Find a way for Covid-19 patients to vote, says Azalina

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PENGERANG: A mechanism must be developed to ensure that Malaysians who have been infected with Covid-19 are able to vote, Pengerang MP Azalina Othman Said said.

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She said all registered voters have the right to cast their ballot even when they are “unable to walk”.

“This is an issue for the health ministry, but I feel that everyone has the right to vote. For those who cannot walk, we need to bring them to cast their ballot,” she said. “So we need to study a mechanism to help voters (infected with Covid-19).”

Azalina, who is also deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, made her comment when asked to respond to Sabah caretaker chief minister Shafie Apdal’s statement earlier today on the same issue.

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He was reported to have said that “we can always provide the SOP for those people who have been found positive (for Covid-19) and there should be a line for them. We cannot stop them from exercising their right”.

Shafie said this when asked to comment on the rising Covid-19 cases in Sabah especially in Lahad Datu and Tawau and whether it will affect the voter turnout on polling day.

He said the Covid-19 situation was under control.

The health ministry reported 90 new cases of Covid-19 infections in Sabah today, most of them in the Benteng (Lahad Datu) cluster. The new infections bring the total number of cases in Malaysia to 10,147 since the pandemic began. -FMT

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