GPS to learn lessons from Sabah polls for coming Sarawak elections

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KUCHING: One lesson Sarawak can learn from the just-concluded Sabah elections is the need to campaign in small groups, says the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women’s wing.


Its chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said this was necessary to comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We will need to fully utilise our Wanita machinery for a house-to-house campaign to reach out to our veteran voters and social media for young voters,” she said.

The next state elections are due by mid-2021, although there has been speculation that it could be held this year.

PBB is a component party of the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition, along with Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

The coalition was formed when the four parties pulled out of Barisan Nasional on June 12,2018 after Pakatan Harapan’s 14th General Election (GE14) victory.


Fatimah noted that the coming state elections would be the first time GPS would contest using its logo.

“We are going all out to ensure that our voters are familiar with the GPS logo,” she said.

SUPP Women’s chief Kho Teck Wan said that based on Sabah’s experience, a mandatory quarantine should be enforced on those returning from the election campaign to contain the spread of Covid-19 to other parts of the country.

She also proposed more active testing among those involved in the election campaign as well as strict enforcement of the SOP.

“Managing the Covid-19 outbreak is challenging for any country, let alone having an election in the midst of the pandemic.

“Our people and politicians need to be aware that being healthy and keeping the country’s economy going will need to be the priority this time around,” Kho said. -The Star

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