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Monday, October 25, 2021

Ahmad Maslan disapproves of 'broadly termed' restrictions in Malacca election

 


PARLIAMENT | Government backbencher Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) has voiced his disapproval of the “broadly termed” ban on physical gatherings and social events related to the upcoming Malacca snap polls.

“I myself, as a member that supports the government, cannot accept what has been said.

“Any gathering activities or social events related to the election are not allowed - that is too broadly termed.

“If we read that sentence, it also means that any activity related to the election is not allowed, effective today until Nov 27.

“We want to hold a state election but any activity related to the election is not allowed,” Ahmad (above) said during his debate on the revocation of the emergency ordinances in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Allow some activities

The Health Ministry is using the Delta variant of the coronavirus as an excuse to implement such a ban during the Malacca snap polls, he said.

However, he pointed out that the Health Ministry website had stated that the risk of transmission of the Delta variant among the fully vaccinated is low, and even if infected, the symptoms will not be so bad.

“That is what is on the Health Ministry’s website but it (Delta variant) is being used as an excuse to not be able to do any activity during the Malacca election,” Ahmad said.

As such, he urged the government to review its decision to ban all physical activities and social events related to the Malacca election.

He urged for some activities to be allowed, such as house-to-house visits as well as small ceramah sessions and small gatherings.

Weird things

Similarly, Mohamad Sabu (Harapan-Kota Raja) interrupted Saifuddin Nasution Ismail’s (Harapan-Kulim Bandar Baharu) debate to question why “weird things” were happening in Malaysia recently.

“Lately there have been a lot of weird things happening in Malaysia.

“Parliamentarians are not allowed to enter Parliament and it is weird that during the emergency, the infection rate was at its highest, with deaths numbering in the hundreds every day.

“Now the Malacca state election is even weirder as Malacca is already in Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan, with full restaurants, full malls, wedding ceremonies being held and so on.

“But we cannot have ceramah, cannot campaign, cannot go house-to-house. Malaysia has become a weird country,” Mohamad said.

Yesterday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that all physical gatherings and social events related to the Malacca state election would be banned from Oct 25 to Nov 27.

Citing the need to reduce the risk of new Covid-19 infections, Khairy had said the ban includes functions to launch the election machinery of the various parties.

Malacca will go to the polls on Nov 20, with Nov 8 set as the nomination day. - Mkini

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