2020-11-19 09:28

Muhyiddin admits Sabah state polls caused current Covid-19 wave BOD世界播



Thousands of political campaigners along with Cabinet ministers had returned to their home states after the state polls, causing a spike in cases. BOD世界播


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday (Nov 18) admitted that the Sabah state elections in September was the cause of the latest wave of Covid-19 infections in the country. BOD世界播

八达岭再也(STAR/亚洲新闻网)-马来西亚总理穆希丁·亚辛(Muhyiddin Yassin)周三(11月18日)承认,9月份的沙巴州选举是该国最新一波新冠肺炎感染的原因。BOD世界播

He was making the case for why he wanted to postpone the Dec 5 by-election for Batu Sapi, a parliamentary constituency in Sabah. BOD世界播

他是在解释为什么他想推迟沙巴州议会选区巴图萨皮(Batu Sapi)12月5日的补选。BOD世界播

Malaysia's King on Wednesday assented to the government's request to declare a state of emergency for the constituency, thus postponing the by-election. BOD世界播


The public has in the last two months blamed free-mingling of politicians and voters in the two-week campaign before the Sept 26 Sabah polls for causing a new surge of infections in the Borneo state. BOD世界播


Thousands of political campaigners along with Cabinet ministers returned to their home states after the state polls, causing a spike in coronavirus cases throughout Malaysia. BOD世界播


Speaking live over television and on social media platforms, Tan Sri Muhyiddin said although the Election Commission (EC) had set tight health protocols for the Sabah state elections, compliance was very weak. BOD世界播

坦斯里·穆希丁(Tan SRI Muhyiddin)在电视和社交媒体平台上直播时表示,尽管选举委员会(EC)为沙巴州选举制定了严格的健康协议,但遵守情况非常薄弱。BOD世界播

He added that the number of cumulative cases in the state was 808 on nomination day on Sept 12, increasing by 91.5 per cent to 1,547 cases on polling day on Sept 26. BOD世界播


Four weeks later on Oct 24, Sabah recorded 11,285 cumulative cases, becoming the first state in the country to record more than 10,000 cases. BOD世界播


Up till Wednesday, Sabah had recorded 24,269 cases and 181 deaths. BOD世界播


Malaysia on Wednesday reported 660 new cases nationwide, the first time the daily figure has fallen below 700 a day this month. BOD世界播


Sabah reported the highest number of new cases (58.6 per cent) followed by the Klang Valley (26.2 per cent) and Negeri Sembilan (4.7 per cent). BOD世界播


There were four new fatalities to bring the total deaths caused by Covid-19 to 322. BOD世界播


Mr Muhyiddin said the Cabinet lastFriday discussed in detail the effects of the Batu Sapi by-election if it were held while the Covid-19 pandemic was still contagious in Sabah. BOD世界播


"In making this consideration, the Cabinet took into account the consequences of the Covid-19 transmission in Sabah following the elections in September," he said in his live address. BOD世界播


PM Muhyiddin also said that the EC faced obstacles in trying to recruit election workers for the Batu Sapi polls, as many were afraid they would get infected while on duty. BOD世界播


He said that as at Nov 6, the EC had only succeeded in appointing 143 election officials, which is only 17.1 per cent of the 837 workers needed for the by-election. BOD世界播


The by-election was being called following the October death of its federal lawmaker. BOD世界播


Mr Muhyiddin said the by-election would be held when the pandemic was over. BOD世界播


He also said the Cabinet had sought the views of the Attorney General on the best way in terms of legislation and the Federal Constitution to postpone the by-election to another date. BOD世界播


The Constitution states that any vacancy in Parliament must be filled within 60 days, once Parliament or the State Assembly has been formally informed of a vacated seat. BOD世界播


"A state of emergency was declared in Batu Sapi, only to cancel and postpone the by-election in order to protect the lives of the people. The lives of the people in Batu Sapi will not be affected by the emergency declaration. BOD世界播


"There is no curfew or military-style government in Batu Sapi. The government administration, economic activities and social activities can continue subject to the practice of new norms and regulations as well as the SOP (standard operating procedures) under the conditional movement control order in Sabah, " said Mr Muhyiddin. BOD世界播


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