KUALA LUMPUR (October 25): Several Members of Parliament (MPs) who took part in the debate on revoking emergency orders in Dewan Rakyat on Monday questioned the ban on social activities, gatherings or events for the election of Melaka State (PRN).
Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) has called on the government to reconsider the decision which took effect Monday through November 27 by allowing short activities such as home visits.
“Myself, as a member supporting the government, I cannot accept that not all electoral activities are allowed.
“I ask the government to review so that events such as small ceramahs and door to door visits as well as small gatherings can be organized,” he said.
Mohamad Sabu (PH-Kota Raja), during the interception in the debate of Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PH-Kulim Bandar Bharu), asked why such a standard operating procedure (SOP) should be created when Melaka is already in phase four of the National Recovery Plan.
“Restaurants are already full, shopping centers are full, weddings can be organized, conferences are organized but ceramahs cannot take place, door to door visits are not allowed, countryside is not allowed,” he said. -he declares.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa) said the government and the Election Commission (EC) should be clearer on the double standard of not allowing any activity or social function related to the election when it has been conducted in accordance with the SOP which is more stringent than the Sabah State Election.
For example, he said, Singapore, which held its general election last year, allowed political parties to be broadcast fairly among all vying parties.
“I ask the government to give the same assurance… we must give the same access to all parties in the running.
“If Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan are arguing, it should be fairly provided. As elected representatives, we ask for this assurance and it should be a point of reference when we go to other elections in the future, ”he said.
Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (Independent-Tebrau) welcomed the government’s announcement to ban all activities and gatherings to reduce the risk of the infection spreading as Covid-19 cases increase.
He also proposed strict SOPs for state elections, including a ban on gathering supporters on nomination day on November 8 and polling date on November 20, as well as reducing the number of voters in each. polling center at the same time.
On Sunday, the Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced that apart from activities, assemblies and social functions, the organization of ceremonies to launch the electoral machine is also not allowed.
Based on the Ministry of Health (MoH) monitoring, Khairy said that among the contributors to the increase in Covid-19 cases and clusters in the country, they are linked to gatherings or social functions. that do not comply with SOPs.
A total of 18 deputies took part in the debate session on the revocation of seven emergency ordinances, namely the emergency ordinance (essential powers) 2021; Emergency ordinance (prevention and control of infectious diseases (amendment) 2021; Emergency ordinance (minimum standards of housing, accommodation and facilities for employees) (amendment) 2021; Emergency ordinance (essential powers) (# 2) 2021; Emergency (Essential Powers) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021; Emergency Ordinance (Compulsory Attendance of Offenders) (Amendment) 2021; Emergency Ordinance (National Trust Fund) (Amendment) 2021.
The Dewan Rakyat will sit for 32 days until December 16.
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