Sarawak polls must be held when term ends, Covid-19 or not, says chief minister

KUCHING (Oct 18): Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pictured) today said the State election must be held when the current term of the Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) ends in June next year.

He said there were certain individuals and parties who had suggested that the State election should not be held during this Covid-19 pandemic, but explained that the DUN must be dissolved when the current term ends to pave way for the state election.

“We have to go back to the people (for the fresh mandate) and we have a good government to manage Covid-19 (during the election process),” said Abang Johari, who is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, when closing the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Convention 2020 here today.

He said Sarawak ought to continue to be ruled by Sarawakians and not people and political parties from outside the state.

GPS is a Sarawak based coalition of four parties, namely Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) of which Abang Johari is the president, SUPP, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

As the GPS chairman, he wanted all the component parties to work together as a team win the 12th state election convincingly, adding that the coming election would make them even stronger build the future.

“No country can be successful if the people are split and without any direction to govern and develop their country, but thank God, I have got the cooperation from all the components parties,” he said.

After Sarawak had won the case on petroleum products sales tax against Petronas, he said Sarawak under GPS would continue to exercise its rights on minerals on its soil in order to diversify its income for additional revenue.

He said GPS would always think of the Sarawak people first and political stability in order bring the state to another level of progress to attain a developed state by 2030.

“Our direction is clear, that is to be a developed state in Malaysia by 2030 but to do that we must develop our economy, strengthen our financial and develop our talents (manpower),” he added.

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