KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed concern over the drastic spike in Covid-19 positive cases in several states as it has put a burden on the frontliners.
He said it was worrying that in a month, close to 20,000 positive cases had been recorded compared to 10,576 infections in the prior six months.
The cumulative positive cases as of yesterday was 30,090 with 246 fatalities, he said.
Muhyiddin said Sabah has so far registered the highest number of cases at 13,701 while other states that recorded over 1,000 cases are Selangor (4,360), Kuala Lumpur (2,991), Kedah (2,080) and Negeri Sembilan (1,516).
“The maps of Sabah and Selangor have shown that almost all areas have turned red where Covid-19 positives were beyond 40 cases.
“States that were green status with no Covid-19 cases such as Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka have become yellow and some areas have turned red.
“The drastic rise in Covid-19 cases has put pressure on our frontliners. In Sabah alone, more than 300 frontliners have been infected with Covid-19 while over 1,200 are under quarantine.
“There are police personnel who have contracted Covid-19 and so far, close to 11,000 of them have to be quarantined.
“The situation has added another challenge to the polce force, especially those deployed for duty at the frontline. We can’t fail our frontliners,” said Muhyiddin in a live telecast address today. NST
Only a state of emergency can stop polls, says PM
The prime minister, whose proposal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for an emergency was rejected, said provisions in the federal constitution require the vacancy in Batu Sapi to be filled within 60 days.
Similarly, the Sarawak elections must be held within 60 days from the dissolution of the state assembly.
“This is serious. If you ask me, I would say elections should not be held at this time,” he said referring to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Unless a state of emergency is declared under Article 150 of the constitution in Batu Sapi and in Sarawak, only then can we postpone both elections until the pandemic ends,” he said in special televised address today.
The Batu Sapi by-election will be held on December 5, while no date has been fixed for the Sarawak elections, which must be held by August next year.
Muhyiddin, on October 23, had an audience with the king to request a proclamation of emergency, ostensibly to combat the spread of Covid-19 infections that have been on the rise since last month.
Two days later, the Agong, after consultation with the Conference of Malay Rulers, decreed that the Covid-19 situation, although serious, did not warrant a state of emergency as the government had been handling it well.
An emergency would have seen elections suspended, as well as Parliament, where Muhyiddin faces several motions of no-confidence by MPs.
His support could also be tested when the Dewan Rakyat votes on Budget 2021, which will be tabled in the coming meeting to start on Monday. – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT