By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – The Federal Government has given its guarantee to the people and voters of the Batu Sapi Parliament constituency in Sabah that the Proclamation of Emergency on the area will not affect them.
According to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the measure was taken to postpone the Batu Sapi by-election so that the people’s lives can be protected against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The lives of the people in Batu Sapi will not be affected by the proclamation of emergency. There is no lockdown order or military ruling in Batu Sapi.
“The government’s administration, economic and social activities can go on according to the new normal practice and the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which is being enforced in Sabah now,” he said in a special address about the Batu Sapi by-election today.
Earlier, Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to declare the State of Emergency on the P.185 Batu Sapi Parliament Constituency by-election in Sabah as a proactive approach in containing the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, there is a need to cancel the Batu Sapi by-election which was scheduled to take place on 5 December.
The Proclamation of Emergency based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution was made after studying the explanation given by the Prime Minister, who had presented his advice based on a decision taken in a Cabinet meeting. The clause allows an Ordinance under Clause (2B) Article 150 to cancel a date fixed for the P.185 Batu Sapi by-election in Sabah.
Based on the data from the Election Commission (EC), there are 32,952 registered voters in the area and 3,170 of them have address outside the Parliament area, including in the Peninsular of Malaysia and Sarawak.
Meanwhile, there were 16,000 voters with general address without the house number and it would be difficult for the implementation of Postal Voting.
From the 32,962 registered voters, 7,377 or 22.3 percent are voters aged 60 years and above.
On a relevant development, Muhyiddin also said that the Cabinet Ministers had decided to advise the YDPA on the declaration of emergency after their meeting on 13 November.
“The Cabinet Ministers took into consideration on the effects of Covid-19 outbreak in Sabah following the Sabah State Election last September.
“Data showed that on 12 September which was the nomination date of the Sabah State Election, the cumulative Covid-19 cases in Sabah was 808 cases.
“On 26 September, the polling date, the cumulative Covid-19 cases in Sabah had increased to 1,547 cases, an increment of 91.5 percent.
“The Covid-19 situation in Sabah worsened with the sudden spike of cases within six weeks after the polling date,” he added. –MalaysiaGazette