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华总会长丹斯里吴添泉:短期内不宜举行全国大选或州选

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(吉隆坡7日讯)华总会长丹斯里吴添泉认为,基于国内冠病疫情告急,短期内都不应是举行全国大选或是州选的适当时机。

他说,甫结束的沙巴州选举已经加剧了疫情,而根据宪法必须未来60天内举行的另一场国会议席(三脚石)补选,如果无法展延的话,希望能够引以为鉴,确保全面遵守标准作业程序,不会再出现“政治感染群”。

他说,首相丹斯里慕尤丁也坦承,之前由于必须根据宪法而在60天内进行,在不可展延情况下举行的沙巴州选举是造成国内冠病确诊人数上升的导因之一。

吴添泉针对首相昨天傍晚通过脸书及YouTube直播方式,就冠病疫情召开特别新闻发布会所作出的宣布,于今天发表文告评论时说,最近沙州选举出现的“政治感染群”是让人担忧的,如果短期内再出现解散州会或国会而举行选举(尤其是全国大选)的话,后果肯定是不堪设想的。

“首相也表示政府将研究是否限制出席人数多的活动如大型会议、婚宴和民众集会等,以减轻冠病传播几率,在这方面,政治集会肯定是其中一个必须获得慎重考虑的活动,因为首相本身也体验和证实,在沙州选举期间,尽管选委会已制定各项标准作业程序,但一些程序如戴口罩和保持人身距离等并不被一些人遵守。”

吴添泉也对首相表示,政府目前无意再次在全国实施行动管制令或禁止全国跨州措施,以免再次重创国家和社会经济的声明表示支持,同时也对首相宣布政府会在特定的疫情红区实施针对性加强行动管制令的作法表示认同。

他希望政府能够加强目前国内两个“重灾州”,即出现13个感染群体的沙巴,以及9个感染群体的吉打州的防疫工作,包括提升筛检工作与加强卫生部人手等,以协助拉平有关曲线。

他也对首相宣布政府让沙巴6个冠病疫情红区的学校停课的决定表示支持,它也符合华总或沙华堂之前提出的相关呼吁。

华总也提出以下5点建议:

1:短期内不宜举行全国大选或州选举。

2:如果无法展延,须确保三脚石国会议席补选全面遵守标准作业程序下进行,让选情和疫情全面受控。

3:卫生部应加强人力在沙巴与吉打州协助提升防疫与抗疫工作。

4:加强边境巡查,杜绝非法入境活动。

5:即将在下月提呈国会的明年度财政预算案中,政府有必要为继续应对疫情和抗疫方面,提供相关的拨款支援,尤其是卫生部的软硬体实施方面。

Huazong: With Covid-19 getting worse, elections should be avoided at all cost

The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) has cautioned against holding snap elections or state elections, citing worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.

Its president, Tan Sri T.C Goh was concerned over the imminent by election for Batu Sapi which has to be held within 60 days, following the passing of the MP, the late Datuk Liew Vui Keong, recently.

“However, if it can’t be postponed, then the government and the relevant authorities must strive to ensure a proper and effective Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is in place and strictly adhere to, so as to prevent emergence of another ‘political cluster’,” he said.

He noted that even the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has recognized that the recent Sabah state election was one of the main contributing factors to the drastic spike in Covid-19 transmission in the country.

He was responding to the grave concern expressed by Muhyiddin in a live-telecast on social media yesterday, over the potential devastating consequences if there’s going to be a snap election nationwide, or another state election, during this period of time.

Goh noted that Muhyddin also said the government was considering banning large gatherings and such, including weddings, besides discussing with the Ministry of Health if we need new SOPs, to better contain the spread of the elusive and deadly virus.

“In this regard, the organising of political campaign and gathering is obviously a major concern which even the prime minister himself has personally experienced and witnessed for himself during the recent Sabah state election where, notwithstanding the SOPs were in place, they were nonetheless not completely foolproof or, strictly followed by those who were present,” he said.

In a statement issued today, Goh who is also the President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) also welcomed and supported the prime minister’s statement that, the government has no intention to reinstate Movement Control Order (MCO) or inter-state travel ban nationwide, citing that the nation would not be able to handle another economic crisis. Instead, the government would impose the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) in places which have been identified as ‘red zone’.

Besides this, he also hoped the government could ramp up preventive measures including testing, quarantine, contact tracing and deploying more medical staff to better contain the outbreak in Sabah and Kedah, which have been recognised as the two most affected states in the country with 13 and 9 new clusters, respectively.

He also supported the prime minister’s announcement of allowing the Sabah state government to temporarily suspend schools in the six red zones in Sabah. This was also in line with the call made by FCAS earlier.

Meanwhile, Huazong has come up with a five-point proposal for the government’s consideration, as follows:

1. Not to hold nationwide or state elections.

2. If it is really unavoidable, then the relevant authorities must strive to ensure the Batu Sapi by election is conducted under proper and stringent SOP to effectively contain Covid-19 transmission during the election.

3. Ministry of Health to deploy more medical staff to reinforce containment of the outbreak in Sabah and Kedah.

4. To step up border patrols to better prevent illegal cross-border activities.

5. The government continues to focus on fighting the pandemic, and to allocate sufficient financial resources in the coming national Budget 2021, to the Ministry of Health especially, for it to ramp up its infrastructure and facilities to better contain the pandemic.

 

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