Shafie asked for Covid-19 positive patients to be allowed to vote while Warisan leader Mohamaddin Ketapi claimed that the rise in Covid-19 cases in Sabah was fake.”
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.
Voting won’t be affected by rising Covid-19 cases, says Shafie
Voting in the upcoming state polls on Sept 26 will not be hampered by the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, says Sabah caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) on Friday (Sept 18).
“We have decided that we will control the situation, but we will not go for a full lockdown,” he said.
“We will manage areas affected by Covid-19, as in the movements (of people) coming in and out.
“So this will not affect (the state election). We are managing and monitoring it round the clock.
PM concedes Sabah state poll campaigning among reasons behind recent Covid-19 spike
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has admitted that the campaigning for the recent Sabah state election was among the probable causes of the recent Covid-19 spike, as the country announced a new record high of 691 daily cases today. Muhyiddin said the Election Commission had outlined standard operating procedures for campaigning, but lamented that some failed to obey them.
“Unfortunately, there are SOPs that have not been obeyed,” he said in a special address from home as he is quarantined following minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad testing positive for Covid-19.
The Sabah election was triggered following the dissolution of the state assembly by Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, after Tan Sri Musa Aman attempted a takeover of the state government with several defectors.
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Shafie apologises to Sabahans for holding polls amid pandemic
MOHD Shafie Apdal has apologised to all Sabahans for holding the state election during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am aware we are holding elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic. And I apologise to Sabahans for facing an election that has caused us to campaign and come in touch with voters,” said the Warisan president in a special message on his Facebook page tonight.
PCS slams Shafie Apdal for failing to see risk of Covid-19
Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) leader has slammed Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for not taking into account the risk of infection in allowing Covid-19 patients to vote.
With the increase of Covid-19 cases in the state, PCS deputy president Datuk Pang Yuk Min said Warisan failed to see the health risk in allowing people, who are coronavirus positive, to go and vote.
“Yes, we can’t stop anyone from exercising their right to vote. But we’re experiencing a dangerous pandemic situation. Human lives are more important.
“How would he and Warisan answer to the people if the number of cases suddenly go out of hand because of their selfishness?” he said in a statement today.
Pang was commenting on a news report quoting Shafie as saying the government could provide the Standard Operating Procedure (for Covid-19) to enable people who have been found to be positive of the virus to cast their vote.
Warisan Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi Asked Malaysians Not Believe In Covid-19 Cases
Mohamaddin said he was perplexed as Lahad Datu recorded nearly 60 cases when the pandemic broke out globally and had suddenly spiked to 500 cases when the 16th Sabah Elections were just around the corner.
“Don’t tell me the election brings in Covid-19 – give a real account, do your work properly and don’t frighten the Sabah people,” said Mohamadin, who will be contesting under a Parti Warisan Sabah ticket in Segama.
“Don’t play with Covid-19, we know how previous propaganda had been ineffective, like Sabah joining the Philippines. I can forecast that the number of Covid-19 (cases) will drop to zero after the elections are over on Sep 27 or 28,” claimed Mohamaddin at a media conference at the Warisan office in Silam on Monday.
We didn’t want polls in Sabah, says Najib after spike in Covid-19 cases
ormer prime minister Najib Razak says it is unfair for Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) to be blamed for the spike in Covid-19 cases following the recent Sabah election.
Acknowledging that the presence of politicians to campaign in Sabah had complicated things, Najib said it was Warisan president and then caretaker chief minister Shafie Apdal who wanted to go ahead with the polls.
“It’s unfair to only blame PN and BN because we never wanted the Sabah state election to be held. The election was triggered because several Pakatan Harapan (PH) assemblymen lost their trust in Shafie and hopped to the group led by Musa Aman.
“Although he had a clear majority, the Sabah governor refused to receive Musa, even obstructing Musa from entering the state palace.
“Instead, the governor followed Shafie’s advice to dissolve the state assembly to make way for elections,” he said in a Facebook post today.
Najib said this was different from the Melaka governor’s approach in March when advised by the PH chief minister to dissolve the state assembly.
Then chief minister Adly Zahari was then forced to resign as he had lost the majority support of assemblymen in the state assembly.
He said Shafie’s request to dissolve the state assembly was opposed by Musa, with the former chief minister attempting to postpone the election three times in court.
“Shafie didn’t care. Instead, Shafie asked for Covid-19 positive patients to be allowed to vote while Warisan leader Mohamaddin Ketapi claimed that the rise in Covid-19 cases in Sabah was fake.”
He also took a swipe at PH leaders for praising Shafie’s “bravery” in dissolving the state assembly when they later shifted the blame to the federal government for allowing the election to go on.
He said several PH leaders had opposed a proposed quarantine order for those returning from Sabah, saying it would scare voters away and suppress their democratic right to vote.
“In the end, Shafie himself apologised for dissolving the state assembly and calling for elections.”
Najib said PN or BN leaders had no choice but to help campaign for Gabungan Rakyat Sabah despite being advised by their loved ones against doing so.
“Nevertheless, I still have hope in the health ministry and PN government’s ability to control the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
Source : Sabah News