Last Tuesday, I have responded to the statement made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB Khairy Jamaluddin who stated that Sarawak was considering using a vaccine brand in line with our government’s goal of getting its residents to complete their vaccination next August before the forthcoming state election (PRN).
I thank our media friends from MalaysiaNow who contacted me yesterday to get my response on this matter and it is no secret that Sarawak’s PRN will be held soon where we are the only one to run a separate PRN from the general election (GE).
I also stated that the Sarawak Government intends to complete its vaccination program next August in order to facilitate the implementation of our PRN possibly within 60 days after the state assembly is scheduled to be dissolved in June.
The Sarawak government must complete its vaccination program so that it can avoid the spike of Covid-19 cases which happened in the Sabah’s elections held last year. Apart from that, only the emergency order can postpone the election or change the situation as well as add that the current emergency order that will expire on August 1.
So, if the current emergency postpones the DUN sitting, then it cannot be dissolved on June 6, when the term of office officially ends. It will automatically be dissolved after the emergency ends on August 1. Presently, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) holds 68 seats out of a total of 82 seats comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP).