Will Sarawak DUN be dissolved today?

KUCHING : Will the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) be dissolved on Thursday to finally pave the way for the 12th state election?

As talk of an election in November gains momentum, reliable sources have told The Borneo Post today that the dissolution tomorrow is a real possibility.

Sources also claimed that the polls will be held on Nov 27 a week after the Melaka snap polls and that nomination will be on Nov 13.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders, who were contacted on the matter, said they did not know if the DUN will be dissolved as claimed.

Federal Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the existing laws allowed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, after consultation with the Yang Di Pertua Negeri, to lift the Emergency Order (EO) earlier than scheduled.

“Once the Sarawak EO is lifted, then DUN is automatically dissolved,” he said.

“And after that the Prime Minister who had gotten feedback from the National Security Council, Health Ministry and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee would have to meet the Yang Di Pertuan Agong to seek His approval to hold the state election on a preferred date,” Wan Junaidi said when contacted.

Assistant Minister in Chief Minister Department (Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah, meanwhile, said: “We (GPS) are always ready.

“And it would be up to the Yang Di Pertuan Agong to lift the Emergency Order (EO) in order to pave the way for the Sarawak election. The election can be held after the termination of the EO on or before Feb 2, 2022.”

The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building stands on the Petra Jaya side of the Sarawak River.

The EO was imposed on Sarawak immediately after the nationwide Emergency to curb the spread of Covid-19 was lifted in August this year as the state had recorded a surge in infections since the start of 2021.

Due to the Emergency, Sarawak is unable to hold its state polls although its DUN had expired in June.

The state’s EO is scheduled to be lifted on Feb 2, 2022, but the ruling coalition is allegedly aiming at holding the polls before the end of the year to avoid the implementation of Undi18, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is expected to make an official visit to the state this weekend. His agenda has not been officially released to the press.

By : CHURCHILL EDWARD – THE BORNEO POST

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