Sarawak will wait for Agong’s consent before proceeding with state election


KUCHING – Sarawak will wait for the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah whether to proceed with the state election or otherwise, soon after the Emergency Order is lifted.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although the emergency was not likely to be extended after Aug 1 following the federal government’s decision that it would not advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for an extension, there were three things that needed to be considered.

“One is the COVID-19 situation, whether our COVID situation has improved based on the figures. Two is whether the Election Commission (EC) has finalised the SOP (standard operation procedure) in that sort of situation.

“Three, as far as we are concerned, health is more important. We do not want that to be the cause of this (worsening situation) as what had happened in Sabah,” he told reporters after officiating at the launch of the Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (OUCCI) here today.

He was asked whether the state election would be held soon after the Emergency Order has been lifted.