabah election, must be prevented.
“My social media was flooded with comments from people concerned that a state election in Melaka could result in something similar to what happened in Sabah.”
“Because of the Sabah elections, we saw how Covid-19 cases went up.”
Sabah 2020 Elections Covid Outbreak
The previous Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, acknowledged that the third wave of Covid-19 infections in the nation was caused by the Sabah state elections in September 2020.
On nomination day, September 12th, 2020, there were 808 total cases in Sabah, which increased by 91.5 percent to 1,547 cases on polling day, September 26th, 2020.
On the 24th of October 2020, Sabah reported 11,285 total cases, making it the first state in the nation to reach that record.
Sabah reported 24,269 cases and 181 fatalities as of November 18th, 2020.
Source- Malay Mail
New SOPS For Upcoming Elections
PM Sabri added that “if Melaka were to have state elections, I believe the Election Commission will come up with strict standard operating procedures.”
“We will also discuss this with the Health Ministry," he stated after launching the NAtional Preparedness Month 2021 event.
Today, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi highlighted concerns from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (NSC) over Covid-19, claiming that conducting snap elections in Melaka is dangerous.
In a press conference today, he suggested that, to avoid a surge in infection cases, an Emergency declaration be considered, similar to what was done in Sarawak prior to the state election there.
“I am also of the view that this pandemic issue, based on opinions from the MOH and the NSC, it is very dangerous to have the state election be held within the 60-day period as stipulated under the Elections Act. Then surely, a guide as to what happened in Sarawak perhaps can be followed."
“For that, I feel that the priority for healthcare and addressing this pandemic issue, must be given priority,” he said.
Source-The Edge Markets
Ismail Sabri, when asked whether the Melaka situation might “spread" to Putrajaya, replied that anything can happen in politics.
He did say, though, that he thought the rakyat would prefer less politicking from their leaders.
“In politics, even the impossible can become possible. However, we hope things will remain stable.”
“After the government and the Opposition signed the memorandum of understanding, we saw how things calmed down in Parliament.”
“The people are happy with this situation, they prefer not to have extreme politicking," said PM Sabri
Malaysia never fully recovered from the covid-19 outbreak, which began in September 2020.