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Now not the right time for GE15, says Khairy

The health minister says this follows the increase in Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions as well as the emergence of new variants in the country.

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The health ministry is of the view that now is not the right time to hold the 15th general election.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this is following the increase in Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions as well as the emergence of new variants in the country.

“I feel to hold an election at this point of time would be utterly irresponsible,” he told a media conference in Putrajaya today.

On the SOPs to be enforced during the 12th Sarawak state election, Khairy said several discussion and engagement sessions on the matter have been held between the ministry and the Sarawak state secretary.

“They had submitted several requests which slightly differ to the SOPs implemented during the Melaka state election. For example, there are areas in Sarawak that have no internet access and this would make it difficult for candidates to campaign there,” he said.

He said Deputy Health Minister II Aaron Ago Dagang had been assigned to oversee election SOP matters and that decisions made will be finalised on Nov 30 before being forwarded to the Election Commission (EC).

The EC has set Dec 18 as polling day for the Sarawak election, with nomination fixed for Dec 6 and early voting on Dec 14.

On the Covid-19 situation post-Melaka election, he said usually the situation would be much clearer about 10 days after a big gathering or programme.

“The Melaka state election has just concluded. We need to wait a few more days before we can determine if there is a case spike trend,” he said.

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